Author: Ryan Potter
Publisher: Kindle Serial, Skyscape (Episode 1, November 5, 2013; Episode 2, November 12, 2013)
Genre: YA, Paranormal
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Check out my review of - Perennial: Episodes 1-4
Synopsis: Perennial is all around you.
On the morning of the first day of senior year, Alix Keener awakens from a vivid, terrifying dream where a ghostly boy warns her: Perennial is all around you. Shaking off the dream – and the cryptic message – is more than Alix needs as she starts a new life in Beaconsfield, the posh Detroit suburb she and her dad recently moved to after her mom’s death.
Alix ignores the cryptic dream message until one of her new classmates, the alluring Lewis Wilde, mentions it – he knows something about Perennial, and hints that it has to do with a boy who died in Alix’s bedroom. Suddenly wracked by waking visions, Alix finds herself teamed up with Lewis to uncover the truth.
Alix’s developing psychic abilities become more powerful but reality becomes increasingly unclear: Alix wants to trust Lewis, but a shadowy person named Vagabond hints that Alix’s trust may be misplaced. As things become more dangerous and complex, Alix must choose whether to use her burgeoning psychic abilities or possibly lose everything that matters to her.
An Interview with Alix Keener, the Main Character in Perennial, Ryan Potter’s Latest Novel
NOTE: You won’t find any spoilers here!
By Ryan Potter
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with 17-year-old Alix Keener at Zeppelin Coffee in the posh Detroit suburb of Beaconsfield, Michigan. Intelligent, witty, and kind, Alix talked about the mystery of something known only as Perennial and the various ways it has changed her life.
Ryan Potter: We keep hearing about how different you and your Perennial story are. What can you tell us about that?
Alix Keener: Perennial came to me in a vivid dream the morning before my senior year began. Up until that point, my life goals were crystal clear. A full academic ride to the University of Michigan followed by medical school and a career as a pediatrician. But all of that changed the moment I met Lewis Wilde on the first day of school. Everything I thought I knew about life and the world turned to chaos within 24 hours.
RP: Are you saying you’ll never go to college and become a doctor?
AK: That’s a good question. Yes, I still plan on doing those things, but let’s just say I have some otherworldly business to tend to first.
RP: Fair enough. Are you in love with Lewis Wilde?
AK: Boy, you don’t beat around the bush, do you? (Laughter) My relationship with Lewis is…complicated. Lewis is the exact opposite of what my parents would want for me. Lewis has been in a lot of trouble and hasn’t had an easy life, but he’s a beautiful person inside and out. He’ll always hold a very special place in my heart.
RP: What can tell you tell us about Blade?
AK: Like Perennial and Lewis, Blade came into my life unexpectedly. Right now Blade is the best friend I have. At the moment, I trust Blade more than anything or anybody else in the world. Blade was made for me. I have a feeling we’ll be close for a long time. Maybe forever.
RP: Do you trust Blade more than Lewis?
AK: I’d rather not answer that.
RP: Do you trust Blade more than your dad?
AK: Can we move on to something else, please?
RP: Sure. Are you aware of a shadowy figure sometimes referred to as Vagabond?
AK: I am. Vagabond is my mentor but we have an uneasy alliance. He’s incredibly wise and powerful, but we don’t always agree on things. I never asked for any of this brutal Perennial business. Vagabond made it happen. He picked me. Because of that, I’ll always harbor some anger toward him.
RP: Last question, Alix. What is Perennial?
AK: That’s the billion-dollar question, isn’t it? The only way to learn about Perennial is to read Perennial. But I have to warn everybody: Perennial is all around you and will change your life forever.
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