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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I loved The Initiation by M.J. Logan. It is the first book in a series called The Righting Wars and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I want to know how it ends. I want to know if they make things “right”. It would be great if they can make things better, put America back on the right course. What are they trying to make right? That is probably the question you are asking yourself now. I will tell you. Imagine a fictional presidential election. Let’s say 2016. Imagine that the winner is divisive and makes a lot of promises, some good and some bad. Let’s say this president also has a deal with Russia and other enemies of America. This deal results in a nuclear war called 'the annihilation' in the history books. The America that comes out at the end of this war is a dictatorship where people are separated according to the color of their skin. This is what needs to be made right. This is what needs to be corrected. And there is a special group of children being born who can do this.
I wish I had written this novel. I feel exactly like M.J. Logan does. I just don’t think I could have done as great a job at telling this story. The characters are awesome, especially “Rowe”. We watch her grow from a little girl with amazing gifts into a strong, confident young woman with amazing gifts. I loved every step of the journey. She is blessed with a strong, loving family. Alfred, Maya, and others around her give her the love and skills she will need to survive. The plot is tight, cohesive, and partly ripped from today’s headlines. The setting is an imaginary and dark America, but it is an America that still has love, and still has hope. This may be one of the most important books written since 2016.