STRANGER, Book One of THE CHANGE

strangerStranger, the post-apocalyptic  YA novel written by Book View Café member Sherwood Smith in collaboration with Rachel Manija Brown, has been published by Viking.

This is the “Yes Gay YA” book of an Internet flurry three years ago. But you could just as easily call it “The one with the telekinetic squirrels,” or “The X-Men in the post-apocalyptic Wild West,” or “The one where the sheriff is super-strong, the doctor can speed up time, and the plant life is out to get you.”

Official plot description: “Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, “the Change,” arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend. “Las Anclas” now resembles a Wild West frontier town… where the Sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins of an ancient city bristle with deadly crystalline trees that take their jewel-like colors from the clothes of the people they killed.

Teenage prospector Ross Juarez’s best find ever – an ancient book he doesn’t know how to read – nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book. Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble.”

Kirkus gave it a starred review, saying Yes, it’s another post-apocalyptic series opener, but it’s infused with a generous spirit—call it a utopian dystopia . . . .A first-rate page turner that leaves its own compelling afterimage.

Smith talks about its journey from Hollywood to text here, and you can read the first chapter on i09, here.

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