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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld comes a smart, thought-provoking novel within a novel that you won’t be able to put down.

Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But luckily for Darcy, she’s taken under the wing of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.

Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love … until a new threat resurfaces. Her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s a fabulous conceit and a masterful accomplishment. Unmistakably Westerfeld in full command of a prodigious talent, doing something complicated and difficult and making it look easy, even as it grabs you and drags you through its dark streets, laughing and crying along with both Darcy and Lizzie.”

    Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Homeland

  • “By far Westerfeld’s best since his Uglies series. YA aficionados of all subgenres should definitely snag this coming-of-age tale told in two interwoven stories, both equally engaging and remarkably spellbinding.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “During National Novel Writing Month, Darcy Patel, eighteen, pounds out a ‘Hindu paranormal romance’ that earns her an advance hefty enough to fund a college education…The back-and-forth between Darcy’s story and her thriller is dizzying, but ‘Reading Zealots’ like the kids Darcy hung with in high school will love the insider details about the YA writer’s life…An ambitious concept, well executed.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Westerfeld masterfully creates two divergent reading experiences (YA romance and fantasy horror) with two distinct yet believable voices in Darcy and Lizzie—and, somehow, makes them mesh into one cohesive novel.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Westerfeld offers two novels in one: the story of Lizzie Scofield, a teenager who escapes a terrorist attack by somehow crossing into the afterlife…and the story of eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel, who has just signed a contract to publish the novel Lizzie anchors…Watching Darcy’s story play off Darcy’s novel will fascinate readers as well as writers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Made for two voices, Westerfeld’s uniquely successful novel-within-a-novel translates wonderfully to audio through the complementary performances of Sheetal Sheth and Heather Lind…Alternating chapters allow each narrator to set the pace and create a distinct atmosphere between characters and story lines. As Darcy, Sheth is meticulous, her enunciation and tone underscoring Darcy’s inexperience as she launches herself into the publishing world and stumbles into first love. Navigating a darker, more emotionally complicated story line, Lind captures Lizzie’s tenacity with a strong, confident voice that deepens and slows during tension-filled scenes.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
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