A New Uglies Novel

Hey, Uglies fans! The new book in the series, Impostors, comes out Tuesday Sep 11.

You can buy it your local store! Or order it online at IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Apple, and Google Play.

I’ll be on tour through November. Come and see me! Here’s my schedule.

Want to know what Impostors is about? Here’s the new release trailer:

Here’s the first trailer, introducing all four books:

Four New Uglies Novels

The video does not lie. I am returning to the world of Uglies with four new novels. The first is called Impostors, and IS OUT NOW.

You can get it in your local bookstore, or order it on IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Apple, and Google Play.

Perhaps you have some questions?

More of a comment than a question . . .

Ugh.

. . . watching that trailer, I thought it was a TV show or a movie!

Lol. Got you.

These are books. Four novels. We still like novels, right?

Sure. But will there be a movie?

Today’s news is about FOUR NEW NOVELS.

Okay. Are you writing them?

Of course!

I know, I’ve been doing collaborations to stretch myself lately—the Spill Zone graphic novels with Alex (read them online!) and the Zeroes series with Margo and Deb—but this is a solo project.

Where are these books set? Same world? Same time frame?

They take place in the Uglies future, after Tally’s revolution has changed everything. As she once said, “Freedom has a way of destroying things.” The Imposters series is about dealing with the consequences of ending the Pretty Regime. The story starts in a city where things did not work out well. Bad people are in charge.

Dystopian!

Correct. But we also will travel to other cities where things aren’t all bad. This new series is about all the expressions of human nature that’ve popped up after more than ten years of social upheaval.

More than ten years! Is Tally in these books? (Wouldn’t she be, like, super old?)

Lol. She’s, like, THIRTY.

Yes, she is a character in the world. But she’s not a point-of-view character (in the first book, anyway). She’s more like a famous person in the background.

What’s Impostors about then?

A girl named Frey, who’s been raised from birth to pretend to be someone else. She’s a body double. A bodyguard. An impostor!

It’s about the roles that our parents and society force upon us, and how we fight to create our own identities, to invent selves that really belongs to us.

Is that Frey in the trailer?

Not really. This was more of a “Remember Uglies? There’s more!” reveal. There will be another trailer this summer that goes into the plot and characters of Impostors.

Where’s the cover?

Coming soon. It’s lovely.

FORGET COVERS ARE THEIR HOVERBOARDS IN THIS BOOK?

WHAT A QUESTION OF COURSE THERE ARE HOVERBOARDS

Also lots of other cool new tech, never seen before in the Uglies universe.

Like?

Spy dust, suborbitals, lupine surgery, cyranos.

What do those words mean???

Read the book.

Why did you go back to the Uglies world after all this time?

The real world was, like, “Dude. Even stable-seeming democracies are built on seriously rickety underpinnings. Do you really think a bunch of recently awoken bubbleheads are going to make good choices?”

And I was, like, “Dude . . . ”

Dude.

Yeah. Also I had a bunch of science fictional ideas kicking around in my head, and once I came up with Frey’s story, they all started to click.

But you said four books. What are the other three about?

This series mostly follow the adventures of Frey. But later on in the series, Tally (and some other familiar characters) will play a bigger role. The new Uglies world will get bigger and bigger.

There will be one book a year. A book every September till 2021!

Important question here: Is there any romance in Impostors?

There is! But the Love Interest doesn’t know who Frey really is, of course, because she’s an impostor—like in the title! So everything is very tricky, and also our pair are from different sides politically.

Hang on. A guy doesn’t really know who the heroine really is, and they’re on opposite sides? Isn’t that kind of like Leviathan?

Um, Frey isn’t pretending to be a boy. But yes, I do like to play with hidden identities and complicated politics and secrets. Romeo and Juliet is a Thing for a Reason!

Also, unlike with Alek and Deryn, this guy won’t take three frickin’ books to figure it out.

Lol.

Lol.

Wait. You’re writing both sides of this dialog. So this is just you laughing at your own joke.

I slay me.

Any other questions about Impostors?

Why isn’t it call Cakes?

It’s true. “Pretty” is the last word in Uglies, “special” is the last word in Pretties, “ugly” is the last word in Specials, and “cake” is the last word in Extras. So it should be called Cakes.

But the cake is a lie.

Why do you keep spelling it “Impostors” instead of “Imposters”?

Because an “imposter” is someone who works in an impost office. DO YOU WANT TO READ YA BOOKS ABOUT CUSTOMS OFFICIALS? (If you do, there’s probably fan fic.)

Okay. One last question . . . um, IS there ever going to an Uglies movie or TV show?

 ¯\_(?)_/¯

I mean, who knows with Hollywood? But maybe if Impostors is a HUGE bestseller . . .

If you have any more questions, put them in the comments below.

Spill Zone Fan Art Contest

It’s one year since my graphic novel, Spill Zone, launched as a web comic! To mark this occasion, my publishers are having a fan art contest.

Note: If you haven’t read Spill Zone yet, you can buy it now or read the whole thing online!

The winner gets:
a signed and personalized copy;
a signed Spill Zone phone case with a variant cover design;
an exclusive Spill Zone art print;
the chance for their art to be featured at theSpillZone.com and in the official :01 First Second Books fan newsletter.

To enter, just follow :01firstsecond on instagram, and use #SpillZoneFanArtContest when you post your art. Contest ends Oct 31, 2017, aka HALLOWEEN.

We’ll post the five finalists at theSpillZone.com for a short voting period, after which we’ll have something even more exciting to announce!

For rule clarifications and legalese, click here.

Horizon 2 and NYCC

Hey, all! Two things: a new Horizon book and me at New York Comic Con!

The second book in my Horizon series just came out! This is a multi-author series, and book 2 is by Jennifer A. Nielsen. It’s called DEADZONE. You can get it in bookstores, libraries, and at Scholastic Book Clubs and Fairs.

Jennifer will be on tour in Provo UT, St. Charles MO, and La Grange, IL. Click here for details on those events.

And click here for the buzz on the Horizon series and book 1.

Here’s the cover, featuring everyone’s fave brooding loner, Yoshi!

Also, I’ll be at New York Comic Con, which takes place October 5-8. Two panels, a giveaway, and a signing!

GIVE-AWAY of SPILL ZONE FCBD Comics
Thursday, October 5th
2:30pm – 3:30pm
First Second Booth at NYCC

Comes pick up the Spill Zone Free Comic Books Day comic (200 copies!).
I won’t be there, but free stuff will be!

Advice to Young Writers and Illustrators
Sunday, October 8
10:45am – 11:45 AM
Room 1B03

Are you an aspiring writer and/or illustrator? This is the panel for you. Come listen to four great comics creators talk about how they got their start in the industry and give advice from their years of experience.
Kelly (Moderator), Nick Abadzis, Nidhi Chanani, Scott Westerfeld, Emily Carroll.

SIGNING / Scott Westerfeld
Sunday, October 8
12:00pm – 1:00pm
First Second Booth at NYCC

Come get things signed by me! There will be Spill Zones on sale, but bring anything!

Ready for Adventure? Action-(and Romance-)Packed YA Comics
Sunday, October 8
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Room 1A05

An exclusive look at new teen and all-ages titles—swashbuckling, world-traveling, magical and action-packed adventure comics! Romance and adventure await!
Patricia Lyfoung (Scarlet Rose), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), and Valerie Vernay (Water Memory) and Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!). Moderated by Adam Kullbert.

Hope to see you in NYC!

Me at SDCC

Because my graphic novel, Spill Zone, just came out, I’m headed to San Diego Comic Con! I’ve got three panels and two signings.

Hope to see you there!

BOOTH SIGNING
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
First Second Booth

I’ll be signing SPILL ZONE. Buy at the book or bring your own. (And of course I’ll sign anything else you want me to, except confessions.)
Also we’re giving away Spill Night comics & tattoos!

YA IS THE FUTURE OF COMICS
Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 7AB

One of the hottest genres in pop culture, YA books, movies, and comics aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences are creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Join some of the most popular new voices in comics as they discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment. Featuring Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Tillie Walden (Spinning), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), and Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City). Moderated by Brigid Alverson.

CAPTURING TEEN ANGST
Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

Emotions are never more heightened than when you ae a teenager; every trial and tribulation is the end of the world. Mark Waid (Archie) finds out how to capture a teenager’s dramatic spirit with experts Dean Hale (Calamity Jack), Shannon Hale (Real Friends), Erica Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl), and Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone).

THE FUTURE IS BLEAK
Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

All stories require an element of conflict, but some authors see a darker vision than others when they gaze into the future. Panelists Alex R. Kahler (Runebinder), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), Cory Doctorow (Walkaway), Annalee Newitz (Autonomous), and Scott Reintgen (Nyxia) serve as guides to poisoned presents, alternative timeline apocalypses, near and far future dystopias, and other not-so-cheery scenarios with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).
We’ll all be signing after the panel.
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Sails Pavilion – Autographs AA06

Fierce Reads Tour

I’m still on tour, in Dallas at the moment, headed to Cleveland next. But I wanted to mention that for the next few events, I’ll be part of a group of authors known as Fierce Reads 2017.

This gaggle of scribes includes Erin Beaty, Taran Matharu, Kristen Orlando, and me. We’ll all be together in Parma OH, St Paul MN, Santa Cruz CA, Austin TX, and Coral Gables FL. They’ll be appearing without me in Menlo Park CA and Las Vegas NM. (And I’ll be doing solo events in Toronto CA, Rhinebeck NY, and NYC.)

Since we’ll be traveling together, appearing together, and eating together for more than a week, I thought I’d get to know them first.

This is what I discovered:

Erin Beaty
@ErinBeatyWrites

Book
The Traitor’s Kiss

Three things that describe your book:
“Spies, lies, and smooching.”

Strangest reaction you’ve ever gotten to your book?
“I begged my readers to give me feedback on the romantic scenes, but hardly anyone would give me more than a thumbs up. But then I got a lot of great feedback and specific advice from my mom, which was ewwwwwwwww.”

What were you doing when you found out you were going to be published?
“I was ironing a bunch of shirts for my brother-in-law’s wedding when my agent called to say I was going to an acquisitions board. When the offer itself came through the next week, I was getting ready for the wedding’s rehearsal dinner. After that, the whole night is pretty foggy.”

Taran Matharu
@TaranMatharu1

Book
Battlemage (Summoner series, book 3)

Three things that describe your book:
“Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pokemon.”

Strangest reaction you’ve ever gotten to your book?
“I have had two marriage proposals from readers I have never met.”

What were you doing when you found out you were going to be published?
“The was actually about to go into one of those sensory deprivation tanks to clear my head, where you float suspended in water for an hour. You’re supposed to relax and let your mind go empty. Let’s just say it didn’t work out that way!”

Kristen Orlando
@KristenOrlando1

Book
You Don’t Know My Name

Three things that describe your book:
“Dangerous double life.”

Strangest reaction you’ve ever gotten to your book?
“I just got the most irate email from a reader: ‘HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO YOUR READERS????? I finished it a few minutes ago, threw the book across the room, and had to contact you immediately to express my great disdain about your ending. I feel sad and awful and empty and hopeless!!!! Why did you do that to me???'”

What were you doing when you found out you were going to be published?
“I was at work when I got the call. I went into the stairwell, jumped up and down and then called my husband.”

For details of all Fierce Reads events, click this link.

To check out the rest of my tour, click here.

Hope to see you all on the road!

HORIZON is out TODAY!

My new book, Horizon, is out today, March 28!

What’s It About?
A group of Brooklyn kids on a robotics team are flying to a competition in Japan. But on the way their plane is seized by a mysterious force and crashes. When they step from the wreckage, they find themselves stranded, at odds, and in a jungle full of strange and terrible creatures!

Basically, it’s like Hatchet, but geekier. And like Lord of the Flies, but way less depressing. And like Lost, except the characters are lost but the writers aren’t.

Explosions! Survival! Who will lead them home?

Is There a Trailer?
No. I mean, yes:

Is This Book Standalone?
“Standalone”? I barely even know what that word means.

Horizon is the first in a seven-book series, one of Scholastic’s multi-author, multi-platform deals, like 39 Clues and Spirit Animals. I wrote the first novel myself and outlined all seven of the books, but six other authors will write the rest. They have to catch all the balls I’ve thrown in the air. (Suckers.)

The second installment is by Jennifer A. Nielsen, and the other authors are secret for now. But trust me, there are some cool people involved!

What Does Multi-Platform Mean?
Computer stuff!

There’s a Horizon game for computers, phones, and tablets. Download through your phone/tablet store or play through your browser right here. Also at that link is a big community of other fans exchanging clues and secrets and game hints.

I’m a gamer from way back (me in the 1970s, basically) so the game has been a blast to work on. My robotics team characters are based on the smart, nerdy kids I hung out with around the gaming table.

Here’s a discussion between me, my editor, and the game’s designer on the Scholastic podcast.

Wasn’t This Book Supposed to Come Out a While Ago?
Yes, January 17. But the super high-tech, fancy cover broke the printing factory, so it was delayed. That’s life on the cutting edge, my friends.

Our scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could make this cover, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

Are You Touring for this Book?
Yep, I’m headed all over the country for both this book and Spill Zone, my graphic novel. All tour details can be found right here.

Cities include: Holmdel NJ, Canton CT, Collegeville PA, Raleigh NC, St. Louis MO, Pasadena CA, Menlo Park CA, Washington DC, Athens GA, Buford GA, Dallas TX, Parma OH, St Paul MN, Santa Cruz CA, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Austin TX, Coral Gables FL, Rhinebeck NY, and New York NY.

What’s the Age Level?
Fairly high middle grade. In other words, it’s closer in age and feel to my Uglies books than, say, Zeroes.

Read and excerpt or buy the book online by clicking here.