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The State Series aims to activate youth to inspire and create positive mindsets to lead themselves to successful opportunities.
The State Series aims to activate youth to inspire and create positive mindsets to lead themselves to successful opportunities.
97 backers pledged $3,462 to help bring this project to life.

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What's the State Series about?

In a world, where choices are rare, a dictatorial country called Apathy is split into four divisions. The smartest young adults are forced into a phase of finding professions to help the nation. Noah, a young man, enters an academy and comes upon unlikely events that our created by an unknown person. Unknowingly, Noah is forced to participate in a sport of death; which ignites a mysterious case to find who’s responsible for his bad luck. On the search for answers he soon finds out that his nation isn’t what it seems. Noah bonds together with four students to unravel the dark reasons behind it all and to prepare to protect his life. Together, Noah and his friends choose to find the answers, but they will be tested to push themselves. Can they do it? 

Justin Susan is in the AZcentral newspaper about his journey on writing. CLICK PICTURE TO GO TO THE ARTICLE.
Justin Susan is in the AZcentral newspaper about his journey on writing. CLICK PICTURE TO GO TO THE ARTICLE.

 

 

Outcomes:

 The State Series aims to activate youth to inspire and create positive mindsets to lead themselves to successful opportunities. Reading the State Series will decrease depression, provide insightful lessons, and entertain readers with a unique story filled with suspense. The story is based around: 1) Inner workings of teamwork and team chemistry, 2) The fundamental characteristics of being a hard worker and remaining true to themselves, 3) Developing and utilizing every aspect of life to create opportunities for success. 

 

What will the book look like when finished?

  • Fiction/Dystopian
  • 8.5 inches x 5.5 inches 
  • Professional trade paperback 
  • Beautiful matte cover
  • Pure cream interior pages
  • High quality book binding
  • Library quality 
  • 300 Pages

Why will the State Series stand out?

The State Series is written and created by an 18 year old Native American teen and has been modeled as a story about important lessons in life. 

•Relatively easy understanding of vocabulary 

•More educational and mature novel than most dystopian books 

•High quality of writing and use of storytelling 

•Focuses on lessons about hard work throughout the novel

•Readers will be able to use the book as a reference for challenges in their life

•Introduction to leadership and a profound plot to entertain readers

Justin Susan speaking to high school students about writing and talks about following your dreams in life. Justin wants to help inspire others with his book the State Series.
Justin Susan speaking to high school students about writing and talks about following your dreams in life. Justin wants to help inspire others with his book the State Series.

 

Justin Susan started the State Series novel at the age of 14 and has worked very hard to develop the story. He has dedicated his life to creating the best possible book and wants to motivate others with his story.
Justin Susan started the State Series novel at the age of 14 and has worked very hard to develop the story. He has dedicated his life to creating the best possible book and wants to motivate others with his story.

 

Justin Susan, author of the State Series, and his two sisters Ashley and Taylor created a book drive for the Native Health Clinic. Ashley, Taylor and Justin delivered the books together in downtown Phoenix. (August 1, 2016).
Justin Susan, author of the State Series, and his two sisters Ashley and Taylor created a book drive for the Native Health Clinic. Ashley, Taylor and Justin delivered the books together in downtown Phoenix. (August 1, 2016).

 

Reviews on the State Series. What do students and teachers think of the State Series?

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 104 High School Students in Creative Writing and English Courses made a connection to the first chapter of the State Series. 

 100% said they would continue to read more. 

 

“What makes this a great story is that the reader is able to make a connection with the characters. As the main character progresses further in their journey making their way through trials and tribulations, you feel as you yourself is alongside the main character experiencing the same. And having the element for a reader being able to make an emotional connection with the character can develop an attachment between the readers and author that is valuable to any story.” -Anthony Britt (Glendale Community College

 

“ In just a few chapters, Susan introduces the setting, and main characters of the novel. This fiction novel contains a combination of action, mystery and romance. Using proper writing techniques, the author creates a very convincing illusion in the readers mind. Justin Susan rises to this challenge with great skill in this accomplished, atmospheric and thoughtful novel.” - Megan Pruet (Estrella Mountain Community College

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 “At the start of the story, it was a bit slow moving and bit tedious before I really got to know the main character, Noah Felix, but character development really took off and quickly began to pick up the pace. The State Series encompassed romance and honor, with a splash of humor thrown into the mix for good measure. The genre combination had me wanting to read more, I just couldn't put it down. After I finished the story I realized there were countless numbers of lessons in it. Namely, the lesson that stuck out to me was that if you want something, you have to work hard to go and get it. To me, this lesson is very relatable because, as an athlete, I have to push myself and reach new limits to better myself and my teammates. All in all, The State Series was a great read and had great lessons.” -Ari Strick (Northern Arizona University

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 “Filled with mystery, action, romance and culture this book was phenomenal. You are rooting for Noah with every turn of the page and following his amazing journey into this stronger, more mature man was so inspirational. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to read.” –Kat Mott (Glendale Community College

 

“As a teacher, you always want what’s best for students. When, I was approached by a student claiming to have written a book, I was impressed. I know him well and always hope that he can be the best possible everything he wants; however, I was also nervous. What if it’s not great? What if he’s not thorough? What if I’m indifferent or apathetic toward his dream? What I should have wondered is this: What if he is brilliant? What if he has done more than I ever expected of him? Because those things and so much more are true of The State Series. As I read, I could not help being blown away; Justin Susan did it: he really crafted a novel, and a quality one at that. Its plot line is strong, its story intriguing, its characters meaningful. I am ashamed of the doubt that I had for someone that I truly believe in, and he has proven once again how exceptional he, and his writing, are. If I know one thing, it is this: this story and this young man are not to be underestimated; both are more amazing than you can probably imagine.” - Roxane Terjesen (High School English Language Arts Teacher

 

“This instant classic leaves you wanting more! Although fiction, the main character feels real and easy to connect with as though I'm right there with him on this exhilarating quest to find answers. I couldn't put the book down! It shares this perfect blend of action, adventure, and romance to keep you on the edge of your seat. After reading it, all I wanted was more! This truly is a reputable book!” - Autumn Hoffner (Centennial High School)

  

 

“Inspirational. The best word used to describe this book. It’s interesting how this book portrays such an impacting point of view on life from the eyes of a diverse teenage boy. This book lets us see obstacles we could face throughout our life as opportunities presented to us for the change of our very own mindset. The different situations this teen passes through slowly begin to mold his ideology into something positive that not only impacted him in the end, but everyone in his surroundings. All the moments this book has, from heartwarming to jaw clenching, will make you continue reading until you have gotten the full experience it can provide.” - Ruben Mendoza (Glendale Community College)  

Sample of the State Series (First two pages).

First two pages of the State Series.
First two pages of the State Series.

 

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Risks and challenges

When we come across a unique obstacle I promise you that we will work our hardest to complete our project. Adversity is my middle name and any challenge that may come will be taken care of directly. I have and will devote my full amount of care, attention, and passion for this book. To me, this isn't a project, but a dream to publish this book. I will put forth all of my effort and time to make the best possible product for our backers.

Once we receive the support and our goal amount, then we will move to a professional freelance editor and go into editing for about 4 weeks to 7 weeks. After, we will set up and start printing the book itself. Finally, the books will be distributed to all of our backers. Editing may take longer than anticipated, however, we will still accomplish our goal of publishing.

Thank you for support and please share our project with everyone you may know. I have worked so hard for so long, and this book will be special. The State Series will inspire you.

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    A handwritten thank you letter from the author Justin Susan.
    Autographed State Series book
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    Author Justin Susan will come and speak about the inspiration and motivation behind creating the State Series. Where he found the time, how he started, and what principles he lived by. Justin will discuss the values and principals to conquer your goals. Justin Susan is a profound public speaker and has spoken before to high schools and at Native American Conferences.
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