On The Table Read, “the best book magazine in the UK“, The Zadok Series by Nikki Minty, starting with Pastel Pink, is a YA fantasy trilogy exploring issues of reincarnation, inclusion, and equality.
What if everyone who dies on Earth is reincarnated in a new world—vastly different from our own—with a strict, caste color system? Such is the intriguing premise at the core of Nikki Minty’s compelling young adult saga, The Zadok Series.
The first book in the series, Pastel Pink, introduces readers to Ruby, who was murdered on Earth 18 years ago and reincarnated on Zadok as a Pastel Zeek named Harlow. Born at the bottom of her race’s caste color system to a middle-class family of Magentas, Harlow is a source of conflict among the ruling Purples, and a source of derision from all three colors.
In a plot twist, Harlow’s human spirit is unexpectedly drawn back to Earth, and her double life has her toggling between Zadok, where she is embroiled with a young man determined to disrupt the caste color system; and Earth, where she finds herself tempted by an impossible relationship with a handsome human. The decisions Harlow makes could have dire consequences on both planets.
The Zadok Series
Books two and three of the trilogy, Ruby Red and Powerful Purples, dive deeper into Zadok’s history, reveal new secrets, introduce new characters and follow Harlow’s future exploits. She and those in her orbit continue to navigate romance, political intrigue and moral dilemmas while attempting to neutralize the color caste system on their way to a surprising resolution.
With undercurrents of the importance of inclusion and looking beyond someone’s color and creed, The Zadok Series touches on timely topics and aims to create a vivid, immersive experience for teens and young adult readers.
“My son Randall Jackson, aka RJ, helped to inspire The Zadok Series,” Minty explained. “We were sitting in the library … when the question, ‘I wonder what happens after you die’ came up. RJ said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if every time we died, we regenerated onto a different planet?’”
As a tribute, Minty added, one of the characters is modelled after RJ, who has Asperger’s/Autism and, in her own words, “is quirky with a brain like an encyclopedia.”
Born in Queensland, Australia, 1984, Nikki Minty rose into this world with a wild imagination. As a young girl, she would lie in bed with her family, co-telling stories about the big bad wolf and his turbulent adventures.
Nikki Minty is a writer and avid reader of YA. She loves fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural elements, magical realism and romance. Amanda Hocking is her all-time favorite author, she has a huge collection of Monster High Dolls, and her favorite color is red.
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For more information, visit https://nikkiminty.com, or follow the author on Instagram (@nikstamint) or Twitter (@NikkiMinty1).
Pastel Pink (Zadok Series Book 1)
Ruby Red (Zadok Series Book 2)
Powerful Purples (Zadok Series Book 3)
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