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The 13th Continuum: The Continuum Trilogy, Book 1

The 13th Continuum: The Continuum Trilogy, Book 1

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by Jennifer Brody

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Gold Medal Winner, Young Adult Fiction — Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Independent Publisher's Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the descendants of the chosen survivors take refuge in thirteen contingency shelters buried deep underground, at the bottom of the ocean,


Gold Medal Winner, Young Adult Fiction — Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Independent Publisher's Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the descendants of the chosen survivors take refuge in thirteen contingency shelters buried deep underground, at the bottom of the ocean, and in the far reaches of outer space. In the underwater 13th Continuum, sixteen-year-old Myra Jackson has heard rumors and whisperings all her life of a magical place called "The Surface” where people could breathe fresh air, feel the warmth of something called sunlight on their skin, and see things known as stars and trees and mountains. Myra has never dared to ask whether the stories are true, since the act of speaking such words aloud is an offense punishable by death. But after she discovers that the air supply aboard her underwater colony is running out, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to find this mysterious place. To get there, she must first recover the only guide to the Surface—the Beacon, an ancient device that also connects her to Captain Aero Wright, a dashing young soldier from one of the only remaining space colonies. With the fate of all humankind depending on them, Myra and Aero must escape the tyrannical forces that rule their colonies, journey through the black depths of the ocean and across the cold void of space, to find each other on the Surface that their ancestors once called home.

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"The books I loved as a YA reader profoundly informed my life. So I’m excited for all who are about to discover The 13th Continuum. Jennifer Brody has brought muscular, propulsive writing and big ideas to bear on an ambitious, dystopian landscape that dares to look past the near horizon. And dares to hope."—Mark Ordesky, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings

"The 13th Continuum manages to be smart, surprising, and a good time, all at once. That's hard magic to pull off, but Jennifer Brody makes it seem easy. Swift and surprising, this novel is such a confident debut. Here's to many more."—Victor LaValle, author of New York Times Notable Book of the Year, The Devil in Silver

"This debut is an exciting and well-built read."—Booklist

"We’ve all had those novels that make us sad when they end, not because we didn’t like the story or characters… but because we liked them too much and there will never be another 'first time' to experience it – the characters, the world… the brilliant story. The 13th Continuum is one of those kinds of books. In cases such as these, re-reading is good, but telling your friends to go pick it up so that you can vicariously live the story through their first time is about as close as you can get to that feeling you had during your first read. So that’s what I’m doing now. Go read this book. It’s fun, it’s sad, it’s completely unique… and it’s an absolute breath of fresh air (When you read the book, you’ll get that pun)! In a post-apocalyptic genre you thought had no new stories to tell comes this surprisingly conceived book. Don’t wait for the movie that’s no doubt to follow and let yourself be spoiled… read the book and pass it on." —Kirby Howell, author of Autumn in the City of Angels

"Non-stop excitement and strong world-building combine to make The 13th Continuum a fantastic read for science fiction and dystopian fans alike. The story sucked me in from the very beginning, and had me pulling for Myra and Aero to break free from their very different, but equally oppressive governments. Eagerly awaiting the next in this series!" —Rysa Walker, author of The Chronos Files

"I tore through Jennifer Brody's The 13th Continuum at light speed. This fresh, fast-paced novel featuring a post-doom Earth will hook readers with its likable characters and thrilling stakes. But it's the book's action and hope for a better future that will keep readers turning the page and leave eager for the next installment." —Mindee Arnett, critically acclaimed author of Avalon and the Arkwell Academy series

"With meticulous world-building and an epic scope, Jennifer Brody has created a fascinating sci-fi story. Readers will flip the pages, anxious to answer a question that will determine the future of humanity: Will they reach the surface?" —Pintip Dunn, author of Forget Tomorrow

"A fascinating premise and compulsively readable debut. It totally sucked me in." —Robin Talley, author of Lies We Tell Ourselves

"This gripping read is recommended not only for advanced teen readers, but for adults who enjoy solid sci-fi dystopian settings." - Donovan's Bookshelf

"Brody writes an intelligent narrative that is entertaining as it is introspective about the human race, its fate and where we might end up."—Roanoke Times

"Fans clamoring for a new dystopian science fiction series may appreciate this latest addition to the genre."— School Library Journal

"An original and deftly crafted science fiction novel, The 13th Continuum is especially recommended for young readers ages 12 to 18 and would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to school and community library YA Fiction (and especially science fiction) collections."—Midwest Book Review

Kirkus Reviews
A teenager discovers something very wrong in her post-apocalyptic deep-sea colony. One thousand years after the Doom (an event caused by a generic doomsday device that rendered the surface of the Earth uninhabitable for centuries), Myra is a newly minted engineer in the undersea colony, the prehistory of which is explained in early, pre-Doom chapters. She's the youngest engineer, having been forced out of school for a blasphemous offense that could have netted her death—early in the colony's history, a domineering cult swept into power, erased history, and instituted an implausibly rigid class structure to facilitate regulation of the limited resources on hand. When Myra learns that the ancient machine keeping the colony alive is breaking down and can't be repaired, she sneaks around to find the long-lost Beacon that will guide her to the surface. Meanwhile, another colony, the Second Continuum, lives on a large spaceship, where life centers on soldiers and fancy shape-shifting weapons, and it is heading back to Earth. (Its martial culture baffles, as there's no indication they've fought any battles other than practice in the past few hundred years.) While the idea of these parallel societies' diverging developments has potential, the credibility-breaking broad strokes with which they are painted result in a cartoonishness that undermines the story's seriousness and stakes. A love-at-first-sight romantic storyline does no favors, nor does the typical sequel setup ending. Derivative and half-baked. (Science fiction. 12-17)

Product Details

Turner Publishing Company
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Continuum Trilogy , #1
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1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer Brody lives and writes in Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard University, she began her career in feature film development. Highlights include working at New Line Cinema on many projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Golden Compass, and Love In The Time of Cholera. She’s a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She also founded and runs BookPod, a social media platform for authors with hundreds of members. This is her first book.

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The 13th Continuum: The Continuum Trilogy, Book 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tiff76 8 months ago
I loved this first entry into the Continuum series. If you're a dystopian lover this a must read and every bit as good as The Hunger Games and Divergent. The world building is utterly compelling and unique and the characters are ones you can easily root for. The pacing never lags and I ALWAYS wanted to keep reading! The ending was fulfilling while leaving me aching for more. Bring on the sequel!
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks 10 months ago
At first glance, The 13th Continuum sounds like a story that's about to take readers through the ring of the gods and right into an interplanetary adventure. Instead, Jennifer Brody debuted a novel that tells about humankind surviving a cataclysmic event and the future generation's desire to return home. The 13th Continuum is equal parts Ruby's Song and The 100 and I can't get enough of it! Brody quickly and efficiently sets the stage for the novel in the opening chapters. Readers get a taste of the time before the Doom, and the life of the Founders of the continuums Post Doom. The world-building isn't long and complicated which easily makes this a YA read for teens who may not already enjoy science fiction. Though the pace of the novel is quite fast, the plot does not lack in structure or fluidity. Brody hits all the right points that one would expect from this type of light science fiction/post-apocalyptic novel and leaves readers ready to dive into even more adventure. The one aspect of the novel that sometimes took me out of the story is the voice of the narrator, which seems to bleed into the dialogue. For the majority of the novel, readers are viewing the story from the perspective of sixteen year old Myra Jackson and Captain Aero Wright. Both have distinctly different upbringings, but somehow have very similar voices. As for the dialogue, sometimes the main group of young characters sound too wise beyond their years or super positive in an unrealistic manner. Other times they all sound similar and not very distinct from one another or the actual adults in the story. It doesn't completely detract from the novel, but so many times I wondered why these characters aren't more developed. What drew me to this series was the promise of adventure, and Jennifer Brody delivers it in spades. The sequel, Return of the Continuums, is bound to be filled with more glimpses of the Post Doom world, more action, and more page turning surprises! Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Anyone who visits Buried Under Books on a fairly regular basis knows that I have a fondness for post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian fiction. I haven't read any in a while, more than a month, so I was was quite happy when the opportunity to review The 13th Continuum came along and, in most ways, Ms. Brody didn't let me down. Worldbuilding is a crucial component of any science fiction and, in particular, this kind of book and I did think it was just slightly lacking here but not by much. The truth is I haven't found more than a few books that have truly incredible worldbuilding so I've come to a place of contentment when enough is provided to give me a sense of place and the people and the reason(s) for how society has gotten to the state it's in. This author has devoted a lot of time, thought and effort towards creating a future that's very credible. What we find here is that, although this is a future time and life as we know it today has changed a great deal, the characteristics that make up humanity haven't changed all that much. The best part of that is that I found it easy to connect with Myra and Aero, two characters who are so believably drawn that they're almost here in the flesh. Tinker and other secondary players, even their adversaries, are just as vivid. The story here is complex, highly entertaining, thought-provoking and as intriguing as any I've read in quite a while. I hope that word of this book will spread widely throughout the young adult market, as well as adult, because it's such a shining example of how good science fiction really can be when it's done right. The next book, Return of the Continuums, will be out in November, not nearly soon enough for this reader who wants to know what will happen next.