Winner of the 2017 Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book!
“Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless, and powerful, The Art of Starving is a classic in the making.”—Book Riot
Matt hasn’t eaten in days. His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal, but Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away.
Matt’s hardworking mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have . . . powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space.
So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe?
Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger…and he isn’t in control of all of them.
A darkly funny, moving story of body image, addiction, friendship, and love, Sam J. Miller’s debut novel will resonate with any reader who’s ever craved the power that comes with self-acceptance.
Sam J. Miller is the Nebula Award–winning author of The Art of Starving (an NPR best book of the year) and Blackfish City (a Nebula Award finalist and a John W. Campbell Award winner). Sam is a recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award and a graduate of the Clarion Workshop. His short stories have been nominated for the World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus Awards, and reprinted in dozens of anthologies. He lives in New York City.
N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy is about the end of history. At the 2018 Hugo Awards, presented last night at WorldCon 76 in San Jose, California, she made history. “I am on this stage accepting this award for pretty much the same reason as every previous Hugo winner,” Jemisin said. “Because I worked my ass […]
Another year of our Blogging the Nebulas review series came to an end tonight as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced this year’s Nebula Award winners, recognizing the best fiction published in 2017. We’re pleased to say that we’ve improved our average to .500, correctly predicting the Best Novel winner for the […]
Two books to his name, and suddenly, young author Sam J. Miller has proven himself a force to be reckoned with. Last year he released his debut novel for young adults, The Art of Starving, to much acclaim (and a nomination for the Andre Norton and Crawford awards, among others). Now, he’s back with something […]
The nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards are in, and you’ll excuse us if we’re feeling a slight sense of déjà vu. It’s not only the fact that there’s a fair bit of overlap with this year’s Nebula Awards ballot (particularly in the Best Novella and Best Short Story categories); it’s also the fact that five […]
Today, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2017 Nebula awards, honoring science fiction and fantasy works—novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories—published during the prior calendar year. If the Hugo Awards, voted on by fans, are the SFF version of the People’s Choice Awards, the Nebulas are the Oscars, […]