Those who are genetically strong are chosen at birth. They are the gifted.
Trained at a Gifted School to be highly skilled physically and mentally, Jaina Indera has the potential to become a Superior. She could live out her life the Crystal City, the richest, and by far the most beautiful city in the galaxy. But Superiority demands a deadly price.
To gain the title, she must survive the Trials.
Being selected as a competitor is only the beginning. Teamed up with seven of her classmates, Jaina will compete in four challenges against other Gifted Schools around the galaxy. She soon finds that working together is harder than she expected.
With the sudden appearance of a boy called Dragon, her plans for the future are put in question. Secretly, she begins to doubt everything she's been taught to believe. Yet Dragon has a dark secret of his own, which could lead to her demise.
In a world where mercy is a weakness, and only the ruthless prevail, Jaina must discover who she is and what she's really fighting for.
First 150 Words:
Altair raced through the jungle trees. His heart pounded so hard against his ribs it hurt. His legs wanted to give out. Every breath he took was strained, but he forced himself forward. He was almost there.
The edge of the jungle came into view, and he charged out into the open. White Tarnoshian marble buildings surrounded the courtyard, towering over him like giants.
A bell rang. Students rushed into the courtyard. The setting sun made the fountain in the center look gold.
Touching the cool stone of the fountain, Altair stopped to catch his breath. When his opponent ran into view, he smiled.
"I won!" he cried.
"Only because you're two years older," Liam panted between gasps. "I bet you weren't as fast as me when you were six."
Altair laughed. "I was wayfaster."
Liam kicked at a rock on the ground. "I'll beat you in something, someday."