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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  68 reviews
What would you do if the world was crumbling to pieces…and everyone believed you were the only person who could put it back together?

Terrorists have just bombed Disney World. A thousand miles away, a stranger shows up on Iris Spero’s stoop in Brooklyn. He brings with him a shocking secret about Iris’s birth, throwing her entire identity into question.

Suddenly, the press is
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
I hugely admire Ms. Detweiler as an author for coming up with and tackling difficult plots. That's partly the reason I was such a huge fan of her first book, Immaculate, about a teenage girl who is a virgin and pregnant.

Transcendent had another heavy plot - it begins with the bombing of Disney World and news reports about terrorists called "the Judges" killing so many innocent people. I can only imagine how hard it must have been to write about children being killed in bombings and it greatly af
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
Oct 03, 2016 marked it as books-i-gave-up-on
Shelves: first-to-read, ya, 2016
DNF @ page 130

This book is not for me. I don't know what I thought it was going to be but this is definitely not it. I am 130 pages into the book and nothing has happened expect for discussion regarding the unbelievable story of Iris's birth. I just can't make myself want to pick this one up again.
Jen Ryland
I remember reading about Immaculate, this author's debut book. As soon as I began reading Transcendent I wondered if it might be a sequel to that book, which was about a high school student who finds herself pregnant by immaculate conception.

Yes, it is. Transcendent follows Iris, that immaculately conceived baby. Iris has grown up in a seemingly normal Brooklyn family, with two parents and a younger brother. But after a terrible tragedy strikes, Iris is shocked to learn about the strange circums
Oct 09, 2016 marked it as dnf

Max Baker
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-reviewed
Immaculate was one of my favorite books of 2015 and one that I thought stood pretty well on its own, but when I realized there was a sequel days before it was scheduled to publish, I knew I needed to read it. While not necessarily a sequel or spin-off of Immaculate it does contain a few of the characters from Immaculate but you don't need to read that book to understand this one.

However, I will be reviewing this book, as well as Immaculate in a more...analytical sense because there's a lot in th
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How would you react to finding out you were born to help cure the world? And how would the world react? TRANSCENDENT stays grounded in the totally plausible here and now, an ordinary teen grappling with the fact that the circumstances of her birth have made her extraordinary, with a backdrop of tragedy that packs a huge punch. Lovely and lyrical and frighteningly believable. This book will stay with me for a good long time.
Oct 12, 2016 marked it as dnf
I tried so hard to read this, but I just can't keep going. I had so many issues with this book that I'm not sure I can summarize them all. The first, and hardest to get around, is the writing style. The writing was so heavy-handed and overdone it was hard to get through one page without rolling my eyes, and the dialogue was even more ridiculous. As a person very close in age to the main character of this book, I feel comfortable saying that no teenager talks like Iris does. I have never met a si ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
I want to preface this review with two things. First, I received this book in exchange for a fair review through Penguin's First To Read program. Second, I did not finish this book. I couldn' just wasn't very good. But it's my policy to read more than half of a book before I review it, so take that for what it's worth.

To be perfectly blunt: I didn't like this book. In the most damning of faint praise, I thought the premise had promise but the execution fell very, very short.

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I thought this story was okay. From the description, I thought it was going to be placed in the magical, supernatural genre but nope, didn't happen, which to me was disappointing. Iris isn't a bad character and I liked Zane and Zoey, but I didn't feel like the characters had too much depth in them. I didn't care for the characters. The "magical" part fell flat. I did like the way the author showed a little of how people react if there is a modern "virgin" birth and if that baby is from God. It w ...more
I received this as part of the First to Read! program with Penguin Random House.

This book surprised me after I was a few chapters in and started realizing what the subject matter was focused on. From the book description, I was expecting another young adult dystopian leader and it was far from that. The settings are places everyone recognizes: Disney World and New York City. A group of people called The Judges, bomb the happiest place on Earth. They leave behind many victims. Those that are phys
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3.5 Stars

This book is extremely hard to review. It's definitely not what I expected when I started reading it, and that affected my feelings on it somewhat. This book shouldn't be marketed as fantasy, because hearing that its a fantasy and then reading the blurb creates certain expectations as to how this book will play out. I do think it is a good book, but I also feel hoodwinked. If I had known what the book was really about then I probably wouldn't have requested/read it. This reads more like
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: it-was-just-okay
So, the writing was easy to fall into, but the problem is that I just found this story ridiculous. I just don’t believe that main character is this fucking special. I could not understand what was so brilliant about her character that separated her from everyone in the world, that stuck her on a pedestal and made everything about the bombing at Disney World better for some of those affected by it. Also, she spent the first 250 pages HIDING from life because she needed time to accept this. Like I ...more
Aug 25, 2016 added it
I got this book through Penguin's First to Read program. This is a what-if story. Teenage Iris discovers that she might be divinely chosen to save the world. And knowing that, the book explores the choices Iris makes and how her friends and family support her as she makes her way in the newly chaotic and unfamiliar world full of desperate people hungry for salvation.

Iris is definitely something special, but even with a few mystical happenings here and there, the story is careful to keep the pos
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
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Transcendent explores the life of a teenage girl who is caught between the desire to be normal and the desire to help the world around her.

Iris lives in a world in which Disneyworld has been bombed. Hope is in short supply as families were torn apart and children are hospitalized with serious injuries from the explosion.

One day a strange man shows up at Iris' house and turns her world upside down. Iris learns the truth of her birth and is fac
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Après un premier tome surprenant et addictif, j’étais très curieuse de découvrir ce que ce second opus allait nous réserver. Il est vrai que j’étais un peu sceptique concernant l’aspect miraculeux de l’histoire, sans pour autant être totalement fermée aux rebondissements. Dans ce second opus, les croyances sont présentes d’une manière un peu différente et même si l’aspect « Immaculée » était en soi extraordinaire, ce tome va aborder le sujet d’un angle différent et d’une manière convaincante pou ...more
3.5 stars

Immaculate was one of my favorite books of 2015. As soon as I finished it, I wanted more from Katelyn Detweiler. So, naturally, when Transcendent was announced, I was beyond excited.

Unfortunately, not every one of any author's books can be every reader's favorite.

Transcendent didn't live up to my expectations. They were quite high, I admit, so I suppose it may have been impossible for Transcendent to meet them. But still, I feel compelled to say how and why I feel like the book let me d
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
Magical but terrifyingly real "Transcendent" which I won through Goodreads Giveaways opens with the bombing of Disney World that killed thousands and left survivors wounded in body and spirit. Seventeen year old Iris Spero like the nation is horrified by the tragedy until a stranger shows up on her doorstep pleading for her mother's miracle child to cure his dying daughter. In a momentous twist of fate Iris's quiet, comfortable life is turned upside down when she learns the truth about her birth ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

I was incredibly excited for this book, despite not having read Immaculate before wanting to read this one. However, I did pick up Immaculate and read it before I read this one, because I was looking forward to reading the first book that Katelyn Detweiler wrote. While I though Immaculate was a good read, I also really liked this book, and I believe that the writing in Transcendent was a lot better than in Imma
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

17/20 - J'ai adoré les sentiments que l'on ressent à la lecture de ce roman et les jolis messages qu'il fait passer !
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
I received an advance copy through Penquin's First to Read. I'll have my review shortly.

Full review here:

I received a copy of this eARc through Penquin’s First to Read program. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to read and review. This will be a short review as I did not enjoy this story as much as I wanted to.

This is the story of Iris, a teenager who discovers that she may be the one divinely chosen to save the world. All of this comes to light after
S.E. Anderson
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is one of the rare books that starts strong but just fizzles as things go along.

After an awful terrorist attack that shakes the world, people are looking for a miracle. Iris never lost anyone that day, and feels survivor's guilt like many of the rest of New York city. But when a man who used to know her mom shows up at her house one day, claiming that Iris can heal his daughter - and if she doesn't, he'll tell everyone she's he second coming of Jesus - Iris's life is thrown upside down.

I so
Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for a free copy of Transcendent!

Oh boy, this book messed me up. In a thought-provoking way. In a good way, I think. In a makes-reviewing-and-rating-difficult kind of way.

Let's get this out there first: I'm an agnostic, and a deconverted one at that, so preachy books tend to get my back up. As I got into this book and realized what it was about, I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.

But this book doesn't get preachy. For a book that's about the may
Sep 29, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
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I got about 25% through this book and still felt like I didn't understand why the book was happening. The characters were dull and I just didn't care about them so I gave up.
Jerricka Habib
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

This isn't what I expected it to be but I liked it. Sometimes you get tired of dystopian settings with the one true savior to put everything right. I'm happy this book was more realistic. I do think it was a tad bit long.
Laureen (Ms. Bibliophile)
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Despite some serious religious overtones, I enjoyed this book. I started it at lunchtime, then finished it off after I got home. It was a definite page turner.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une suite sublime et totalement à la hauteur !
Comme pour le premier tome, on retrouve cet univers totalement unique, cette ambiance fantastique, quasiment mystique et pourtant incroyablement réaliste. Il est impossible de lui coller une étiquette, c'est quelque chose propre à ce diptyque, qui nous transporte immanquablement, qui nous fait vibrer et rêver, c'est tout simplement magique. C'est dans ce cadre, que nous suivons Iris, une adolescente comme les autres en apparence, qui va découvrir qu'
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

On retrouve Iris, ce bébé qui venait juste de naître à la fin d'Immaculée, à New York où elle est maintenant une jeune fille. La grossesse surmédiatisée de sa mère et son étrange conception, elle n'en a jamais entendu parler. Elle vit avec ses parents et son petit frère une vie rangée loin de tout scandale.
Un jour des terroristes font exploser une bombe à Disney World et des milliers d'enfants sont blessés, traumatisés, tués. Et malgré elle, à cause d'un c
May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is a big book. It's bulky, it's long, and in YA terms, it's longer than typical. I say this so it's absolutely clear how blown my mind is that literally nothing happened in this book.

Literally. Nothing.

The author makes a case that this is a book about some girl who finds out she's the second coming via her mother's virginal pregnancy, and she's meant to ... well, I mean, that's never really clear. Heal people? Unite people? Beg people to stop blowing up Disneyworld?

What this book is, is jus
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Detweiler, Katelyn Transcendent, 433 pages. Viking (Penguin), 2016. $18. Language: R (100+ swears, 20 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (mention of terrorist attacks).

Its been about a month since the terrorists tore apart Disney World with their barrage of bombs – killing and injuring 100’s of people – most of them small children. Iris’s life is pretty ordinary, but someone seems to think that she may be something else. Iris never knew, but her birth was actually a miracle. Really? It may ta
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Katelyn Detweiler was born and raised in Pennsylvania, living in a centuries-old farmhouse surrounded by fields and woods—a setting that fueled her childhood imagination and, many years later, inspired her YA debut, Immaculate. Katelyn is a writer by night (and weekend) and a literary agent by day, representing books for all ages and across all genres. She currently lives, works, and writes in Bro ...more
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