"This is a well-written book that a YA, sci-fi fan would enjoy. In some ways, it reminded me of Harry Potter, only with science instead of magic. When Maia arrives on Xif, she is put into a team. Her team competes with others for the chance to stay for the peace initiative
program. I liked the emphasis on science and engineering in this book, but there's also elements that seem more magical, like telekinesis. The interplay between characters was entertaining, too. There's a slowly-building sinister undertone about the true nature of the program, and Maia constantly questions the role of her birth mother in all this."
Val Muller (Musings of a Writer)
From the Back Cover
She wants out, destiny has other plans.
All thirteen year old Maia wants to be is an ordinary kid-an impossible wish in a world threatened by the Xifarians' oppressive energy laws. Caught between interplanetary intrigue and an urge to unravel the true legacy of her mother, Maia vows to find a way out somehow. Little does she know that there is no escape-in her unwilling hands lies the future of her people, her planet and even more . . .