Tangled Planet

My new book is working its way into Canadian stores (it’ll be out in the US in May 2018). It’s published by the wonderful people at DCB – an imprint of Cormorant. Yay! You can find it at my favourite book store – Bakka Phoenix – right now and official launch details will come soon, as well as info on a Goodreads Giveaway.

So, it’s probably time to say a bit more about it.

It’s called Tangled Planet, and it’s a YA SF.


Here’s the blurb from my publisher’s website:

It’s taken 400 years of travel, but the starship Venture has finally arrived at its destination. Beta Earth is an uninhabited, untouched planet that seventeen-year-old engineer Ursa has to colonise with her crewmates.

The first night Ursa is on Beta Earth her world goes out of control when she encounters a dead body. She’s positive she saw a large creature with sharp teeth, something that shouldn’t even be on the planet, but nobody believes her. As injuries and bodies start piling up, Ursa must figure out who to trust when her fellow crewmates start taking sides between Venture’s safety and the hope of creating a home on Beta Earth.

If Ursa and her people can’t find out what’s really going on in the forest, their already fragile society won’t survive.

And here’s how my agent, Lydia Moëd, described it:

After 400 years of travel, the generation starship Venture has arrived at its destination planet: Beta Earth, pristine and uninhabited. But 17-year-old engineer Ursa and her crewmates are not prepared for the rigors of colonization. Deadly accidents and unexpected hardships threaten to tear the group apart. Then Ursa discovers something lurking in the overgrown alien forests of their new home. Something that shouldn’t be there. Something that’s killing the colonists, one by one.

Ursa needs to convince her crewmates to return to the safety of the Venture, but when she tries to tell people about the giant, fanged creature she saw, they assume she’s lost her mind – or worse, that she’s committing the murders herself to sabotage the colonization process. As conflict threatens to tear the crew apart and evidence of a conspiracy comes to light, Ursa doesn’t know who she can trust. But she knows that if they don’t pull together and find out what’s really going on in the forest, their fragile society won’t stand a chance of survival.

From the award-nominated author of Transferral, TANGLED PLANET is a tense, compelling read that combines the big ideas of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora with the pace and intrigue of The 100.

Tangled Planet is available to order from the normal places online, and should be on the shelves of all good Canadian bookstores soon. It’s out there. And I’m back to being all nervous as I wait to find out if people like it.

(I hope you do).

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