Fantastic Books is thrilled to publish Morgan J. Bolt’s newest YA novel, The Favored, which presents a far-future theocracy in which a teenager slowly realizes the ever-present bots are as human as he is, and that maybe his world isn’t the benign utopia he thought it was.
In the book, seventeen-year-old Kallam Gondwana doesn’t care much for the thrice-weekly church services he’s forced to sit through, but they’re a minor annoyance in the life of luxury and privilege he enjoys as one of Kanda’s Favored. Whether riding roller coasters or mountain biking with his best friend Kimble, Kallam fills his days with fun and relaxation. His greatest challenge is deciding which Vocational Classes to sign up for and if he should pursue a career designing coasters or serving as a pastor. But an accident throws him into a secret world he never dreamed existed. Much tougher choices with far greater consequences now lie before Kallam, as he realizes the utopian paradise he has always known is built on lies and oppression. As his eyes open to the truth that has always surrounded him, Kallam must decide what kind of person he is and which side he wants to stand on—no matter the cost.
Author John L. French (Monsters Among Us) says The Favored is “a fascinating coming-of-age story. A terrific adventure set in a believable and terrifying future.” Author Patrick Thomas (Murphy’s Lore) says it’s “a wonderful and frightening futuristic parable for readers of all ages.”
by Morgan J. Bolt
$14.99, 228 pages, trade paperback. ISBN: 978-1-5154-2381-2.
$24.99, 228 pages, hardcover. ISBN: 978-1-5154-2382-9.
The Favored—and all Fantastic Books publications—are distributed through Ingram, and available through all major online retailers and specialty sf shops via direct order from the publisher. Review copies are available upon request.