Kansas, 2065 – Adri has secured a slot as a Colonist – one of the lucky few handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.
Kansas, 1934 – Amid the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine fantasizes about her family’s farmhand, and longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called the Electric. But as the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life, Catherine must finally separate illusion from reality and look for the courage to sacrifice everything she loves for the one person she loves most.
England, 1919 – In the recovery following the First World War, Lenore struggles with grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?
While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful. In her signature haunting, lyrical prose, author Jodi Lynn Anderson shines a bright light on human connections and the small but crucial moments that determine one’s fate.
A New York Public Library and YALSA Best Book of the Year Selection
Long-listed for the 2018 Southern Book Prize
An Indie Next Summer 2017 Selection
A YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Barnes and Noble Best 25 Young Adult Novels of 2017
A 2018 Texas Tayshas Reading List Selection
A 2018 Kansas Notable Book
A 2018-2019 North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee
A 2018-2029 Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Nominee
A 2019 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Nominee
A Bank Street Books Book of the Year
A Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice
A BookPage Top Pick
A BookBrowse Editor’s Choice
— The New York Times Book Review
— Booklist, starred review
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Deft, succinct, and ringing with emotion” — Kirkus (starred review)
“A must-have for all YA collections”
— School Library Journal (starred review)
“Distinct, nuanced and memorable…timely”
— BCCB (starred review)
“A shining tale of hope in the face of adversity”
— Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“A quietly confident book that will get it’s hooks in you”
— Barnes & Noble Teen Blog
“…insight and imagery…flashes and sparks of intense beauty and deep empathy”
— Historical Novel Society