NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR S. E. Grove brings her gifts for complex world-building and imaginatively original character development to YA.
BACKSTORY: Professor S. E. Grove was inspired to create a world where people are extremely desensitized to violence by seeing the unemotional way her college students have responded to current events like mass shootings and terrorist attacks.
A BADASS HEROINE OF COLOR who’s an expert at self-defense and holds her own against sexual predators and killers while doing as little harm as possible, Natalia is a character readers will love and admire.
CROSSOVER AUDIENCE: This book reads like an episode of Black Mirror or Westworld and is perfect for adult fans of those shows and movies like Her.
GENDER-SWAP: Natalia is a Raymond Chandler fan, and her voice and the storytelling style cleverly send up and draw from Chandler’s hardboiled detective novels—but, with Natalia as the narrator, the gender roles are swapped.
A #METOO MUST READ, the story features a revenge plot Natalia mounts against a sexual predator, with the help of survivors.
EVOCATIVE WRITING draws you into this alternate reality San Francisco, full of cherished antique objects steeped in nostalgia for their owners and subtle upgrades to our existing tech (spoiler alert: phones get even smaller).
Praise for The Waning Age by S. E. Grove:
★ “A provoking, striking call to self-reflection.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “Unexpected twists create a fast-paced plot…A must-have for libraries with dystopian fans.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“A dazzling,emotional journey about a sister’s love and the fight against an emotionless society.”—Booklist
“Grove’s world shines through as a complex statement on empathy.”—BCCB Reviews
“Readers, especially lovers of dystopian fiction, will enjoy this book and may just come away wondering, ”what if…?“—School Library Connection
Accolades for The Glass Sentence (Book #1)
A New York Times Bestseller
An IndieBound Bestseller
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Kids’ Indie Next Top Ten Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Summer/Fall 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices Selection
* ”Brilliant in concept, breathtaking in scale and stellar in its worldbuilding; this is a world never before seen in fiction…Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare.“—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* ”A thrilling, time-bending debut…It’s a cracking adventure, and Grove bolsters the action with commentary on xenophobia and government for hire, as well as a fascinating system of map magic.“—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* ”Stellar…with impeccable character development and sophisticated, intricate setting details.“—BCCB, starred review
”I loved it! So imaginative!“—Nancy Pearl
”Not since Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass have I seen such an original and compelling world built inside a book.“—Megan Whalen Turner, New York Times bestselling author of A Conspiracy of Kings
”Absolutely marvelous [and] completely original. I love this book."—Nancy Farmer, National Book Award-winning author of The House of the Scorpion
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