smart and brutal and utterly, devastatingly beautiful. I was completely
blown away by everything that this book has to offer: characters, plot,
writing, world-building, etc. Describing the premise makes it sound a
little crazy - and I suppose it is. But seriously, this is one of the
most unique and best-written novels I've read in a long time. That I've
read period. And for you non-sci-fi / fantasy readers, ignore those bee
wings on the cover. Yes, the story is fantastical,
but in Bobet's hands it reads as entirely possible. Maybe it is. All I
know is that I honestly love these characters and I still hurt for them.
Consider me a BIG fan of this debut novelist. — From Above
"ABOVE pulls off that rare trick of being convincing and utterly magical at the same time." - Emma Donoghue, NYT bestselling author of ROOM
"Leah Bobet's ABOVE is that rarest of creatures, combining the outspoken honesty of a good first novel with the craft of a seasoned professional." - Elizabeth Bear, Hugo Award-winning author of DUST
Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee's wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above--like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.
But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe's history and the shadows' attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home--not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.
ABOVE is the debut of an amazing new voice.
About the Author
Leah Bobet’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling Award. She received a 2008 emerging writers’ development grant from the Toronto Arts Council. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
“A dark, dazzling tale… Bobet effortlessly blends reality and fantasy, her characters are both gifted and broken – hers is a world that is simultaneously fantastic and painfully real. Heartbreaking, romantic, complex, and magical, this fantasy lingers on the senses.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[T]hose willing to go along with this captivating exploration of both individual and collective identity will find themselves pondering its implications long after the last page." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Bobet has crafted a genre-defying story that is as dark and twisting as the underground tunnels in which it is set. Themes of sanctuary, justice, and storytelling help tie the plot threads together and lend richness to the story… [A] multilayered tale that speaks to universal needs and desires." -- Voice of Youth Advocates
“Richly nuanced, this complicated tale touches on notions of security, truth, and autonomy with just a hint of romantic love.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books