The Goddess Candidate by Mica S. Kole
The day eleven Signposts fell out of the sky, Devon Lamont’s main concern was hiding makeup from her fundamentalist father. But when one of these fiery Signs appears outside her high school, Devon becomes one of the first people to read the strange words burned into the ground all around it: Walk through fire… and become God.
A day later, a Portuguese bartender films himself touching the Sign, crossing dimensions, and meeting angels, and the world learns that the Signs are no hoax. God is dead, and His post is up for grabs… or Satan’s got a trick up his sleeve.
But none of this matters to Devon. Touching the Sign would mean an end to her carefully cultivated double life as popular girl and pious child… and she’d rather be kissing Corey, a semi-mysterious, nerdy guitarist. But Corey has an otherworldly secret, and he—as well as half the modern world—thinks it’s worth severe burns to turn into a deity. Even worse, Devon’s father sees the flame-protected Sign as an opportunity to prove his family’s faith… and it is this steadfast devotion that could burn Devon’s world to the ground.
At 72,000 words, THE GODDESS CANDIDATE is a contemporary YA LGBTQ fantasy that explores the various effects of religion on the human capacity for tolerance and love. It pairs Kiera Cass’s THE SELECTION with the modern-day darkness and diversity of Lev Grossman’s THE MAGICIANS. It is intended to kick off a series.
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