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The 13th Continuum

The 13th Continuum

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,... more

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Overview

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.                                              

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...more

Reviews

"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

"A fascinating premise and compulsively readable debut. It totally sucked me in."

Robin Talley, author of Lies We Tell Ourselves

"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

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

"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 damn 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