Guess what, lovelies. Guess what I’m doing for New Years?
Parole is still burning. And now the day everyone has been waiting for is finally here: it’s collapsed. A lucky few managed to escape with their lives. But while their city burned, the world outside suffered its own devastating disaster. The Tartarus Zone is a deadly wasteland a thousand miles wide, filled with toxic storms, ghostly horrors, and just as many Eyes in the Sky as ever. Somehow, this new nightmare is connected to Parole. And it’s spreading. Now Parole’s only hope lies in the hands of three teenagers reunited by their long-lost friend Gabriel – in their dreams. Growing up outside Parole, Shiloh Cole always had to keep xir energetic powers a secret, except from xir parents, Parole’s strategist-hero Garrett, and Tartarus expert Maureen. When Parole collapsed, all contact was lost. Now, connected by Gabriel and their colliding pasts, xie joins collapse survivor Annie and the enigmatic, charismatic Chance on a desperate cross-country race, carrying a disc of xir mother’s vital plans, whose encrypted contents may be Parole’s salvation. First they’ll board the FireRunner, a ship full of familiar faces that now sails through Tartarus’ poison storms. Together, they’ll survive Tartarus’ hazards, send a lifeline to lost Parole – and uncover the mystery connecting every one of them. The world outside Parole isn’t the one they remember, and it didn’t want them back. But they’ll save it just the same. It’s what heroes do.
Also, Holy Crap, even before this reveal, it made this awesome Most Anticipated books of 2017 list? HAPPY. FREAKING. NEW YEAR.
It exists. THE ACTUAL RELEASE DATE IS STILL TBD, due to some truly hellish chronic illness flares. (But it’s on Goodreads!) Jan 11th was a tentative goal, and I’m still pushing super-hard for January, but it’s not a Total Lock. (Thanks, Hell Body.) So no pre-orders yet. That’ll be when I have more #confirmed.
But, just like Chameleon Moon, 2nd Edition and Runtime, there’ll be a free short story bonus with pre-orders when they come. And that IS done, and will be available really soon. (Like to grab early on its own.) Like, today/tomorrow. Gotta show you this boogie is for real.
AND HONESTLY IF I CAN SCREAM FOR A SECOND, this cover is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. (Book 1′s cover is another one!) Laya Rose is an amazing artist, and a blessing and a gift upon this world, and having her art on my (newly relaunched, fully mine) books is one thing 2016 got incredibly right. I can’t believe the attention and care and love she poured into this (and lots of other surprise present art, just because? ;A; ) and how well she understands the story and characters and what I’m trying to do here. THANK YOU, LAYA. ❤
I’m just so happy and excited for this story, to share it and show you what comes next. Which, especially right now, health-wise, is kind of a big thing.
2016′s just been a hell of a year. For a lot of us, in a lot of ways. And I can’t think of a better way to kick this thing out the door, and start the new year off with some serious Good. May it be good. May it be filled with love and success and joy instead of suffering and fear. May we find people who make us feel safe and strong and adored and brave. May you find a lifeline to hold onto and a signal to guide you home.