Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
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.
A Kirkus Reviews “BEST TEEN BOOK OF 2014“!
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2012 11:21 PM
To: J…. J….
Subject: Query | The Islands at the End of the World | Speculative YA (Sci-Fi)
Dear J…. J…,
I have always been very impressed with Janklow & Nesbit Associates and I have been eager to query you with my new manuscript. I believe that you would be a great match for my 90,000-word The Islands at the End of the World, a YA speculative fiction (with a hint of Sci-Fi) set in Hawai`i during a global catastrophe.
Ninety-five percent of the food consumed by residents of Hawaii is imported. What do you suppose would become of the over-populated island paradise if the cargo ships suddenly stopped arriving?
Leilani Milton is a hapa haole (half white, half Hawaiian) high school sophomore living in rainy Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai`i. Battling severe epilepsy, she struggles to fit in among her classmates and to earn the approval of her akua(Hawaiian gods, ancestors, and family guardians). She travels with her father to Honolulu to participate in a clinical trial for new epilepsy medication, and they unexpectedly find themselves stranded on O`ahu when all electronics and means of communication cease to function. Dismayed islanders turn their gaze to what has been locally dubbed the “Emerald Orchid,” a mysterious, cloud-like anomaly that has begun to hover over the Earth. As days of isolation, confusion, and dysfunction turn to weeks, pressures mount. The ships and the planes stop arriving from the mainland, and, as a million derelict Hawaiians battle for table scraps, Leilani and her father must traverse a nightmare landscape of escalating perils in a harrowing struggle to return home and reunite with their family.
When Leilani discovers that her misfiring brain may hold the key to the mystery of the Emerald Orchid, she must confront her disorder and face a desperate choice as the fate of her family and her world lies in the balance.
We all know ad nauseum what happens to New York’s masses during the “End Times,” but now readers can explore what becomes of a forgotten few stranded on the world’s most isolated island chain. While capitalizing on the very real dilemma of a state facing serious sustainability issues, this novel aims to blend page-turning excitement with the powerful parent-child dynamics and myopic intensity of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (though, alas: my sentences contain verbs). Coincidentally, it would seem that J.J. Abram’s newest T.V. series premiering this fall shares some innovative elements with my work. I take this as a good sign that audiences remain enthusiastic about intelligent “blackout” narratives, and I’m confident that my story is different enough to synergistically play off of Chicago-based Revolution. As a resident of Hilo, Hawai`i, I channeled my relationship with my own daughter in writing this chilling adventure. While Leilani and her father face imaginative challenges and plot twists along their journey home, this odyssey focuses primarily on a strong and memorable father-daughter relationship that will resonate with readers long after they finish turning the pages.
I am currently studying for my Masters degree at UH-Hilo. I hope to make writing into a career and I’m seeking a long-term relationship with an agent who will push me to success in a variety of genres. The first chapter is attached as a Word doc. May I please send you more? The full ms is available at your request. This is an exclusive query for one week and I am eager to hear back from you.
Thank you very much!
And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Paula Stokes, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 6! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the GOLD TEAM and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!