Transcendence, by C.J. Omololu, for Waiting on Wednesday

Browsing through new and forthcoming YA fantasy covers over at The Enchanted Inkpot, I found a book that I knew I had to buy, based on the cover alone. I can't, at this point in my life, support diversity in books for kids and teens by actually writing them myself, but I do have a credit card, and I know how to use it. It is also nice that it sounds like a book I'd have been interested in, regardless (but when and why did Cole become a girl's name??? For how much of the book will this bother me?)

Transcendence, by C.J. Omololu (Walker Books, June 5, 2012, Young Adult)

"When a visit to the Tower of London triggers an overwhelmingly real vision of a beheading that occurred centuries before, Cole Ryan fears she is losing her mind. A mysterious boy, Griffon Hall, comes to her aid, but the intensity of their immediate connection seems to open the floodgate of memories even wider.

As their feelings grow, Griffon reveals their common bond as members of the Akhet—an elite group of people who can remember past lives and use their collected wisdom for the good of the world. But not all Akhet are altruistic, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge their shared past. Now in extreme danger, Cole must piece together clues from many lifetimes. What she finds could ruin her chance at a future with Griffon, but risking his love may be the only way to save them both.

Full of danger, romance, and intrigue, Transcendence breathes new life into a perpetually fascinating question: What would you do with another life to live?"

I find the placement of the male and female characters on the cover interesting too--I can't decide if the dude is the passive one, with the girl being in charge, or if she is hiding behind him. I think she looks too fierce for the latter...

(Those interested in writing diversly for kids and teens might want to visit this week's series at CBC Diversity. And anyone interested in the representation of divesity on YA covers should check out this post at Kate Hart's blog)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


  1. This does sound good. Thanks for sharing about it.

  2. Yay for interracial relationships on the cover of a book! We see very little of that unfortunately.

  3. Man, I'm still trying to decide if I want to read Transcendence. On the one hand, I love the cover, and also I LOVE London! I think I'm going to have to check it out...thanks for sharing :)

    Tara @ Hobbitsies

  4. When I saw this cover posted as part of the author's reply in a discussion on... gee, some blog or website awhile back, I left myself a note to find it, and find out more about it. This is a little goose to get me going again - thank you.

    And yes!! I, too, am wondering about the positioning of the people - who's story is this, since she's behind him? Hmmm.

  5. Thanks for giving my first look. This sounds like a great book. My WOW...

  6. Tower of London, I love London, so this is enough for me to be interested in the book. Haha. So easy sometimes :p


  7. The cover is very striking. And yeah, I wonder about the positioning. I added this book to my wish list.

  8. Oooh! This does sound interesting. Great choice!

    Thanks for sharing,
    My WoW - http://paulettespapers.com/?p=2069

  9. The cover struck me as well--here in Australia we have a similar issue with very generic, anglocentric covers. I'm going to keep an eye out for this one.


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