Fourteen-year-old Riley, Taisia, Skyler and Evelina discover they have supernatural powers: Riley can produce fire, Taisia can bend nature to her will, Skyler controls water and Evelína commands thunder and lightning.
They are the legendary Astorians - Guardians of Planet Earth – but they don't know that yet. Meridius, the Guardian of Celestial Light, keeps their true identities a secret.
After the young Astorians embark on a quest to discover what makes them unique, Meridius senses a sinister power growing in the universe and begins to fear for their safety.
When they receive acceptance letters to the mysterious Aditus High School, the girls are whisked out of their ordinary homes, and into an adventure that will change their lives forever.
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Riley Weaver was drowning in her own sweat.
The air was poisoned with a foul stench of trash that spilled out of the nearby dumpsters, and the blistering heat was threatening to peel the skin off her bones. Her pale face was glowing a dull shade of red underneath the black hoodie, and she impatiently wiped the beads of sweat that formed on her forehead with the back of her tattered sleeve.
The scorching summer sun beat down on the back of her head and Riley hid her pale, freckly skin in an oversized sweatshirt with the words, “Leave It To Weaver Pool Service” written across the chest in chunky, white letters and a pair of old, tattered jeans.
She passed by the front porch of an old, decaying mobile home and scowled at the nine-year-old twins she had the misfortune of babysitting last summer. The pudgy boys set her hair on fire with a blowtorch when she decided to take a nap on the old, moth-eaten couch in their living room.
When the parents returned home, they watched in horror as Riley chased after the screaming boys in the living room with a broom. Needless to say, she got fired on the spot.
The twins greeted her with a cold stare and continued to eat their half-melted popsicles and fart water bubbles into the plastic, wading pool.
Riley cut through the long, narrow alley that led to her mobile home and halted at the sight of a group of girls that made her life miserable in Junior High.
They smoked cigarettes and guzzled down beer behind an old, tool shed.
Already translated. Translated by Olga Lima