Heroes’ Day

Heroes' Day, a social sci-fi novel by Jesse Gordon - Kindle E-book

Publisher: Madman & Moniker
ASIN: B001TDL592

In the late twenty-first century, war has become unfashionable. In its place: the Global Ranking System, a means by which the world’s Patriot nations can compete for resources via academic, artistic, athletic, and scientific contest.

Monica Sardinia is a junior national gymnast whose superior technical ability has earned her elite citizenship, credits for her hometown, and a chance to compete as a Patriot athlete on Heroes’ Day. However, when her parents can no longer afford to keep her training at her local club, she’s forced to go “common,” relinquishing her elite status and watching from the sidelines as her training partners move on to bigger and better things without her.

Struggling to adjust to her new life as an average, ordinary teenager growing up in an ailing Wisconsin suburb, Monica’s future looks bleak—that is, until she’s unexpectedly drafted as team captain of America’s precocious new national squad. It’s the chance of a lifetime, and she takes it, heading to the Olympus Space Station to train under none other than legend (and former Hero), Darren Hades. But no opportunity comes without a price, and Monica soon finds that in order to compete internationally she’ll have to do more than just master her skills, for in the world of the Patriot elite scores are the lifeblood of the economy, and the slightest misstep can send ripples across the globe.

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11 Responses to Heroes’ Day

  1. Megan Simpson says:

    Jesse’s new novel comes just in time for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and tells the story of a young gymnast whose dreams of making the national team are dashed when her parents can no longer afford to keep her training at her gym. Bitter and disillusioned, she grudgingly accepts her new life as a common citizen only to have the chance of a lifetime fall right in her lap: an invitation to serve as team captain of the United States’ new girls’ gymnastics team.

    Without giving anything away, let me just say that I found the book to be highly entertaining, not as a fast-paced sports novel, but as a more introspective character study which just happens to take place in the sports world. I would compare it to White Palms—an EXCELLENT gymnastics film—in that the focus is on the characters and not just the gymnastics. Even so, Jesse comes across as knowing his sport. There are also plenty of interesting societal ideas tossed around. For example, people competing in any capacity—whether it be sports or academics—are called “elites” and enjoy various benefits over “common” citizens, such as discounted food prices, free housing, and free public transportation. There’s also an underlying theme of the need for secrecy in a world where surveillance is the rule, and EVERYONE is chipped (or “tagged”).

    I liked Monica’s character a lot, mostly because she felt real, she had genuine, raw emotions and she made mistakes. She learned her lessons the hard way. There’s a lot here that middle school readers could relate to. Outside a handful of swear words and an in insinuated rape scene, I don’t understand why this is being marketed as an adult novel. Jesse is obviously a competent writer, but I think this would fare very well as a young adult novel with a little more action in the first few chapters. That’s the reason I gave five stars: because I think there’s such a thing as being a little TOO character-oriented. This was still a fantastic look inside the mind of a child athlete, and was ultimately more satisfying than Stories From the Steel Garden. Recommended for fans of gymnastics and socio political fiction alike.

  2. Kelly says:

    I enjoyed reading Heroes’ Day. I like the idea of the world attempting to organize the control of the economy in this manner. Both gymnastics and economics are hard to control, in their own ways, and the slightest change can cause a big change. I like how Monica had an abrupt eye-opener to the ways of the world…. Overall, Jesse, you have given me food for thought.

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  4. Karen Townsend says:

    Heroes’ Day was engaging, and such an unusual combination of “teen girl” plus “sports” plus “science fiction.” I really enjoyed it!

    Karen Townsend, Editor, Afterbirth Books

  5. Mad Maddie says:

    As the mother of a level 10 gymnast AND science fiction fan, let me say this novel is quite good, and will not disappoint readers, young or old. Both my daughter and myself immediately related to Monica’s character. I can also tell you your insights into the sport are spot on. That being said, I did a web search and noticed several other reviews of your book all had a common complaint: androgyny. I too think that this book tries to be too many things to too many people. Is it chick lit? Teen romance? Sports novel? Science fiction? Political commentary? There is so much going on I think some readers might have a hard time “getting it.” That said, the story is an interesting one, and I think relevant in today’s world. Your prose is excellent, particularly the dialog. With a light rewrite, I’m convinced this could easily find a home at any of the major publishers. All the best to you, Mr. Gordon.

  6. Kitchen Lady says:

    I enjoyed my first read of Heroes’ Day so much that I read it again for a second time. Jesse’s writing style is thoroughly enjoyable. He does a great job of being thorough in his subject research. His story is believable from the perspective of ‘what if?’ which keeps me reading through chapter after chapter without many breaks, except maybe for eating and occasionally going to work. But then I just brought Heroes’ Day with me and continued reading it on the bus and during lunch and breaks. I like how this novel feels ‘realistic’ as if Olympic competition could actually be used the way Jesse describes. That is, using strong, healthy, eager young athletes to gain a nation’s ‘neccesities’ for its citizens, instead of having cruel, mindless, senseless ‘real war’. This may or may not be the best way to deal with global issues, but I do think it would be better than the ‘norm’, aka so-called ‘business as usual’. I like Monica; she’s very real and I relate well to her. I like how she grows in character as the story unfolds. I think the book has enough variety of balancing characters, motives, opinions, and outcome. Which I won’t reveal here, since the reader should definitely check it out for him-herself. I can’t wait for Jesse’s next book(s) to be available! Keep ’em coming, J 😀

  7. LACapella says:

    This is a very intelligent piece of science fiction -mixed with sports and some interesting views about politics and sport. I also really like the way that you’ve paced the story, particularly in the last set of five chapters where you raised the pace and intensity.

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  9. Monica says:

    I am a really big fan of Heroes’ Day. My friend has an autographed copy from you, so i was wondering if you still do those and if i could have one also. thanks! -And yes, my name is really Monica. 🙂

  10. Tiff says:

    I can’t imagine living in a world like Monica’s, but you make it seem so real it could happen tomorrow. Talk about leaving your mark on the world! You hardly notice this is a dystopia until its too late. Very good “what if” story.

  11. Jane says:

    Like all your novels and stories, this was a fantastic read. You had me really thinking about life in this not too distant dystopian future, and how it relates to current events happening right now. I think I would have died trying to make Monica’s final decision!

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