From the New York Times bestselling author of Steeplejack and co-author of Sekret Machines: Chasing Shadows with Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, comes a "smart, gripping and atmospheric" science fiction thriller—the Cathedrals of Glass saga...
“Deviance is unattractive and jeopardizes all we hold dear...”
Ten teenagers broke behavioral law. Sentenced to be reeducated on the moon of Jerem, they were placed in stasis on the automated ship Phetteron for their six day journey. They never reached their destination.
“Home looks after its own...”
Thrown off course by a computer malfunction, the Phetteron is damaged in an asteroid belt and crash lands on the uninhabited ice planet of Valkrys. Having spent their lives in temperature controlled environments, consuming nutrient supplements, and interacting with people mostly through the infonet, the teens are unprepared to depend on each other to face the harsh, hostile, and hellish landscape. Home will send a rescue party long before their meager supplies run out.
“No contrary positions are viable...”
Sola was a roamer. She wandered the city after curfew, reveling in the freedom of being disconnected from the techgrid and embracing the joy of physical activity. For those actions, Home declared her deviant. But on Valkrys, her deviance is an asset that may be the teens’ only hope for survival.
As Sola explores their strange new world, she discovers that she and her shipmates are linked by something more frightening than their subversive behaviors—and uncovers a truth about the planet the authorities at Home wanted buried.
Valkrys is not uninhabited. And what lives there is predatory...
|Publisher:||To the Stars|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Emily Woo Zeller's multilingual, multicultural framework led to a natural fit as an audiobook narrator. While she specializes in Asian American narratives, Emily's work spans a broad spectrum, including young adult fiction. She won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of Gulp by Mary Roach.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well done, Mr Hartley. When night fell on Charleston, during Irma's visit, and the electricity was out, I picked up my trusty iPad and crashed into that strange, cold, and dangerous planet Valkrys, along with Sola and her shipmates. The irony of sitting in my 21st century home, curled up with an electronic device, reading about teens from a distant future, whose lives are pretty much spent in a society where the infonet provides all social interactions, and the world is climate controlled did not escape me. I, however, had more than nutritional supplements and protein bars to sustain me while I read. (I believe that even in heaven, I might be able to sip an aperitif and nibble dark chocolate whist I invest myself in a book.) But back to the book. A group of teens, who have each broken the rules of Home, are sent to a futuristic sort of juvenile detention/rehab center on a nearby moon. Only, the autopilot directed ship deviates from course and crash-lands on a planet nearby that is uninhabited. Or is it? The group, both diverse and somewhat dysfunctional, with each member declared deviant for unsocial behaviors, must learn to interact, as well as survive. And soon enough, they learn there is danger beyond the frigid planet for them, both outside the ship and inside as well. Science fiction and thriller, this book gripped me. I only stopped to sleep, and in the morning to find a way to make coffee without electricity. (Luckily, I'm a little handier, and a bit more knowledgeable and prepared than Sola and her shipmates, so that went well.) Don't be fooled by a YA label. This book was a good read. As usual, AJ Hartley does not disappoint.
Cathedrals of Glass: A Planet of Blood and Ice is a well-crafted young adult scifi thriller by AJ Hartley, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. In this novel he presents a dystopian future where almost all human interaction takes place virtually and citizens are expected to comply with the laws of the land. Anyone stepping outside of the law is considered deviant and dealt with appropriately, and in this case it is a handful of teenagers being sent off to a re-education camp on another planet so they can be integrated back into society. Their ship, however, ends up drastically off-course and their journey turns into one of survival. Hartley masterfully presents pieces of the mystery to his readers in a way to allow them to draw their own conclusions, even as the characters themselves attempt to figure out what is going on. His ability to successfully convey the creepiness of many scenes adds a rich layer to the narrative. The story is exciting, scary, mysterious and trippy all at the same time, a combination that had me up late several nights just to get one more piece of information about what the hell was happening. The characters are diverse, if not a little cliche, but that's to be expected in a story with an ensemble cast, especially a cast full of angst-ridden rebellious teenagers. The development of their relationships throughout the story feel totally natural within the scenario the characters find themselves in, and makes for some pretty emotionally devastating moments when things go wrong in the worst possible way. And I have to say, the way the antagonist is presented and interacts is downright frightful. At first you're confused and curious, and then you're creeped out and scared and sweating as you experience the characters fighting and running for their lives. I love the way Hartley paces his stories, the way he presents and develops his characters and settings and how he brings it all together in the final pages. Cathedrals of Glass: A Planet of Blood and Ice is no different and I found myself closing the book satisfied and intrigued about what may be next for this setting. It definitely leaves the door open for more... which would be a very good thing.