Welcome to the afterlife of Denver—where phantom buffalo roam and ghost factions wage war.
Seventeen-year-old Ashen Deming is dead, but she can’t move on. Not with the soul of her best friend on the line. He is stuck in a horrific curse—a curse no spirit knows how to break.
Ashen is determined to find a cure, but at every turn opposing factions try to snatch her for themselves. As the menacing specters close in, a new threat is exposed—one that looms over the dead and the living—and Ashen and her posse of ghosts have one brief chance to stop them. If they fail, the entire world will be lost to darkness forever.
But Ashen’s time is running out. If she doesn’t cross over soon, she will be damned to roam the haunted city for eternity.
Dead Remnants is a YA urban fantasy, filled with dark humor and spliced with historical flashback stories, revealing real ghosts of America’s ugly past. Perfect for older teens and fans of JOSS WHEDON, NEIL GAIMAN, STEPHEN KING, and GUILLERMO DEL TORO.
When high school senior Ashen Deming dies in a bus crash, she finds herself in an afterlife where tensions mount between Warders of the dead and Light and Unseen spirits. On a bus with her best friend, Jacob, Ash dies in an explosion and wakes to a world that blends the dead with the living a ghost world with the living world just out of phase. Ash must choose to go through the Divide or to side with the Warders, Light, or Unseen, but all she truly wants is to find Jacob. Navigating the afterlife with an old cowboy named Macajah and Max, a WWII soldier, Ashen learns about Drifters souls stuck in a "nightmarish limbo" like Jacob. When a war ensues for the right to the souls of the living, Ash is caught fighting for Jacob and all mortal souls. Though some scenes feel excessively graphic and the lore is initially insufficiently explained, Forbes's creative debut offers a fanciful take on the afterlife, interwoven with Native and Western history. Ages 14 up. (Self-published)