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Amie Kaufman

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January 2011


Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

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The Other Side of the Sky Preorder!

The Other Side of the Sky is out on September 8th, and the preorder offer is on now!

Head to Amie's website to lodge your proof of purchase, and you'll receive:
* a bookplate signed by Amie and Meagan Spooner
* two gorgeous character portraits
* an entry into the draw to win a virtual dinner with Amie and Meagan -- you'll even get dinner!

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Yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! At the moment there aren't any plans -- the physical copy was an exclusive for people who preordered Aurora Rising, so I don't think we'll see it in print again, but you can get it as an ebook and audiobook. The ebook See Full Answer
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What book would you like to read in July to discuss in August (starting the 1st)? Important! Do not vote unless you will return to discuss, as it is unfair to participants to have tally affected by hit-and-run voters. Thanks, and see you in the discussion!

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
2017, 400 pages, 3.6 stars
$12.99 Kindle, cheap used copies, probably at library

"In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity about a group of adrenaline junkies who jump -the Salt Line.-

How far will they go for their freedom--once they decide what freedom really means?"
See book page for longer blurb
  5 votes, 35.7%

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
2017, 336 pages, 3.91 stars
$9.99 Kindle, print from $6.28, available at libraries

"In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named Rachel, who makes her living as a scavenger, finds a creature she names “Borne” entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic, despotic bear. Mord once prowled the corridors of the biotech organization known as the Company, which lies at the outskirts of the city, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly and broke free. Driven insane by his torture at the Company, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers like Rachel."
See book page for the remainder, long blurb.
  3 votes, 21.4%

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
2017, 353 pages, 3.76 stars
$17.08 paperback, $13.99 Kindle, $5.01 and up in used print, probably at the library

"Never Let Me Go meets The Giver in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems.

Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers--chosen male descendants of the original ten--are allowed to cross to the wastelands, where they scavenge for detritus among the still-smoldering fires.

The daughters of these men are wives-in-training. At the first sign of puberty, they face their Summer of Fruition, a ritualistic season that drags them from adolescence to matrimony. They have children, who have children, and when they are no longer useful, they take their final draught and die. But in the summer, the younger children reign supreme. With the adults indoors and the pubescent in Fruition, the children live wildly--they fight over food and shelter, free of their fathers' hands and their mothers' despair. And it is at the end of one summer that little Caitlin Jacob sees something so horrifying, so contradictory to the laws of the island, that she must share it with the others.

Born leader Janey Solomon steps up to seek the truth. At seventeen years old, Janey is so unwilling to become a woman, she is slowly starving herself to death. Trying urgently now to unravel the mysteries of the island and what lies beyond, before her own demise, she attempts to lead an uprising of the girls that may be their undoing."
  2 votes, 14.3%

Parasite by Mira Grant
2013, 504 pages, 3.65 stars
$9.99 Kindle, cheap used copies, definitely at library

"A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them."
  2 votes, 14.3%

The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
2017, 594 pages, 4.13 stars
$10.99 Kindle, cheap used copies, available at libraries

"The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it's on fire. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out, but there's more to the fire, and the Pipe itself, than meets the eye. The job will take Gonzo and his best friend, our narrator, back to their own beginnings."
  1 vote, 7.1%

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
2017, 608 pages, 4.32 stars
$1.99 Kindle, cheap used copies, at library

"Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she'd ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what's really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents— including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes."
  1 vote, 7.1%

The Given Garden by S.K. Munt
2015, 403 pages, 4.45 stars
$4.99 Kindle, $14.99 paperback, likely not available at lib.

"They told us that this new world was perfect

They told us that we were all equal under the eyes of the only God

They told me that I was nothing

He told me that he would protect me

They swear that I can trust them

I don't

How can I believe in something, in a world where faith isn't optional?"
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
2008, 625 pages, 3.84 stars
$7.99 Kindle, cheap used copies, definitely at library

"Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love."
  0 votes, 0.0%


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message 13: by Julia

Julia Hi Amie! Thanks so much for accepting my friend request. I am in LOVE with These Broken Stars. Everything about it was perfect: the plot, the characters and especially the writing! Can't wait for This Shattered World!!

Love, Jules

message 12: by Lilly

Lilly Santiago Hey Amie! Just wanted to say thank you so much for the friendship! I made my grandfather take me to Barnes and Nobel this weekend (spent 125 dollars and bought 4 books and a catching fire on dvd I almost died) and bought These Broken Stars! I had been going crazy looking for it! So I started reading it today in class got up to page 112. Can I just say to you and your co-author Megan THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING ONE OF THE FIRST STORIES TO WRITE ABOUT A FEMALE LEAD I FIND MYSELF NOT HATING AND ACTUALLY ABSOLUTELY LOVING I found myself absolutely absorbed from the beginning and ADORING THE CHARACTERS they are such a breath of fresh air from the over done characters in today's young adult literature. Tarver and Lilac. I mean I just can't. Even their names are awesome.I just love them. I mean COME ON I loved how they weren't that cliche "I just saw you and I'm madly in love/obsessed with you lets go have a convoluted courtship with steamy make outs and stupid fights) I love how they hate each other right now. Their romance can actually grow from nothing not just be something based on mere attraction otherwise known as the hot face syndrome which means (You're absolutely gorgeous so let me fall in love with you for that and even when I hate you in some scenes marvel at your beauty when I should be serious)A huge thing in writing today. Thank you and Megan SO MUCH for writing such an amazing story. AND I JUST STARTED. That takes talent. Now all my friends want to borrow my book XD Ya right I don't think so they can buy their own :D I'm super excited to finish it and even more excited for This Shattered World! Thanks again!

message 11: by Robin

Robin Clark Hello Amie, thank you for being my friend.
Peace and happiness be with you,

message 10: by Amie

Amie Kaufman Genie wrote: "I was just wondering what you think so far of the second book in the Hybrid Chronicles?
I read the first one and loved it:)"

I'm coming into the home stretch and LOVING it!

Eugenia (Genie In A Book) I was just wondering what you think so far of the second book in the Hybrid Chronicles?
I read the first one and loved it:)

Eugenia (Genie In A Book) I can't wait for 'These Broken Stars!'

message 7: by Kaye

Kaye Hi Amie! I am so looking forward to These Broken Stars! Thanks for the friendvite <3

~ Kaye, Watercolor Moods

Wendy Darling Hi Amie, thanks for the friendvite!

Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

message 5: by AH

AH Thanks for the friend invite.

Alicia Thanks for the friend request. I'm excited to read your book!

VampireNovelFan Thanks for the friendvite, Amie! If you ever need a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy fix then I recommend you check out my blog! I've started doing giveaways for great series to my followers:

Happy reading!

Harlequin Books Hello Amie, it is a pleasure to meet you. If you ever have any questions about Harlequin or our books, please feel free to ask.

Kim S, Harlequin Books ambassador

Aleeeeeza Heya, Amie! Thanks for the add :)

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