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Prophet’s Journey

Prophet of the Badlands series #1

by Matthew S. Cox

Althea struggles to adapt to an unexpected twist in her life—not being kidnapped in six whole months.

The strange police from the faraway city claim the abilities she thought of as magic are really ‘psionics,’ and say she is far stronger than anyone they have ever seen. Despite their curiosity, they let her remain in the Badlands to protect her from an evil they call corporations.

Of course, Althea knows all too well how powerful her healing gift is. For most of her life, she’d been a prize taken in raids. Tribes have killed to own her, and she let them.

But the Prophet is done being passive.

Having a family changes everything. No longer afraid to use her powers to protect herself, Althea refuses to be taken again… even when corporate mercenaries find her.

Publisher: Division Zero Press
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Tropes: Dystopian Governments, Enemy to Ally, Fish Out of Water, Found Family, I See Dead People, Post-Apocalyptic

Setting: North America, Earth, 2419

Languages Available: English

Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters

Reviews:Sefina Hawke on Reader's Favorite wrote:

Prophet's Journey (Prophet of the Badlands Book 1) by Matthew Cox is a science fiction story that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who enjoy a strong female protagonist. Althea has spent most of her young life being kidnapped by one group of raiders or another for her powerful healing gift, yet when she gains an adopted family at the age of eleven everything changes. No longer will Althea allow herself to be taken and used for her healing gifts; instead she has decided to stop being afraid of using her abilities to fight back against those that would take her from her new family. Will Althea manage to remain free or will the power of the corporations prove too much for her?

Prophet's Journey (Prophet of the Badlands Book 1) by Matthew Cox has a rather striking cover that grabbed my interest with the robot and the little girl (Althea) hiding behind some rubble; the cover immediately made me want to know the reason for her having to hide and for the dystopian appearance of the environment. I really liked Althea and I loved how the author kept her realistic with how she had to use a learning program meant for younger kids to teach her proper speaking and reading skills. It made her feel like a real little girl with the type of problems a child in her situation would have. I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to Althea. Overall, I really loved this book and I cannot wait for the second book in the series!

About the Author

Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. It took a while, but he eventually decided to take writing seriously. His first published novel, Division Zero, released in 2014.

His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of various homebrew tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.

He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.