Thursday, August 28, 2014

Up and Coming: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

 Did you know that Scott Westerfeld has a new book coming out this fall? Librarian M has the details to get you ready!
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Release Date: September 23, 2014

You may be asking yourself: “Why is Scott Westerfeld’s new book 600 pages long?” Well, it is actually two books in one! They alternate chapters, and if you think that sounds like a disaster, let me assure you that you are wrong. It actually works out really well.

The first book is about Darcy Patel. She is only 18 years old but she has won the publishing lottery: the novel that she wrote during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for those of you now in the know) was picked up by a major publisher for a rather large sum of money. Clearly, the only course of action for her to take is to ditch out on college and move to New York so she can soak in all those writerly vibes for her sequel. Of course, first she has to get through all those rewrites….

The second book is Darcy’s novel. It’s about a girl named Lizzie who survives a terrorist attack and in the process is touched by death and finds herself with access to the afterworld. Now she can see ghosts (of people, animals, buildings, etc.) and other psychopomps such as herself. Her problems multiply as she gets romantically involved with another psychopomp, learns that the ghost of her mother’s murdered childhood friend lives with them, and tries to stay away from a creepy old psychopomp trying to extract favors from her.

While Lizzie’s new powers are fairly straightforward, Darcy also has new powers. She suddenly has access to lots of money and independence and reading about how she deals with it is a real treat. If you want to read either a book about a teen in the NYC publishing world OR a teen who travels to the afterworld I recommend you pick this one up. Both stories are great and are great together!

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