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The New World Chronicles #1

Rise of the Protector

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AT SEVENTEEN, Jinx is doing a below-average job of staying out of trouble.

In her defense, being the first and only reject from the Virtual World she was born to enter was a bit of a bummer.

While every other denizen on her space station trains for their future life in the VR (a virtual reality designed for discovering higher wisdom and recording it), Jinx prepares for Galactic Release by shifting her trouble-making into overdrive.

When she isn’t sneaking into restricted areas, she’s devising ways to check on, Laris — the only denizen she cares for.

But when the space station’s VR goes into lockdown, trapping Laris and thousands more, Jinx is pulled into a mystery. Her race to uncover the truth reveals galactic thugs hunting her kind, an annoying zealot undermining her every move, and a hazardous virtual landscape to navigate.

So yeah, Jinx has got her hands full.

Fortunately, she’s got a waggish geek and an ice cream addicted tween AI who’ll risk their backsides to make sure she fulfills her so-called destiny. Not to mention a few new powers that’ll come in handy . . . if she can stay alive long enough to discover them.

Fingers crossed she’ll master her inner hero. The survival of Laris, humanity, and all organic life depends on it.

But hey, no pressure. She’s got till the end of the day.

Fast-paced Sci-Fantasy packed with witty banter and heart.

356 pages, Kindle Edition

First published August 13, 2019

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Winn Taylor

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Winn is a marketing copywriter by day with a background in Fine Arts, and multiple certifications in those oddball, alternative healing modalities you'd only find in California. If she's not reading or writing or creating art, she's clanging a tuning fork while backpacking through some third world country. And chances are, she can guess your rising sign.

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March 29, 2020
Rise of the Protector is about a future world where living in virtual reality “dedicated to comprehending greater truths about life and the evolution of human potential,” is everyone’s goal. Jinx is a young girl designated as 8-88 and is having trouble accepting the rules of her society, so she’s continually rebelling. Because of an inferior pineal gland, she isn’t allowed to join the VR world and is scheduled for galactic release. Jinx’s friend, 11-11 or Laris, is trapped in VR and needs help. The suspense and action as Jinx fights her way through the story, kept me engaged and wondering what would happen next.

If you like sci-fi adventure stories with a lot of action, this is something you don’t want to miss. It’s kind of a mix of Star Wars meets the Matrix with fun and exciting characters. The story is well written and edited, and the author has a real feel for the genre. I look forward to reading more of this adventure.
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433 reviews92 followers
December 17, 2019
Great characters, great story, great plot and pacing. Mix this with a bit of humor and lots of fun, and you have a great novel by Winn Taylor!
Looking forward to more in the Jinx Chronicles.
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97 reviews1 follower
April 1, 2020

Being a lover of all things fantasy and sci-fi I thought to try a new delicacy, an ordinary run of the mill story. But Winn Taylor's imagination is out of this universe and her creativity is of biblical proportions! Needless to say I was blown away! I'm hooked and follow her now, until she retires!
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131 reviews4 followers
September 15, 2020
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, and am leaving a review based only on my own impressions.

Heroes generally don’t understand their role. In their mind, they don’t think they’re heroes, they’re just doing what anyone else would do in an emergency. The thing is, though, only a handful of folks will take the initiative, put themselves on the line for a good cause, and save the day. In this book, we have Jinx, a young teenager who’s most definitely a misfit. After all, she’s the first and so far only person who was rejected to enter the virtual world that everyone enters when coming of age. She’s a trouble maker, always has been, and when she finds out her future is “something else”, she kicks that talent into overdrive to prepare herself for the real world outside the space station that’s been home all her life.

Along the way, she discovers that her best friend is now trapped in the virtual world, and appears to be the focus of some sort of prophesy. The supplier of her contraband toys (she’s a “bad” person, remember?) and a rather odd AI also seem to be wrapped up in it, as well. As, much to her astonishment and consternation, she herself appears to be. She’s not sure how to handle this, especially when she starts developing powers she doesn’t understand and can’t control.

Jinx isn’t sure she has it in her to really be a hero. After all, she’s just a kid, and never has fit in. Can she rise to the occasion? Grab this book and see!
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38 reviews
January 20, 2020
Ending was great

I almost didn't finish this book the beginning was too running on but eventually the action began and held my interest to the end
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934 reviews17 followers
October 27, 2019

Tight, believable plot. Detailed characterization. Wicked settings. All combine to create a terrific story. The fight for balance is beginning and a young woman will begin to understand that she holds a strength beyond her comprehension.
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November 11, 2019
Thank you for the opportunity to review this book as a giveaway recipient. I am excited to finish it and will update my thoughts on this book soon!
47 reviews
November 12, 2019

This is an intricate and fascinating story. I enjoyed every bit of it and look forward to reading more by this author! Bravo! Well done! Great story!
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273 reviews1 follower
December 2, 2019
Saving Organic Lifeforms

This is a great sci fi fantasy well worth reading! Highly recommended to those who love a good sci fi adventure! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
746 reviews1 follower
December 21, 2019

Shades of the matrix appeared, although different enough to be interesting and worth reading. Room left for many additional books in the stories that are sure to follow
5,239 reviews23 followers
December 16, 2020
Jinx is a young girl on a space station where almost everyone lives in a virtual reality, their bodies kept in stasis pods. It's a huge structure which brings up one problem; it's not given any background. Why was it built and why are so many people on it? Where did the virtual reality come from and why is it so similar to the plot of The Matrix?

She's been rejected for the virtual reality, though. Kind of an independent, trouble-prone seventeen-year-old. Likes to sneak into places she's not supposed to go although she learns a lot that way.

Like, there's some kind of beings taking pineal glands from humans. That's one problem. She also plans to steal a spacecraft to get off the station which is another problem. Finally, she has to find a way to protect herself from the bad guys which brings up another problem she has to solve.

I think this could have been a fairly good book if the background stuff had been explored, if it hadn't been so close to The Matrix in its basic plot and if some other things had been worked out.

I do like the Jinx character but that's about it.
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7 reviews
June 1, 2020
The ideas are quirky and existential, but still reference things I’ve heard of. And I like that someone like Jinx, who would rather kick ass in a virtual battle than do anything remotely zen, is in love with the epitome of enlightenment. But it’s not overt.
There’s plenty of geeky stuff and witty banter, which makes it a fun ride and a fresh story!
I hope there’s a next one.
110 reviews3 followers
June 13, 2022
Enjoyed this quite a bit! Kick ass story to start with bad ass protagonist that has unknown benefactors and finds her role as the pages go by. Gets a bit “super powered” toward the end but not obnoxiously so. Solid “more” rating.
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