Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: September 3, 2013

Maddaddam Margaret AtwoodMaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it’s left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.

Zeb has been searching for Adam One, founder of the God’s Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. But now, under threat of a Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the center of MaddAddam is the story of Zeb’s dark and twisted past, which contains a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge.

Combining adventure, humor, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Margaret Atwood—a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Just the fact that it’s a Margaret Atwood story alone is exciting, but to be the conclusion to her dystopic trilogy that began in Oryx and Crake and continued in The Year of the Flood makes it so much more squee-worthy! Huzzah!

Coldest Girl in Coldtown Holly BlackThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: That title. That cover. Holly Black, don’t fail us now!

The Song of the Quarkbeast Jasper FfordeThe Song of the Quarkbeast: The Chronicles of Kazam Book Two by Jasper Fforde

Magic has been in a sad state in the Ununited Kingdom for years, but now it’s finally on the rise and boneheaded King Snodd IV knows it. If he succeeds at his plot, the very future of magic will be at risk! Sensible sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, acting manager of Kazam Mystical Arts Management and its hapless crew of sorcerers, has little chance against the king and his cronies—but there’s no way Kazam will let go of the noble powers of magic without a fight. A suspenseful, satirical story of Quarkbeasts, trolls, and wizidrical crackle!

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Being published two years behind its UK counterpart, Jasper Fforde’s hysterical YA story about a girl who manages wizards in a fantastical version of London is a must read. Especially if you love Fforde’s other work. Or dragons. Or wizard dragons. Warning: story may not have wizard dragons.

Every After High Madeline Hatter Shannon HaleEver After High: Madeline Hatter’s Story by Shannon Hale

Join Madeline Hatter, daughter of the Mad Hatter of Wonderland, for a positively upside-down day at her father’s Mad Hatter of Wonderland’s Haberdashery Hat & Tea Shoppe. Read all about it in this exclusive Ever After High short story by Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Set in the same world as author Shannon Hale’s Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends comes this short (FREE) story about the daughter of the Mad Hatter, Madeline Hatter and it’s all so adorable that we just can’t even. Seriously, we don’t even care that this is probably just a ploy to sell dolls this is the cutest thing ever. Props also to Shannon Hale who is a fabulous writer.

Jessica Darling It List Megan McCaffertyJessica Darling’s It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection by Megan McCafferty

Move over, Dork Diaries! Jessica Darling, star of Megan McCafferty’s bestselling Jessica Darling series for adults, is back in a hilarious new series perfect for tween (10 to 14) girls.

I hadn’t even gotten to homeroom yet and I’d already discovered five hard truths about junior high:

1. My best friend had turned pretty.
2. She didn’t know it yet.
3. It wouldn’t be long before she did.
4. That knowledge would change everything between us.
5. And there wasn’t a thing I could do about it.

It’s the first day of seventh grade. Is Jessica Darling doomed for dorkdom?

New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty’s hilarious series opener will have you laughing, cringing, and cheering for Jessica Darling as she learns that being herself beats being popular, pretty & perfect any day.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: In response to the sassy young adult/new adult Jessica Darling series which follows Darling through high school and into her adulthood comes a prequel series about a middle school aged Jessica Darling forced to deal with the trials and tribulations of seventh grade. Great for everyone who missed Jessica’s wit and even better for young girls looking for a strong, female voice.

The Transfer Veronica RothThe Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth

More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by “The Transfer,” the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: The first of four (get it, Four) short stories set in the world of Divergent and from the point of view of Four. Oh wait, now do you get it? A great lead up to the finale book of the series: Allegiant, if you’re into that sort of thing. And we know some of you totally are. Admit it.

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