Identified: The Maya Price Story by Faith A. Rice-Mills
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: December 3rd 2012
Release Date: Science Fiction
Maya Price is a typical eighteen-year-old girl without many worries. Her biggest problems include getting ready to leave her hometown for college, figuring out how to avoid her ever-so-strange stepmother and trying to muddle though her feelings for her best friend, Pete. Yet, one of her last nights in her hometown, she and Pete are in a car accident. A stranger pulls Maya from the accident, leaving Pete behind, and takes her out of this world and into another dimension.
Maya soon discovers that she has been taken to a dimension called Leets by a group of people that call themselves shifters. Shifters are of mixed human and onyx blood and have various abilities. These shifters are able to travel between dimensions, control the four elements (fire, earth, wind, water) and the five senses (sight, sound, smell, touch and taste).
Their leader, Victoria, informs Maya that she, too, is a shifter and that she must choose to join them or risk being sought out by their greatest enemy, a shifter named Leonas. Maya joins Victoria and her ragtag group of rebel shifters at a training camp called Level One. he is teamed up with a group of seven other shifters, including a streetsmart girl named Luz, who is especially adept at controlling fire, her twin sister Espy, and a nervous boy named Lamar, who can manipulate sound better than any other shifter.
Together, Maya’s team trains for the battles that will soon be inevitable. However, Maya soon learns that her purpose is not to just move the earth or send water flying into the air. There are rumors of a hidden prophecy and that the prophecy mentions Maya by name. Supposedly, the prophecy says that Maya will one day have to choose a side and will be essential in bringing her chosen ally to power...
Maya Price never got tired of running. When she opened the front door of her family’s yellow farmhouse, it did not matter if the air was cold and biting or humid and dense. She ran, regardless. Three steps across the echoing wooden porch, left foot on the top step, right foot on the bottom step and then a slow jog.
Anyone coming down the long winding drive would observe an auburn-haired figure almost gliding over the hilly prairie land in front of her. Not bobbing awkwardly, as some runners seem to do, but gliding. It was never hard for Maya to catch her breath. For some, finding a tiny gasp of air in the very bottom space of their lungs after several miles of running is impossible. Maya Price was not a breathless runner.
Maya never seemed to notice that as she ran, the bumpy Texas sod flattened out under her feet and then returned to its normal shape. She also never noticed that the trees bent closer to her as she jogged by, as if they were trying to reach out the fingers of their branches to skim the tops of her shoulders.
Running over the hills and away from the yellow farmhouse, Maya wondered what her life would be like a year from that moment. She was going to move away from the yellow farmhouse (that had been built by her father) in Diamond, Texas, and go to the University of Texas where she had been awarded a full track scholarship.
At times, her stomach turned flips in excitement at the prospect of leaving. Most of the time, however, a horrible sick feeling moved into her intestines as she thought about leaving the farmhouse, her family and, well, Diamond.
Faith A. Rice-Mills is the author of Identified: The Maya Price Story and a handful of short stories. She moonlights as a Spanish teacher, but has wanted to be a writer since she wrote the poem “The Jackowhipp’s Wail” as an eight-year-old. Her writer’s spirit resides somewhere between Narnia and Mount Doom, but her physical body lives in Texas with her family. Besides writing, she loves reading (and will take recommendations!), yoga, coloring with her daughter, and watching Parks and Recreation with her husband. She dislikes snakes, the word “literally,” and teaching double object pronouns in Spanish. She is currently working on Burdened, the second book in The Maya Price Story series and is writing whatever short story she has to get out of her brain.