Launch by Jason C. Joyner

By Kathrese McKee | Book Recommendations

If you like a story that starts out fast and accelerates from there, then Launch by Jason C. Joyner is the book for you.

Launch (Rise of the Anointed) by Jason C. Joyner

Sixteen-year-olds Demarcus Bartlett and Lily Beausoliel are among a select group of youth invited to an exclusive, all-expenses-paid conference at social media giant Alturas’ California headquarters. Led by charismatic founder Simon Mazor, the world’s youngest billionaire, this isn’t the typical honors society. It seems that everyone here has some secret, untapped potential, some power that may not be entirely of this world. An ancient prophecy suggests that if these teens combine their abilities, they could change the course of history. The only question is: Will it be for better or for worse?

How did you get the idea for your book?

In the Old Testament, Samson had great strength. Elijah outran a chariot. Nowadays we would call these superpowers. What if God had to give gifts to teens today for a rising evil?

What is the main theme or lesson of your story?

You are given gifts, but how will you use them?

Does your story have a unique setting?

It’s set at a fictional tech company campus in Silicon Valley. I got to invent cool gadgets that don’t really exist because this tech company has a genius and charismatic founder. Oh, and they may be after world domination.

Why did you choose to write Young Adult fiction?

I read a lot of YA for book reviews and enjoyed the voice and immediacy of the genre. It fit how I like to write, with quips and fun mixed in with the drama.

Why did you write about superheroes?

Obviously the cultural moment for superhero movies is huge. However, I’ve always been interested in the idea of people with special abilities stepping into being heroic. We all have that capacity, perhaps not in such an earth-shattering manner as someone like the Hulk. But we all have the opportunity to be a hero to someone else by serving them in their needs.

Where can readers find your book?

Find Launch (Rise of the Anointed) on Amazon!

About Jason C. Joyner

Jason C. Joyner is a physician assistant, a writer, a Jesus-lover, and a Star Wars geek. He’s traveled from the jungles of Thailand to the cities of Australia and the Bavarian Alps of Germany. He lives in Idaho with his lovely wife, three boys, and daughter managing the chaos of sports and superheroes in his own home. Launch, a YA superhero story, is his first published novel. Find out more at

About the Author

Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.