Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch
On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.
Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn’s only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn’t for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn’s mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist father to his all-consuming work on the mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can escape. But when her father’s work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run—with only one place to go.
Glenn’s father is eccentric, so when he tells her something unbelievable about her mother living beyond the rift, she thinks he’s finally lost his mind. But when he’s arrested, Glenn and her friend Kevin must flee for their lives into the Rift. But beyond the Rift is nothing she could have imagined. Glenn is a smart level-headed girl thrust into a fantasy world that defies science. But I won’t go into too much detail, for those who don’t like spoilers.
This is a fast-paced adventure that blends science fiction and fantasy that readers of all ages should enjoy. Packed with magic, mystery, suspense, and drama – this unpredictable and often surprising read was pure fun and excitement. Magisterium is a charming journey from beginning to end.