Hi guys! I'm so excited to share the cover of my next YA book with you! You've heard me talking about Passenger here and there, but I can finally, finally give you some more details! The cover, summary, and first chapter were all released over on Entertainment Weekly's website, so be sure to check that out.
First, the jacket copy:
Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.
Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies--the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.
Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light--threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever.
What do you guys think?? I love the little New York City skyline, and how cleverly it hints at the time travel element without being super duper obvious about it. :)
Passenger is out January 5, 2016! I will have pre-order links up for you guys ASAP.
In the meantime, would you like some fun The Darkest Minds news? I know what you really want to hear about is the movie, and I promise there's stuff happening behind the scenes that I can't talk about! Buuuuut how about a new novella to tide you over?!
Beyond the Night is set a few weeks after the end of In the Afterlight and is a continuation of Spark Rise. While Lucas is definitely out of commission and can't narrate, Sam shares narrator duties with a new character! It was fascinating for me to dive back into TDM world after being out of it for so long and to really contemplate what's going in their world. The story is largely about the chaos and uncertainty that comes post-war and before a new, stable regime settles in... and, trust me, not everything is shiny and perfect. Basically, the kids have a new very real, immediate threat to their lives and they aren't really sure where they stand in the world... but they have each other. A few familiar faces miiiight pop up, but you'll have to read to see which ones!
BEST OF ALL: In Time, Sparks Rise, and Beyond the Night are being bound up in a print edition! In fact, that's the only way that you'll be able to get to novellas going forward. This is something I've been pushing for on behalf of the international readers who haven't been able to legally access the stories before now. And, well, these stories are LONG and will look hefty and gorgeous as a hardcover. :) I've seen the cover comps for this and they are COOL. The bind up is called Through the Dark: A Darkest Minds Collection and will be available in e-book and hardcover format up front, with a paperback coming later down the line. It'll be out October 6, 2015.
Phew. I think that's all for now! I'll be back with more updates on my Star Wars novel + my BEA schedule soon!