ABOUT THE BOOK:
On March 10, 2015, Penguin will publish Andrew Smith’s new novel The Alex Crow (Dutton). In this bizarre and brilliant novel, Smith blends multiple story strands that transcend time and place to tell the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story of his summer at a boys' camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber, a depressed bionic reincarnated crow, a Siberian iceman and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Through these seemingly disparate stories, Smith once again delivers a wholly original and thought-provoking novel – an exploration of science versus free will, of the human desire to control our world and the many repercussions that follow.
The Alex Crow has already received three starred reviews, with Kirkus calling it “Magnificently bizarre, irreverent and bitingly witty.” And Publishers Weekly calling it "another audacious performance." Booklist raves “Smith is a spiritual heir to Kurt Vonnegut, and that’s especially clear in this novel—science fiction, the horrors of war, the cruelty of violence, ribald humor…, and the vagaries of memory combine in a deeply affecting, sometimes disturbing, but ultimately hopeful way.”
ABOUT Andrew Smith'S GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE:
Andrew’s novel Grasshopper Jungle quickly became a cult favorite last year, with critics calling it “raunchy, bizarre, smart and compelling” (Rolling Stone), “intricately structured” and “profound” (The Washington Post) and “wildly original” (The San Francisco Chronicle). Grasshopper Jungle is one of the most lauded books of the year and is now headed to the big screen with Edgar Wright (The World’s End) slated to direct. The paperback will be released on March 10, 2015.
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