Xander - Book #1 in a new Trilogy by Ravel Lopez.
The story follows Xander, a troubled young boy raised by a deranged father, as he grows to be a man, then rises to power in a struggling colony on a desolate planet.
Set thousands of years in the future, after the Earth set out to colonize new planets in desperation A pair of twin planets were discovered, both in equal but opposite orbits around a medium sized star. Both had Earth like gravity, but one flourished under terraforming, the other wouldn't. The rich planet became the metropolized center, the other became a wasteland occupied by outlaws and outcasts. For a gruesome crime he commits, Xander gets sent to a penal colony on that planet and unites the downtrodden workers, becoming a hero and leader, but at what costs?
This book was written as part of NanoWrimo 2012 and is the first in a trilogy set on these two strange planets.