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It's a Book! STARGLASS by Phoebe North (with a giveaway)

It's a royal book birth kind of day, because Phoebe's North's YA scif-fi debut, STARGLASS, releases today! It's the beautiful, compelling story about a complicated girl coming of age on a spaceship bound for a new planet, who begins to uncover the truth about a bloody rebellion simmering in her midst.

Phoebe is not only a past YA Highway member, but she is a dear and wonderful friend to us all. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Phoebe's launch party at the fabulous Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY this past Sunday. There is something very special about celebrating these types of milestones with friends.

Congratulations, Phoebe!

from goodreads:

Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn't interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he's yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she's got.

But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain's guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship's idyllic surface. As she's drawn into a secret rebellion determined to restore power to the people, Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for the people she cares most about. With mere months to go before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime--one that will determine the fate of her people


"Starglass is a richly imagined, beautifully written book. It's science fiction, mystery, and coming of age story all wrapped into one; creative but also firmly grounded in a real human experience, with all its loss, pain, and disillusionment—but also beauty, hope, and belonging. A wonderful story." (Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent)

Starglass is a poignantly written, gripping tale. I just loved it. I really enjoyed the political intrigue, the depth of the characters, the suspense, and the twists and turns, all with the backdrop of space and interstellar travel, which I love. It all felt so original. I can't wait for the sequel.”
(James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner series)

“Immersive and compelling, Starglass is sci-fi with both brains and heart. Terra’s search for belonging and authentic human connection is one to savor.”
(Lenore Appelhans, author of The Memory of After)

“Murder, rebellion, and spaceships done right: Phoebe North’s Starglass gave me the best kind of chills. I can’t wait to see what the sequel has in store.”
(Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate)

"A poignantly lovely frame story about leaving Earth and a lonely kid seeking something to invest in."
(Kirkus Reviews)

* "This richly textured first novel deserves to be widely read."
(Publishers Weekly, starred review)

And to celebrate a little bit more, we are giving away a finished copy of STARGLASS (US and Canada only, please). To enter, simply comment below with your email and by answering the following question:

If you were leaving Earth on a spaceship, what two books would you bring with you?

A random winner will be picked. All entries must be entered by noon on August 1st.

Good luck!

Stephanie Kuehn

Stephanie is the William C. Morris award-winning author of Charm & Strange, Complicit, Delicate Monsters, and The Smaller Evil.

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  1. Only two books?! Oh gosh. I think I would bring a copy of THE HUNGER GAMES because I doubt I will ever tire of it and probably some kind of anthology with plenty of stories in it like Shakespeare or a poetry/short story combo. That feels seriously insufficient, though! ;-)

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    P. S. Can't wait to read this book. It sounds fantastic!

  2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

    Congrats Phoebe!!

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  3. Oh wow, this is a tough question! I think The Book Thief and The Secret Garden.

    Congratulations to Phoebe!

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  5. I'd bring my two favorite books from my teen years: The Lord of the Rings (assuming it's okay to bring a trilogy!) and Walden. Though I've loved many books since then, those are the only two I've re-read multiple times without getting tired of them.

  6. Oh jeez... That's such a hard question!

    I would probably take The Journeyer by Gary Jennings and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. Both are epic and exciting and can totally be re-reads!

  7. Wow, tough question!! Maybe The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so I'd have some fun comparing that journey to my own. And perhaps Goblet of Fire if I'm not allowed to take the whole Harry Potter series.


  8. Oh man, this is hard. Can I cheat and say a 1 ereader with all the books? No? Ok.....Good Omens so I can represent Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern b/c it's beautiful and somehow comforting and it sounds like I'll be able to borrow some Harry Potters from everyone else on the spaceship.

  9. STARGLASS is officially on my Goodreads to-read list! :)

    What two books? Hmmm. I'm going to narrow that down to what two novels and say THE LORD OF THE RINGS {can it count as one?} and THE KING OF ATTLOIA, by Megan Whalen Turner. I had a harder time with that second book, though. There are others that fought valiantly against it.

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  11. Would it be cheating if I said I'd just bring my Kindle? If so, then I guess I'd take Jane Eyre. It's my all-time favorite novel and it's the story that inspired me to get serious about my writing. Another book I'd take is Fire by Kristin Cashore. I can never tire of reading that book, and then there's Brigan. *swoon*

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    STARGLASS sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it! And thanks for the giveaway. :)

  12. Wow! Congratulations! You deserve all the confetti for publishing!

    What a hard question. *ponders* Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers. (If I was allowed more, it'd also include Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Across the Universe by Beth Revis. But that's cheating. ;D)

  13. The book sounds wonderful!

    Hard question to answer! But if I had to bring only two books, I would bring The Complete Grimms Fairytales, and, now for the hard part... "East" by Edith Pattou. But it would be oh so hard to leave any of my books behind!! Maybe I would sneak on a kindle with my favorites... haha :-)

  14. Congrats on publishing Starglass! I'm excited to get my hands on a copy. So, only two books on a spaceship... well, I'd have to choose White Oleander by Janet Fitch and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (and I'd also have to smuggle in Game of Thrones).

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  15. Wow Starglass sounds so interesting. I can't wait to read it somehow.

    If I HAD to choose only two books then I would bring The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) and The Chronicles of Narnia (the big book which contains all the stories). I'd probably try to sneak on other few anyway.

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    And, if I was leaving Earth on a spaceship, I would bring "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green because I hope it will remind me of what life 'used' to be like (you know, back before they could send multitudes of people away from Earth on a space ship) and to help me remember how beautiful pain can be, and how necessary. For the second book, I think I would bring "The Princess Bride" because it is such a wonderful story.

  17. Anne of Green Gables and The Westing Game.

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  18. bethpond90(at)aol(dot)com

    Only two? I guess it would be To Kill a Mockingbird and Code Name Verity.

  19. Only 2? Not fair. Alright it will be Allegiant and Ruins.
    (They're not out yet.)


  20. Very tough question! I would say Starglass except I haven't gotten a copy of the book yet, but definitely Divergent and the Hunger Games. Typical, I know, but I can't resist the thrilling action of a dysotopian/scifi novel.

  21. Ack, this is tough. I'd bring DUNE by Frank Herbert and the omnibus edition of HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman. Is that cheating? I don't care, I'd have to have it!

    I am super excited for Starglass and can't wait to read it! Thanks!

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  22. I'd bring Patrick Ness's THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO to remind us what not to do if we reach a new planet, and Maggie Stiefvater's THE RAVEN BOYS because it has my favorite last 2 sentences of any book ever.

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