The year is 2030, and climate change is making life on Earth more challenging. Fourteen-year-old Jasmine Guzman is struggling to come to terms with the abduction of her twin sister, Jade, and her mother’s illness. Things go from bad to worse when a series of bizarre occurrences make Jasmine wonder if she’s losing her mind. But, with help from Raphael, a boy at her new school, Jasmine learns she actually has special powers that are putting her life in danger.
Most surprising, she learns that her sister isn’t actually missing … Jasmine just needs to look in the right place: The-Place-in-Between, where the demons dwell.
Jasmine Guzman expects her first day of ninth grade at a new school to be relatively uneventful, despite living with her terminally ill mother and mourning the disappearance of her twin sister, Jade, years ago. Jasmine's assignment to Beaconsfield Collegiate, which has an unusually high number of twin students, begins of a series of events that challenges everything she knows. She, like many other twins, is actually a powerful Seer, responsible for protecting the world from demons, and she must find Jade, who now lives in the demon-riddled Place-in-Between. Though Payne's (Since You've Been Gone) story takes place sometime in the future after much of the world has been ruined by climate change, leaving refugees to seek asylum, the setting is largely irrelevant. Most of the action occurs in the Place-in-Between, a changing landscape that mirrors tragic events in human history. Competing mythologies, including Armageddon, angels, demons, and African folklore create confusion, and although there are many promising elements in Payne's first entry in the Daughters of Light series, they don't come together in a cohesive way. Ages 12 up.