Author(s): Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski
The companion novel to the New York Times bestselling NIGHTFALL Thousands of miles due south from the Polar North is the island of Edgeland. Here, day and night last for 72 hours. And here is one of the natural wonders of this world: a whirlpool thirty miles wide and a hundred miles around. This is the Drain. Anything sucked into its frothing, turbulent waters is never seen again. Wren has spent most of her life on Edgeland, watching people bring their dead to the island's famous bone houses to be blessed and prepared for the afterlife. There the dead are loaded into boats with treasure and sent over the cliff, and into the Drain. Orphaned and alone, Wren dreams of escaping Edgeland, and her chance finally comes when furriers from the Polar north arrive with their dead, and treasure for their dead. With the help of her friend Alec, Wren plans to loot one of the boats before it enters the Drain. But the boat - with Alec and Wren onboard - is sucked into the whirlpool. What they discover beyond the abyss is beyond what either of them could have imagined.
What lies beyond the precipice?
Halpern and Kujawinski have constructed a refreshing, original fantasy that thoughtfully probes the subjects of class, religion, and morality. Compellingly written, this otherworldly adventure is a unique offering that deserves attention. Happily, an open ending suggests Wren and Alec's adventures have only begun. Booklist An imaginative adventure/fantasy exploring the afterlife...a compelling tale with high stakes and lots of unanswered questions. School Library Journal
Jake Halpern is an acclaimed journalist, author, and radio producer who has written for several publications including The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. As a contributor at NPR, Jake produced one of the most listened-to episodes of This American Life. He co-wrote the DORMIA series with Peter Kujawinski and is the author of BAD PAPER, a non-fiction book for adults. Follow Jake at www.jakehalpern.com For eighteen years, Peter Kujawinski was an American diplomat, on assignment in places like Israel, Haiti and France and at the United Nations in New York. Most recently, he was the U.S. Consul General in western Canada. While working as a diplomat, he started to write for adults and children. He has contributed to the international edition of the New York Times, and with co-author Jake Halpern, Peter wrote the DORMIA trilogy (DORMIA, WORLD'S END and SHADOW TREE). He lives in Chicago with his family. Follow Peter at www.peterkujawinski.com or on Twitter: @kujawinski