Under the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century’s world’s government- The Sovereign Regime- control is made possible by the identity chip implanted in every human being, recording everything that is seen, done, and experienced.

No more bank accounts.

No more smart phones.

No more secrets.

When Goro inadvertently overhears an exchange of sensitive information, causing him to confront the truth about his world and prompting him to choose his true loyalties, his dream of revolution kicks into high gear. Goro doesn’t know he has covert intel in his possession both the SR and the resistance movement are desperate to acquire.

Determined to attempt the impossible task of bringing down the world government, he and his closest friends gain access to the key to ultimately deciding who has sovereignty.

But who will get to Goro first: The resistance or the Sovereign Regime?


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Guest Post

Building Relationships with students

I have found that building a bridge with my teenaged students is paramount to helping them achieve success. When someone other than a family member genuinely cares about their lives and what goes on with them, it makes a difference- even if it’s just a brief smile in their direction. I’m not all that, believe me, but I have an innate ability to connect with youth- thankfully I was born with it!  Therefore, I decided to write a YA Dystopian novel for not just my students, but for the world as well. Even though I am biased in thinking my students are rock stars!

I want my students to know that I am there for them. I want them to be able to look back over their high school years and hopefully say, “That Hughes teacher was always in my business, (they don’t really say this, lol) but no really, it was cool of her. She made an impact on my life.” THAT is the ultimate high five- when a student comes up to you years later and thanks you, saying they appreciated you being there for them. In my book Sovereignty, Goro is the ultimate cocky teenager, thinking he is all that and a bag of chips, but he learns real life giving lessons and comes out stronger and more gracious in the end.

The three main characters, Goro, Alex, and Cory are named after the three students who positively influenced my life throughout my teaching career. They say, “To teach is to touch a life forever,” well, these three students touched my life profoundly. They were the reason I stayed with teaching. I mentored all three of these exceptional students.

Building relationships with students can be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher. Of course, all my students are important to me, but every once in a while, a few will rise above the rest. Seeing students learn, grow, succeed in life, is the best feeling in the world. It’s a marathon, not a sprint and it’s never easy for a teacher to build relationships, but it is ultimately rewarding in the long run. I’ve had students tell me I was the only teacher that cared enough to check in with them. I’ve had students tell me if it wasn’t for my care and concern, they would’ve dropped out of high school. Again, this is not to point the spotlight on myself, I just want to reiterate that students don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. Many times the old clichés are too true. J

About the Author

Anjenique HughesWith master’s degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique “Jen” Hughes is a high school English and math teacher who loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is “young at heart” is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.

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