Hey! I'm Jessica McKendry, and I'm a teen author. I write Young Adult fiction. So far, only Dystopian/Sci-fi, but I've got stories in other planned in other genres.

My debut novel From the Ashes is now available on in paperback, and Kindle format.

From the Ashes

I'm not sure how it all went wrong.

The concept was simple.

The Trials were made to test us. They were made to challenge our strengths; our bravery.

We were supposed to come out better.

Winning the Trials would make us Superior citizens.

It would bring us honor and demonstrate our loyalty to the Imperial Alliance.

I knew exactly what I wanted.

Until I met him.

There was something about him. Something dark. If only I had known the danger it would put us in.

I thought I knew the risks.

But I never imagined the price we'd pay.


When a student is chosen as part of the team to represent her school, she is given the chance to fulfill her dream and compete in a prestigious, galaxy-wide series of tests known as the Trials. But one in her group carries secrets that could not only end their hopes for victory, but their lives as well. An insightful, unsparing look at the good and bad that exists within us, Jessica McKendry's debut is a high-octane adventure that pushes the imagination to the limit.

Jaina Indera has been preparing her entire life for the chance to prove herself a Superior, and loyal citizen of the Imperial Alliance. In order to do so, she believes she must win the galaxy-wide competition known as the Trials. With training at her gifted school progressing swiftly, everything looks like it is on pace for her to achieve her dream…until a boy named Dragon enrolls in her class.

Suddenly doubting herself and everything she's been taught to believe, Jaina and Dragon are teamed with six of their classmates for the chance to compete and achieve Jaina's dream: winning the Trials. Consisting of four different tests, the Trials are about to test these eight young adults to the limits of their abilities. But learning to work as a team is more difficult than they ever imagined and dark secrets fro Dragon's past emerge that put them in mortal danger. Now Jaina must discover what she's really fighting for if she and her team have any hope of finishing the Trials…alive.


From the Ashes teaser: