Young Adult Author Austin Aslan The Islands at the End of the World READING, Q&A, BOOKSIGNING Please note: This is a Writer’s Box for Teens event at the Prescott Public Library Founders Suite.
Write On! Learn some creative ways to begin the writing process with Austin Aslan, celebrated young adult author of The Islands at the End of the World. For teens, grades 6-12. Register online, at Youth Desk or call 928.777.1537 for more information.
Kirkus Reviews calls it one of the Best Books of 2014 for Teens! Recent Nominee for YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults!
About The Book
In this fast-paced survival story set in Hawaii, electronics fail worldwide, the islands become completely isolated, and a strange starscape fills the sky. Leilani and her father embark on a nightmare odyssey from Oahu to their home on the Big Island. Leilani's epilepsy holds a clue to the disaster, if only they can survive as the islands revert to earlier ways. A powerful story enriched by fascinating elements of Hawaiian ecology, culture, and warfare, this captivating and dramatic debut from Austin Aslan is the first of two novels.
Praise for the Book Aslan’s debut honors Hawaii’s unique cultural strengths—family ties and love of home, amplified by geography and history—while remaining true to a genre that affirms the mysterious grandeur of the universe waiting to be discovered. A suspenseful and engaging series opener made all the more distinctive through its careful realization of setting. —Kirkus Reviews
Aslan’s debut is a riveting tale of belonging, family, overcoming perceived limitations, and finding a home. —Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Debut author Aslan shows off his promise as a writer, delivering a fresh, of-the-moment take on apocalyptic fiction. The ecology of Hawaii and its mythology glow vividly as Lei awakens to her special connection to the Emerald Orchid and its purpose. First in a planned two-book series, it's an exceptional adventure and survival story that's intimately tied to its setting. — Publisher's Weekly About the Author
Austin Aslan grew up in Prescott, went to Taylor Hicks, Granite Mountain Middle School, PHS, and married his high school sweetheart. Aslan was inspired to write his debut novel, The Islands at the End of the World, while living on the Big Island of Hawaii. He earned a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. His research on rare Hawaiian plants located on the high slopes of Mauna Loa won him a pair of destroyed hiking boots, a tattered rain jacket, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He lives outside Tucson, Arizona, deep in the Sonoran Desert, where he pets scorpions and hugs saguaro cacti with his wife and their two young children. Aslan is pursuing a Ph.D. in geography at the University of Arizona and thinking up new stories while conducting ecosystem resilience research atop the Peruvian Andes. He continues to write fiction and looks forward to the publication of this novel’s sequel, The Girl at the Center of the World. Find out more about Austin Aslan »
Location: Street: 215 East Goodwin St Additional: City: Prescott, Province: Arizona Postal Code: 86302 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)