The Ascender


Young Adult - Sci-Fi
227 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2020
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Debjeet Mukherjee for Readers' Favorite

The Ascender by Tracey L. Pacelli is a work of science fiction based on The Mandela Effect and other cool fantasy stuff from the future. This book will appeal to young readers who ponder the ‘what if’ questions related to science, technology, aliens, and more. Billy Magnusson is a twelve-year-old boy who is always on the move with his mother since his dad works for the military as an inventor. He has experienced energy wave attacks since childhood, which alters his present reality, even to the extent of adding a younger brother to his family. Billy, together with his school friends from The Ascension Club, must get to the root of things before it's too late since great inventors are always at risk of getting hurt or erased from history.

Tracey L. Pacelli has done a commendable job of infusing high school drama into a mystery thriller plot that has readers hooked till the last page. The language is simple and the characters are vivid, each playing important roles during hours of need. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fast-paced story which reminded me of sci-fi cartoons such as ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ and Tom Cruise’s Hollywood hits like ‘Minority Report’ and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’. The Ascender has the potential to be a blockbuster series as science fiction remains evergreen in today’s generation, topping the charts across streaming services. The climax and narration by the author were very well executed, unexpectedly satisfying, and I see a lot of potential in this story for a sequel!