Jesse Haynes is an author and podcaster from Skiatook, Oklahoma, and writes chat fiction stories for the mobile app Radish. He published his first novel while a junior in high school and the sequel two years later. His latest novel, Gifted, released in 2019. He recently graduated from The University of Tulsa with a major in media studies. Haynes likes talking to readers about his books. He likes talking about Star Wars and basketball even more.
1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
The Beginning and the End: Dystopian Young Adult Trilogies
2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
When the Gifted rose, society fell. The global emergence of humans with supernatural powers triggered war on an unforeseen scale. The result: near extinction of all humanity.
But then the New Order formed. From the ashes of humanity, Patriarch Zather assembled a government and built the Squares—enormous, walled safe-havens where society could be restored. Ruling with an iron fist, the Patriarch waged war on the remnants of the Gifted, refusing to stop until every last one of them had been eliminated.
This led to the militia—an organized group of corrupt gun-wielders patrolling the streets in the Squares, keeping the Gifted out, and shooting the homeless for sport. The Patriarch’s militia did not enforce the law—they were the law.
Marx doesn’t know where he came from, and his only connection to his mysterious past is a tattoo on his arm. He doesn’t care about the war, the Gifted, or any of the politics. He just wants to learn what happened to his family. That is, until he made an enormous discovery: he is Gifted.
Between the Patriarch, New Order, and militia, Marx has had enough. In a quest to discover who he is, he bands with other Gifted to organize a strike back against the corrupt New Order. The Patriarch thinks war is nearing its end, but Marx sees otherwise: War has just begun.
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