• PRAX and the Hazardous Countdown

  • The PRAX Series, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Francis
  • Narrated by: Yu-Li Alice Shen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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In 2019, emotionally lost foster teen Philo Nockby is suddenly told his dead parents were time-traveling agents and is whisked away to the year 3451. In this complex future, some humans evolved to have triple helix DNA and civilization expanded to live below oceans, in the skies, and rule over Antarctica. 

Philo and his new friends Raelyn, Alani, and Xendo must investigate human history and the ancient martial art of kineoka at the same academy that destroyed his family, to defend the world's future from the devastating secrets his parents fought to reveal.

PRAX and the Hazardous Countdown is the first novel in an upcoming six-part book series taking place in the fictional PRAX future. This action-packed YA science-fantasy story explores themes of growing up LGBTQ+, coming of age, chosen family, friendship, futurism, overcoming adversity, young romance, discrimination, and the implications of history and politics in everyday modern life.

Time is a fickle and dangerous thing....

©2021 Matthew Francis (P)2022 Matthew Francis

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This was a fun and enjoyable read!

PRAX is a heartwarming, sci-fi, futuristic, action-packed adventure of four teens filled with intrigue, humor, and life lessons. Although it’s fiction, PRAX left me with the hope that even in the future, friendship, family and good will thrive.
There were many noteworthy and inspirational quotes, one of my favorites was: “You four have more in common than you even realize,” Superintendent Pearl confided to the first-years. “Often, the world sends us friends to make sense of the journey we’ve been forced to travel alone.” I loved reading this book, and I think other moms and their children/kids will love it too!

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Fantastic Story!

The reader, Yu-Li Alice Shen, did a fantastic job and did a great job with a book that had lots of different character voices. The book was engaging within the first ten minutes of listening. The world building was really good and immersive. You learned a lot about each character throughout the book. Overall, it was an awesome book that left you wanting more! Looking forward to the next book!

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A Story That Changed My Life! ✨

Upfront, I want to say that I am the author of this novel, so obviously I am biased, but I wanted to be the first to leave a review. This story changed my life because I wrote it during a dark and lonely time in my own life as well as when the entire world was struggling with the start of the pandemic, a crazy US election, and ugly truths in terms of race, class, and gender discrimination. Writing this tale and building this fictional world gave me an escape to pour all my thoughts and dreams for a better future into as well as create fun characters that made me laugh on my darkest days. I hope you enjoy getting wrapped up in this story’s mysteries and adventures as I have. Much Love, Matthew.