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Storm Lake Senior Publishes Book: ‘Mark of Ascension'

November 07, 2019 9:31am

(Storm Lake, IA) -- Storm Lake High School Senior Christopher Boom has published a new book, working with a co-author who is a former Storm Lake student.

Christopher Boom worked with a former Storm Lake student to craft a story about a young person’s journey as he overcomes challenges in a dystopian world Boom began working on the book, "Mark of Ascension," with his friend Joseph Kim while they were both eighth-grade students at Storm Lake Middle School. Kim has since moved to New Jersey.

The book's story is set roughly 100 years in the future and focuses on a boy who is shunned by society. It follows the boy's journey as he integrates himself, becomes more socially accepted and leaves his past behind. "Mark of Ascension" took Boom and Kim about four years to complete. "With the amount of time we put into it and now seeing that it's going out to the world, it's really gratifying," said Boom. "Our teachers have been very supportive in the process."

According to Boom, the book's genres are dystopian—he says George Orwell's "1984" is one of his inspirations—and science fiction. While there is some violence depicted, the book is appropriate for teen readers.

"Our students never cease to amaze me with their talents and ability to achieve special things," said Dr. Stacey Cole, Superintendent of the Storm Lake Community School District. "We are so proud of Christopher and Joseph. It takes true dedication to remain focused on a big project like this for four years. This is an enormous and incredibly impressive accomplishment."

"Mark of Ascension" is 340 pages and is currently available for $14.99 on Amazon ($5.99 eBook). To learn more about the book, visit .


[Courtesy of Storm Lake Community School District]