The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare

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For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she's really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World's Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can't explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more ...

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Overview

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she's really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World's Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can't explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal's office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn't until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren't really visions. Alex is a Descender - capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn't want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

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"Beautiful prose, an intelligent plot, and a heroine as fabulous as she is unique—I couldn't put it down!" ~ C. J. Redwine, author of the Defiance Trilogy
“I never expected The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare to be as good as it was. It took me completely by surprise and turned out to be quite possibly one of the best novels from Strange Chemistry books to date. Forget popular books like The Hunger Games & Twilight, M.G. Buehrlen’s debut novel is something that every young adult fan should read.”
- Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

“It is addictive and completely unputdownable. M.G. Buehrlen has astounded me; she’s a genius. I couldn’t put this book down, couldn’t stop. There’s mystery and intrigue and about a thousand hints and red herrings to throw you off. This is the kind of book that needs to be read, book-club style, and talked about: “what’s going on?”, “who did this?” “whyyyyy?!” All this—and more. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is a stunning novel that is expertly written and paced and presented and—and everything. This book is beautifully heart-breaking and inspiring and terrifying and meaningful. It will surprise and delight and astonish.”
- Jet Black Ink

“a non-stop thrill-a-minute ride with some quick detours in our thinking necessary.  I did not want this book to end, and will anxiously await the next book in the sequel! Looking for a good book?  This YA sci-fi adventure is a good book!”
- Looking For A Good Book

“a fun, fast paced read…a wonderful debut novel, and I hope to see a sequel from this author soon.”
- Avid Reviews

“The writing is superb as is the character development. The story-line will rivet until the wee hours of the morning, and thankfully, the novel is longer than most so you can make the enjoyment last a little longer. I want more of this story and more of this author.”
- Koeur’s Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908844934
  • Publisher: Watkins Media
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 292,998
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

When she’s not writing about teens who save the world, M. G. moonlights as a web designer and social media marketing buff, and she’s the current mastermind lurking behind the hugely popular website YABooksCentral.com, a social network for YA (and kids!) book lovers.

Places you might find M. G. hiding: in her creaky old house nestled in Michigan pines, sipping coffee on her porch, playing in leaf piles, cooking over campfires, and dipping her toes in creek beds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Hi

    Needs 2 b a series

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  • Posted July 3, 2014

    I have to say of all the time traveling books I've read I have t

    I have to say of all the time traveling books I've read I have to say I really enjoyed this one more so than the others (granted it hasn't really been that many I have read, but still). I do have to say that I was not all that fond of the personality of the main character Alex Wayfare in the beginning of the book, she was pretty much one of those "mean girl" types that I went to high school with with a piss pour attitude towards everyone, however she was much more bearable in the end. With that being said I have to say it's a pretty good read if you like a little scifi mixed with humor, action, and a tad of romance. I will probably read it again in the future.

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  • Posted June 26, 2014

    Alex can't explain some of the things that happen to her. She fi

    Alex can't explain some of the things that happen to her. She finds herself having 'visions' that feel so real, it's as though she was there when it happened, and that seems to be getting her in trouble. 

    What Alex finally finds out is that she's what is called a 'Descender'. She can travel back in time by accessing any one of her fifty-six past lives. 

    CAN YOU IMAGINE? I mean... I don't know if I believe in past-lives or anything, but it's definitely intriguing and Buehrlen definitely provides us with a story that kept me turning pages. I was so interested in the past lives that she had lived I wanted her to keep going back... alas, we only get to experience a few of them in this installment - though I'm definitely looking forward to book 2 to see where we go from there. 

    In addition to the time-travel aspect we definitely get some mystery and suspense as well as a bit of a romance that will give you some absolute swoons. 

    I truly enjoyed this read and if you like unique plots definitely add this to your 'to read' list!

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