The Light and The Loyalists
Viera Landis, author
The first in a five-book series, this book introduces a diverse, highly entertaining group of misfits who comes together to save the world from the oppressive Centaurian government, known as the Loyalists. Along the way they discover the gifts within themselves as they find friends, family, and even romance. The story begins in the Middle East and includes superpowers, daring heists and prison breaks, then ends on a pirate ship with the cast being pursued by the Loyalists.