Meridian (Meridian Series #1)

Meridian (Meridian Series #1)

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by Amber Kizer

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Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.

Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate’s tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car


Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.

Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate’s tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home—and Meridian’s body explodes in pain.

Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she’s a danger to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt’s house in Revelation, Colorado. It’s there that she learns that she is a Fenestra—the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kizer's (One Butt Cheek at a Time) sophomore outing, an urban fantasy, has intriguing premise: on her 16th birthday Meridian Sozu learns that she is a Fenestra, a human of angelic descent who acts as a "window" for souls passing to the afterlife. She is vulnerable to the malicious Nocti, who steal life energy and send souls to hell. Sent to her great-aunt Merry's house in Revelation, Colo., Meridian begin to learn how to survive and fulfill her purpose from Merry and her eventual love interest, Tens. But time is short, and the sinister Reverend Perimo is orchestrating an effort to drive Fenestra "witchcraft" out of Revelation. Kizer's ear for teenage dialogue doesn't fail, and despite numerous deus ex machina plot weaknesses, the fast pace keeps the story compelling. Less appealing are the murky metaphysics, the attribution of tragedies like Nazi atrocities to Nocti interference and the fact that souls' fates are subject to the whims and proximity of Nocti or Fenestra, rather than human choices or behavior. Ages 12—up. (Aug.)
VOYA - Robyn Guedel
What is it like to be surrounded by death? Teenager Meridian Sozu has always been a little bit different. Throughout her life, it seems that death always follows her. One day after a terrible tragedy, her parents inform her that she is a Fenestra, which is a half-angel, half-human. Meridian learns that she is the window between life and death. After she turns sixteen, Meridian is sent to live with her great-aunt who teaches her what her new life will be like. While there, she meets Tens, who is a rough but attractive boy who turns out to be her protector. Together they must try to conquer the Aternocti, a group of dark forces who capture souls near death. Teens will love this paranormal romance. The author keeps the reader interested with a little love, lots of adventure, and plenty of fun. Kizer does a nice job of developing the characters and explaining the complicated powers of the Fenestra. The story is fast paced, resulting in a quick read that teen girls will devour. Readers who enjoyed Patterson's Maximum Ride series will enjoy this one as well. Reviewer: Robyn Guedel
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Meridian's parents try to give her a normal childhood in spite of the strange attraction she holds for the dead and dying animals that appear in her bed nearly every morning. On her 16th birthday, a horrific traffic accident occurs right in front of her, causing her terrible pain even though she is uninjured. Her parents realize that the time has come to tell Meridian what she truly is: a Fenestra. Within hours she is on a bus heading to Revelation, CO, and her Auntie. She learns that a Fenestra is a being capable of opening windows into the afterlife for the dying. With the help of Great-aunt Merry, also a Fenestra, and Tens, her Protector, Meridian comes gradually, though reluctantly, to understand her powers and her place in the eternal struggle between the forces of light and darkness for the souls of humankind. The author brings a fresh voice to the realm of teen paranormal romantic fiction. Although the narrative stumbles occasionally, and the ending is hurried, the characters are compelling and the themes of good and evil, life and death will keep readers engaged.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
Constantly wracked with pain, Meridian Sozu has always been surrounded by dead insects and animals. When she witnesses a car accident on her 16th birthday, the winter solstice, her parents abandon her, hastily sending her off to Revelation, Colo. Against this chilling backdrop, at the home of her Great-Aunt Merry, she discovers that she is a Fenestra, a half-human/half-angel "window" that helps souls pass to heaven. With the help of aging Merry, a fellow Fenestra, and Protector (and love interest) Tens, Meridian learns to develop her powers against the hell-bent Aternocti, or simply Noctis (a play on Nazis), and a local cult masquerading as an evangelical congregation they've infiltrated. Although this likable heroine offers a fresh take on the supernatural, the lengthy, repetitive explanation of her powers leaves interest waning. The rushed and confusing ending requires a second (or even third) read. Despite these major obstacles, teens will still find themselves intrigued by the mysteries of life, death and beyond and how they may have played out through history. (Supernatural romance. YA)

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Meridian Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
HL590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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By Amber Kizer
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Copyright © 2009

Amber Kizer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780385906210


I got up the morning of December twenty-first anticipating a four-day weekend for the Christmas holiday. I went to a snotty private prep school that took breaks the way most people went to the dentist—?only when they really, really had to.

Which was why I had school on the twenty-first, my sixteenth birthday. My parents refused to let me skip. It was a typical, normal day. For me “normal” meant that my stomach churned so much I swallowed Tums by the roll, and never went anywhere without Advil. I used Visine to keep my eyes clear; without it, looking in the mirror meant seeing the eyes of a lifetime alcoholic. I kept a stash of Ace bandages and braces in my locker at school.

I coped. I studied. I kept up the facade, but I desperately needed a break. Time to sleep late. Time to eat too much and catch up on painting my nails with glitter. Time to stop faking it and be myself, even if no one noticed. Time to dye my hair again—currently it was the obnoxious red of tomato juice. I figured black would be a nice way to start the New Year. It fit my mood. There were also a bunch of new DVDs I wanted to watch. Movies about girls my age having crushes and friends and being absolutely, completely normal.

I tucked my requisite white cotton blouse into my perfectly pleated tartan skirt. I applied thick black eyeliner and threecoats of mascara, as if I could make the bruises beneath my eyes an accessory, then painted on clear lip gloss. I tugged at the opaque tights I wore, pushing our dress code to the limit. I didn’t mind uniforms. At least I was part of a group for once in my life. But I hated looking like a little Lolita. I stared at my reflection, hoping to see answers. Wishing I saw the solution to my life.

The phone shrilled: once, twice. I tossed my toothbrush into the sink and grabbed the hallway extension. The phone never rang for me, but I always answered it, hoping.


Silence. Breathing. Murmuring.

“Hello?” I repeated.

Mom appeared at the top of the stairs. “Who is it?” Concern deepened the lines on her face, aging her.

I shrugged at her, shook my head. “Hello?”

She yanked the phone cord out of the wall, breathing fast, suddenly wild-eyed and pale.

Dad raced up the stairs, clearly just as upset. “Another one?”

Mom’s fist clenched the cord and she fiercely wrenched me into her arms. What the hell?

“What’s going on?” I let her hold me as she caught her breath. My dad kept petting my hair. For the last five years, they hadn’t touched me except for accidents or unavoidables. Now they didn’t seem to want to let go.

“It’s started.” Dad was the first to step away.

“What’s started?” I pushed away as the downstairs phone rang.

“We’ll talk more after school. You have a big test today.” I recognized the stubborn expression on Mom’s face.

Dad pressed her shoulders, rubbed her neck like he always did when she was upset. “I think we should—”

“No, not yet. Not yet,” Mom chanted.

“What is going on?” I felt fear sizzle in my spine.

“Rosie?—” Dad cradled Mom’s cheek with one hand and reached for me.

“After school,” Mom said firmly. “Be careful today, extra careful.”

“Why don’t you tell me why?” I asked. “Is this about turning sixteen? I can wait to get my license for a few months. I mean, I’d like to drive, but if you’re this scared we can talk about it.”

Mom smoothed my hair, shaking her head. “After school.”

I shrugged and looked to my father for guidance. His expression told me he wouldn’t break rank. “Is it boys? I’m not dating; it’s not like there’s a guy—”

Mom cut me off. “Do you want pancakes?”

I never eat breakfast. “No, that’s okay. I should catch the bus or I’ll be late.” What else can there be? My grades are excellent.

“Mer-D!” Sammy launched himself at me. As a toddler he’d given me a nickname that stuck, so even now that he was six, I was still his Mer-D. “Happy birthday! I got you a presie. I got you a presie. Wanna know? Wanna know?” He danced with a maple syrup–covered fork, Jackson Pollocking every surface with stickiness.

“Later, Sammy. After school, okay? With cake?” I adored him. Loved him with the unconditional love I’d never received, except from him. He wasn’t afraid of me. He’d pretend to blow up the dead things with his Lego men or pose them in little forts, like caricatures of life.

“Cake, cake, makey-cakey.” He pranced around, his face split in a grin.

Turning back to my mom, “Why are you so freaked?” I dropped my voice so Sammy wouldn’t hear me.

Dad answered for her. “There is something we need to discuss when you get home, but it can wait.”

“Are you sure?” I pressed. I hadn’t ever seen either of them this anxious.

“You don’t want to miss your bus.” Mom hovered. She’d been swinging from overprotective to distant for the past few months. There was an almost tangible distance between us. I’d catch her scrutinizing me, like she was trying to memorize my DNA.

“You have everything you need?” She stared at me, patted my hair, and tucked an errant curl behind my ear. She always made me want to shake my head and mess up my curls even more. Mom gave me a pathetic, sad smile. She didn’t say anything else.

“Fine. Yep.” I shrugged her off, marching out of the kitchen feeling like a kid at an adults-only party, pissed that they wouldn’t just tell me what was going on. Secrets made me feel small and insignificant. There was a vibe I couldn’t place. I slid my backpack on.

Dad strode out from the kitchen. “Meridian, wait.” He drew me to him, hugging me so tight that breathing was a challenge.

“Dad?” I leaned away, confused.

At least Sammy wasn’t acting strange. He was playing with the Lego set he’d opened the day before, on his birthday. My mom, brother, and I were all born within a day or two of one another.

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Meet the Author

Amber Kizer is not one of those authors who wrote complete books at the age of three and always knew she wanted to be a writer. She merely enjoyed reading until a health challenge forced her to start living outside the box. She lives in the Seattle area on a veritable Noah’s Ark—without the big boat and only some of the rain. For more information about Amber, check out

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Meridian is a teenage girl who has seen a lot of death in her almost sixteen years. It has been a constant companion for her and she has no idea why - even small animals seem to die when they are near her. She spends most of her young life being feared by the kids around her, but that all changes as her 16th birthday nears. On her way home from school, a tragic accident happens and she is forced to flee. She goes one way and her family another. She is sent to live with her namesake, an aunt whom she only knows from the quilts that she sent for all of Meridian's birthdays. Once there she meets Tens, a mysterious boy who also lives with her aunt. Meridian is told that she is Fenestra, a descendant of Angels who sends souls on their way to the afterlife. She must learn to control her ability, because there are those who would use it against her. Let me first say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mythology of this story was entirely new for me as a reader. I felt that it was well thought out, had interesting characters, and kept me enthralled for the entire book. While I did enjoy everything about this book, I wish there had been more back-story on Tens. I read that there is another book coming out and I hope it turns into a series, because it would be a definite auto-buy for me.
DreamweaverAZ More than 1 year ago
Meridian is one of those rare books that stay with you long after you've read the last page. Amber Kizer brilliantly displays her talent for weaving together a compelling story, intriguing characters, and descriptions so vivid that you'd swear you're standing next to Meridian Sozu herself. Laced gracefully throughout the book are reflections on the gift of life and the comfort that we are not alone at the end of it. Where Meridian's destiny will take her next is a mystery-one that readers will await with great anticipation.
MandaPandaCA More than 1 year ago
Love story mixed within a fight of good and evil. Only released last month. I chose this book because it appeared when I made online orders as "bought by people who bought what you are buying". I read the online excerpts and was already hooked. I've just finished it and it didn't really end on the last page; it's actually part of a series that is just starting (next one due out in 2011; I had no idea until I had finished the first book). Religious and spiritual undertones that will have you examining your own beliefs. Invented beings I have never heard of before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amazing wish there was more than two the books r truly amazing for young adults
Jill23 More than 1 year ago
When i first read the synopsis of this book i thought it sounded really interesting and different from anything else i had read. Not to knock the book or anything because everyone likes different things but i didnt find this book very interesting at all. The whole time i was reading it i felt like i kept waiting for something to happen but it just never did...I felt like it had a really cool out there concept but the whole story was kinda half way the author never took it to the level i was expecting. I didnt connect with any of the characters or the world the author was trying to portray. It definately had its moments but i wont be eagerly awaiting the sequel...ill probably just pass altogether
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved this book. It just kept me at the edge of my seat. I thought I knew what was going and then the story line changes. Wow.
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TarenBlue More than 1 year ago
I really could not get into this book, but I finished it anyway. I think its really silly to review a book you didnt finish because I have read books that took a while to pick up. This one didnt, well not for me anyway. I liked Meridian's character, but I think I am still a bit confused as to why Tens didnt like her to start. The writing is good and the plot was okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its interesting.
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Amber kizer you read a lot about angel felt most angel based on the myths and legend not more on the stareo type but you read more myth and legend and change a little a to add teast to the stroy i wish the book was longer and more books in the series plese write more you will love book
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Angela Kotara More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot. Kept me turning the pages.
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