Book Review – Launch

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Launch by Jason C. Joyner


Sixteen-year-olds Demarcus Bartlett and Lily Beausoliel are among a select group of youth invited to an exclusive, all-expenses-paid conference at social media giant Alturas’ California headquarters. Led by charismatic founder Simon Mazor, the world’s youngest billionaire, this isn’t the typical honors society. It seems that everyone here has some secret, untapped potential, some power that may not be entirely of this world. An ancient prophecy suggests that if these teens combine their abilities, they could change the course of history. The only question is: Will it be for better or for worse?


If your teen enjoys superhero movies and stories, this might be a great book for them. When my kids were teens, they loved movies about heroes with incredible powers who protected the world from the evil villains. Launch is such a story—a Christian teen version of Avengers or X-men.

The novel begins when a large group of teens is invited to an amazing weekend at a Silicon Valley campus to meet Simon Mazor, the rising star of a new social media empire. The weekend is heralded as an opportunity for young, bright minds to help change the world. Demarcus, Lily, Harry, and Sarah Jane are four of the invited guests who become fast friends. These four teens also happen to be extremely special in that they each have recently developed unique superpowers.

The conference starts out full of exciting promise for the teens, but as the weekend continues, it appears that something more sinister is at play. Aided by a mysterious, elderly gentleman, the teens learn that their incredible powers have been bestowed on them by God and that they have received their gifts for a particular reason and at that exact moment to help stop an evil plan of destruction.

The good news is that Launch is the first novel in the Rise of the Anointed series, which means there will be more adventures with these likable characters.

A Note From the Reviewer:

As a writer and a mother, I’m always searching for wonderful Christian books for teens of all ages. I truly believe one way we can encourage teens in their faith is through fiction with positive messages, embedded in great stories. There are many fantastic Christian and Catholic teen novels out today but they can be hard to find. I’m excited to share some of these books with you.

Leslea Wahl

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