The 13th Continuum
by Jennifer Brody
Publisher: Turner Publishing
Release Date: April 19th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the survivors take refuge in continuums designed to sustain the human race until repopulation of Earth becomes possible. Against this backdrop, a group of young friends in the underwater Thirteenth Continuum dream about life outside their totalitarian existence, an idea that has been outlawed for centuries. When a shocking discovery turns the dream into a reality, they must decide if they will risk their own extinction to experience something no one has for generations, the Surface.
I was immediately interested in reading this book after being presented with the synopsis on the launch team application, and stoked when I was graciously accepted! Post apocalyptic in space AND under the ocean? Sounds awesome! Well I’m quite happy to report that my initial impression was not sullied upon reading the book. The 13th Continuum dazzled me and had me hoping for just a few more chapters… but it’s a series and we don’t always get what we want so now I’m twiddling my thumbs trying not to be too sad about waiting until November.
Myra and Aero are what I’d consider dual protagonists, as we mostly get the story from one of the two’s pov. Without knowing our history, would we be doomed to repeat it? Aero’s colony knows a bit more than Myra’s, but is it enough? There’s so many fascinating angles to this story, I could go on for quite some time, but in the name of brevity and avoiding spoilers, let’s just say that these two strong people are persuasive, loyal, and courageous. They each have a different way of living, but neither is happy with the status quo. Will they fight the power or will they willingly go along with the secrets and lies? I can’t wait to find out more in the next installment!
A couple of my favorite quotes (graphics courtesy of Turner Publishing)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jennifer Brody’s debut novel The 13th Continuum sold to Turner Publishing in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. The book is the first in a trilogy and will come out in Spring 2016. She is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. She lives and writes in LA.
After studying film and graduating from Harvard University, she began her career in feature film development. Highlights include working for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema, most notably on The Lord of the Rings films and The Golden Compass. In 2008, she produced the feature film Make It Happen for The Weinstein Company. Her recipes and articles have appeared in xoJane, Fox News, Parade Magazine, Whole Life Times, and Meatless Monday, and many other publications.
She is an alumni of the Sirenland Writers Conference, where she studied with Meg Wolitzer, and the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, where she studied with Victor LaValle. She recently completed a 3-week residency at The Lemon Tree House and has been accepted for a residency in Spring 2016 at the Helen R. Whiteley Center, run by the University of Washington.
She founded and runs BookPod, a social media platform for authors with 400 members. She’s also a mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation. In Spring 2015, her mentee’s script was picked out of over 900 scripts for the Glee Big Show, where it was performed by the cast of the hit Fox TV show, and in Fall of 2015, her mentee’s script was chosen for the Biggest Show, where it was performed by Jack Black and Leslie Mann.
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