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Riser (Teen Horror/Science Fiction) (Book #1 in The Riser Saga) [Kindle Edition]

Becca C Smith
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga. Learn more | See more teen sci-fi and fantasy

Book Description

Black swirling holes churning madly in the center of every corpse. This is how eighteen-year-old Chelsan Derée sees the deceased. Her ability to connect to the black spinning holes allows her to control every dead thing within a four-mile radius.

But that’s the least of her problems. It’s 2320 and Chelsan Derée has to survive another year of high school, which for her is pure and utter torture, mainly due to the fact that her schoolmate Jill Forester’s favorite activity is making Chelsan’s life a living hell. If that isn’t enough, Chelsan’s impossible crush on Ryan Vaughn makes her brain do somersaults on a regular basis, especially since she is positive he doesn’t know she exists. And being eighteen Chelsan has to deal with the pressure of whether or not she should take a little pill called Age-pro, which cures aging, making the world eighteen forever and highly over-populated.

When Chelsan’s mother, Janet, is brutally killed, along with everyone else in her trailer park, Chelsan finds out that she was the intended target.

Chelsan must use her power to raise and control the dead to save herself, protect her friends and take down the man responsible for murdering her mother.

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About the Author

Becca C Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. Becca wrote and illustrated Little Family Secrets, a graphic novel based on the true story of her great aunt who was famous for murdering her husband. Becca is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two cats Jack and Duke.

Product Details

  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Frog Publishing; 1 edition (November 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PPDGF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I quite literally could NOT put this book down. From beginning to end, the suspense, characters, story, and intensity kept me captivated. The main character Chelsan is quite a tragic young woman with powers beyond anything I've witnessed before in a novel. The entire story takes place in a future version of our world, and the author paints an interesting picture of what may come to pass, and the dangers of that reality. I loved the interactions between Chelsan and her friends, and how loyal they are to her no matter what the circumstances. This is just a well-written and compelling story, and I cannot wait for the next in the series! The Riser series will become as beloved as Harry Potter and the Twilight saga, with followers that have a real connection to Chelsan and her adventures. Well done!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Baffled by all the rave reviews... July 12, 2013
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I wanted to like this book, I really did. Smith has an interesting take on a future world, and definitely tried to be inventive and fresh. However, the writing was just unforgivably subpar. I felt like I was stuck in a really long story written by someone in junior high.

I've been trying to pinpoint exactly what it is that just didn't work for me, because just saying it was terrible isn't strong enough. I've narrowed it down to two specific reasons: First, none of the characters react in realistic ways to any of the events surrounding them, from the good guys to the bad, and second, Smith tries so hard to help the reader understand character motivation that she ends up ruining her book.

Character reactions: *Spoilers, fyi. No one in this book reacts to horrifying situations in any way that resembles the normal human span of emotion at ALL. The most unforgivable example is when Chelsan's mom dies. Her. Mom. Dies. This is probably one of the most devastating things that can happen to a teenage girl, especially when her mom is all she has and the death is sudden and unexpected. Most teenagers would fall apart, NOT get twitterpated over the idea of their crush two hours later. I don't care how much you're into a guy, if your mom dies your emotions are going to be way too chaotic to register any sort of romance for the next few weeks, let alone hours. And Smith writes that Chelsan is sad and devastated, she does. However, not only is Chelsan blushing and getting googley-eyed over her crush that same afternoon, she goes shopping with her friend, and then goes to school the next day. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a sci-fi teen romance for everybody! July 11, 2011
Riser is a crazy, nail-biting adventure from beginning to end!

The future, as imagined by Ms. Smith, feels on the surface like a perfect, verdant Utopia, with a population of forever-young inhabitants made immortal by a miraculous anti-aging pill. But because of the out-of-control population, there's an ominous department called "Population Control" that everyone seems to turn a blind eye to, preferring the ignorant bliss of their perfect world to the horrific reality that makes it possible.

What I love about the world of Riser is that it actually depicts a dystopian future, dressed up neatly as a flawless utopian one... a whole different spin than I've seen before. Most shocking (and intriguing!) are the ways in which Population Control keeps the population down. Exterminations, serial killers... all secret, all legal. It's creepy, but fantastic.

I'm not all that into teen romances in general, but Riser handles it in such a way that even people like me (who tend to make a beeline away from books like Twilight) can enjoy the innocence and vulnerability of the very honest and down-to-Earth love story. Great summer read... see for yourself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! May 8, 2011
A rare breath of fresh-air to find an author that not only understands the teen reader, but also science fiction and can merge the two in a such a seamless way. Having worked at Penguin Books, Grosset & Dunlap, for the last seven years I have had to read my fair share of teen publications. Riser paints a vivid picture of society in a futuristic world that is clear for the reader. It's complex characters and suspenseful action scenes make it next to impossible to put it down. Yet, the characters face the same emotional problems and triumphs of the modern teen. Smith has definitely found her voice with this audience. The world and the book are so intricately painted that the continuation of the series is obvious and the end leaves the reader yearning for more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book was recommended to me, and I must say, I am most certainly glad it was. The author has provided a fresh and imaginative tale, brought to life by an array of fantastic characters, amazing scenes, and a plot so twisted and clever you'll be reading instead of sleeping at night. Ms. Smith, I take my hat off to you. This book was a delicious and fun read and I can't wait to see more from her!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! September 15, 2010
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A fascinating peek into the future where the author had developed a truely unique view of an overpopulated (and immortal) world. I loved that the main character, a teen girl, uses her own wits...and special help herself and her friends out of some very dangerous situations. A refreshingly unusual story - I look forward to reading the next volume!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really good book
Creepy good. I won't spoil it for you, but it is definitely a book you should read if your into weird books. It's set in the future and I am really glad I won't live that long.
Published 1 month ago by Gail Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars so great
This is such a great book. I was hooked from the beginning and now I can't stop.
Published 1 month ago by Devon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 1 month ago by Patricia E. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written and captivating book. Ready to read the next one.
Published 2 months ago by Kerie Mainord
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down's hard to put down because the chapters are SO long! The book itself is good, but it's hard to find a natural break in the storyline in order to get on with one's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alisha Eastman
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Good read
Published 3 months ago by Mary Ann Winstead
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Easy read
Published 4 months ago by Knn3
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Chelsan and her friends are in a lot of trouble. The vice president of population control is after them. But that's not all. Mr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Addison Billiviios
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son loved this book.
Published 7 months ago by sherrie jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars One you will remember.
I like the content of this book. Would have given it 5 stars but there are clearly proofreading errors. Misspelling, of words, double words that mean nothing more. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. Taylor
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More About the Author

Becca C. Smith received her Business degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life.

In 2010 Becca delved into the book world by publishing her first novel, Riser followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013.

In 2012 Becca wrote the children's novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale's Treasure. She also released Atlas, the first book in a new urban fantasy series in 2013 and its sequel, Grigori Returned in 2014.

Along with writing her own material, Becca has also co-written two projects as well. First, teaming up with comic author, Carrie Smith, she co-wrote the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted based on the hit television show. Becca then paired up with dark fantasy writer, F.M. Sherrill, to pen the vampire novel, Black Moon.

She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan, and their cats Duke and Snake Plissken.

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