THE INITIATION by Chris
Babu Genre: YA sci-fi Release Date: February 27th 2018 Permuted Press Everyone is equal. But no one
In a ruined world, Manhattan is now New America, a walled-in society based on
equality. But the perfect facade hides a dark truth.
A timid math geek, sixteen-year-old Drayden watches his life crumble when his
beloved mother is exiled. The mystery of her banishment leads him to a sinister
secret: New America is in trouble, and every one of its citizens is in
With time running out, he enters the Initiation. It’s a test within the empty
subway tunnels—a perilous journey of puzzles and deadly physical trials.
Winners join the ruling Bureau and move to its safe haven. But failure means
death. Can Drayden conquer the Initiation, or is salvation out of his grasp?
Chris Babu grew up in North Haven, CT, playing soccer and the
violin in his free time. After devouring The Shining under the
covers with a flashlight when he was eight, Chris was hooked on fiction. He's
always had a thing for young adult books. But he's also a major science and
math nerd - physics being his favorite - and he has a math degree from MIT.
For nineteen years, he worked as a bond trader on Wall Street, riding the
subway to and from work every day. He traded mortgage-backed securities for
Bank of America and then Deutsche Bank, where he eventually ran the MBS trading
desk. Now Chris writes full-time, always with his trusted assistant Buddy, a
130-pound Great Dane, who can usually be found on his lap. They split their
time between New York City and the east end of Long Island. Their omnipresence
at home drives his wife Michelle and daughter Lily crazy. The
Initiation is his first novel.