Ryan Gattis, the author of the novel All Involved, is out with his latest book, titled AIR, published by Adaptive Books.
"When 17-year-old Grey witnesses the tragic death of his mother in Colorado, he is shipped off to live with his aunt in inner-city Baltimore," the novel's synopsis reads. "Grey struggles to fit into his new school and environment until his new friend, Akil, introduces him to the enigmatic Kurtis, the leader of a group that uses high-octane sports as a form of social activism. By challenging the police with death-defying stunts and then posting videos of them online, Kurtis, Grey, and their group become unlikely heroes in the fight against the prejudice that surrounds them."
Further details reveal the pair come up with a name, an insignia, and bring more followers into their legion. But things start treading into gray areas when some of their extreme acts border on criminal behavior, bringing them into conflict with the police as they try balancing their cause of standing up for the underprivileged and disenfranchised, and against prejudice.
"Breaking through barriers helps others see what can be done," the clip's narrator says, soon speaking the names of the likes of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and other Black teens who had famous encounters with the police that left them dead. The synopsis ask a poignant question about the crew's mission: "How far will Grey and Kurtis go to push their message, and can their fragile alliance withstand their growing power?"
You'll have to read the book to find out what happens in this tale that relates so closely to current events, but in the meantime, get into the story with A Plus' exclusive look at the book's trailer. Featuring members of the Los Angeles-based Bikes Over Bang'N — which was created to decrease gang violence, substance abuse, and juvenile delinquency by giving at-risk youth the opportunity to ride BMX bikes and participate in motorsports — and directed by Project Greenlight alum Nico Raineau.