• by K. J. McPike
  • Narrated by Natalie Hoyt
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first time it happened, Lali Yavari told herself it was just a dream. But when she starts flashing between realities during the day and seeing people disappear before her very eyes, she can't deny that something is happening to her - something she's sure is linked to her mother's disappearance.
Then the unsettling Kai Awana shows up at school, and Lali discovers she has inherited her mother's ability to astral project - with a surprising twist. Not only that, but Kai needs her help to get to a world she never knew existed. In exchange, Kai promises to help Lali find her mom using his own unique ability.
Now Lali must learn to control her budding power if she ever hopes to see her mother again. She's not sure she can trust Kai, but with her mother's life hanging in the balance, will she have a choice?


What the Critics Say

"Debut author McPike crosses large family dynamics with tightly conceived superpowers to maximum effect. McPike succeeds in telling an emotionally jagged tale while setting up the rest of the series.... An intriguing story driven equally by plot, characters, and angst." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

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Very Interesting YA Series

The Young Adult genre is becoming especially popular, especially the sci-fi/fantasy types. However, this book seemed to put an interesting twist and storyline to the nearly fill-in-the-blank YA framework that every book seems to follow.

A teenage girl named Lali and her family are still in disarray after the sudden disappearance of their mother. There are too many unanswered questions and too many things don't make sense. And that's not the only strange thing that is happening. Lali is beginning to discover an ability she didn't know she had... Or is it just a dream? All the research she does points to Astral Projection. Is that the ability she has? Is it real? Could the stories her mother told her as a child have something to do with this ability? Could she astral project as well? If so, does it have something to do with her sudden abandonment of her family?

Some answers come in the form of a new friend and his uncle. He has abilities of his own, though different from hers. Not only that, but he is also missing a loved one. Will they find their missing family if they work together? Are he and his uncle everything they claim to be?

As I said, I thought the author was very creative with the supernatural abilities she created for the story, and that this was a refreshing twist on the predictable framework YA novels we are seeing on the bookshelves.

The narration was solid and good enough to earn 5 stars.

Those who like YA novels and/or stories with supernatural abilities will almost certainly like this book.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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- Striker

Overall good, but some parts seem overdeveloped

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd get to the point faster. The beginning just drags on. There's to much information with some glimpses of the overall story, but it wasn't interesting enough to stick with it.

Would you recommend XODUS to your friends? Why or why not?

To some of them, yes, to others that are less patient, no.

Which character – as performed by Natalie Hoyt – was your favorite?

I can't remember his name, but the best friend that owns a truck was great.

Was XODUS worth the listening time?

Yes more or less. McPike is a good storyteller, but it was just slow for me.

Any additional comments?

Maybe in a couple years I'll revisit it and change my mind, but for now, I just stopped about 1/3 in. It's good. The performance and words are good, just right now for me this doesn't appear to get to the point.

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- Walt Snider

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2015
  • Publisher: Terracotta Rose Publishing in association with Fuzzy Hedgehog Press