Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

afterworldsWhen Darcy’s first novel is snapped up in a two-book deal for over a hundred thousand dollars, she is astounded.  After all, she wrote Afterworlds in a month, and her dream of being a writer has always just been a dream.  But it is, and suddenly she’s not just a writer, she’s an author.  Not quite a published author, but still.  Now all Darcy has to do is convince her parents it’s a great idea for her to defer college for a year and move to New York to do the rewrites and edits and promo tours and bookstore signings and write the sequel.

No one expects a terrorist attack to happen to them.  Lizzie is in the Dallas airport changing planes after a trip to New York to visit her dad when it happens.  It’s the 911 operator who saves her life, hers alone out of the eighty-eight people in the airport that night.  Suggesting that Lizzie play dead, Lizzie drops to the ground and somehow wills herself into the afterworld – dead but not dead, somehow in between the worlds.  It’s here that she meets Yamaraj, guardian of the dead, who tells her that she’s just like him, able to walk in both worlds.  And when she wakes up in the real world, lone survivor of a terrorist attack, the world is nothing like what it was.

Living on her own in New York, finding her first outrageously priced apartment, navigating the world of publishing, hanging out with other YA writers, falling in love, and trying to figure out how to rewrite the ending of Afterworlds in a way that doesn’t suck and satisfies her editor’s need for the dreaded happy ending for Lizzie and Yamaraj is the most terrifying, amazing, delicious, dazzling, expensive experience of Darcy’s life, and she is in love with all of it.  Even if she is worried about what readers will think about her exploiting her parents’ religion for the sake of YA hotness, how much her apartment costs, and just how fast she’s falling for her best writer friend.

Author Scott Westerfeld of Uglies and Leviathan fame brings us a fun, snarky, insider novel that explores the world of publishing, the joy and heartbreak of writing, YA author lore, the glittering streets of New York (and the food – oh, the food! I totally want gourmet ramen after reading this), and the thin line between life, death, love and friendship.  The dual narrative makes this even more fun, Lizzie’s story unfolding and changing as Darcy grows as a writer and grows up more than a little bit.  For everyone who loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, has ever wanted to be a writer or just loves to write, wishes they were besties with their favorite authors, or just wondered what John Green gets up to on tour, Afterworlds is a must-read!

Mockingjay Madness Tonight!

Katniss Mockingjay posterBefore you hit the (quasi) midnight showing of the new Hunger Games movie, head to the library with your fellow superfans to compete in our propo design contest, see how long you’d survive in the wild, show us how well you know Mockingjay with our book and quote trivia, listen to the soundtrack, watch the trailers and clips on the big screen (hello, big sound!), win some prizes, and eat some cookies!

The after-hours madness begins at 6:00 PM in the Foot Room and will wrap up around 7:30 PM.  Your (free!) tickets will be available at the service desk until 5:00 PM, or you can get yours at the door this evening.  The release party is for teens in grades 6-12.  See you tonight!!


Cover image for The heirWe are highlighting Regency romance this month as part of our Year of Romance campaign.  Regency romances take place in the early part of the 19th century.  Check out one of our newly purchased books to enjoy a love affair with an aristocratic spy or a handsome soldier.  We will be giving away new, autographed books by the masters of this genre including Sherry Thomas, Elizabeth Hoyt. Valerie Bowman, Tessa Dare, Kieran Kramer, Gaelen Foley, and many, many more.  Read any romance book this month to enter to win!

The Reef: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change by Iain McCalman

book jacket for The ReefI’ve always wanted to visit the Great Barrier Reef and this book is the next best thing. The publisher description sums it up nicely: “A journey into the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, as experienced by explorers, scientists, and artists The Great Barrier Reef is the most spectacular marine environment on earth, a true wonder of the world. Yet the history of our encounters with it has long been elusive. In The Reef, the acclaimed historian and explorer Iain McCalman recounts in full the dramatic story of the reef and the people who have been captivated by it for two centuries. The Reef is a narrative told through the lives of twenty intrepid souls, from Captain James Cook and his voyage across a mysterious coral maze to the world’s leading reef scientist, John “Charlie” Veron, whose personal mission is to rescue the reef from catastrophe. The extraordinary individuals in the book–not only explorers and scientists but also beachcombers, photographers, divers, and indigenous peoples and the castaways they adopted–were drawn to the reef for different reasons, but all shared one thing: a passion for this vast coral country. As McCalman explores how the reef has been seen variously as a labyrinth of terror, a nurturing heartland, a scientific challenge, and a fragile global wonder, he argues that it is only by combining science and art that we will truly appreciate how this great gift of nature has shaped us and why it demands our attention. A classic work of romantic history, blending cutting-edge science with personal reflection and gorgeous images, The Reef is a beautiful book that will speak to broad audiences for years to come.”