In the tradition of The Lunar Chronicles, this sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet-colony of Laterre.
System Divine #0.5 (short story)
Authors: Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
Publication Date: January 6, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Age Range: 12 and up
Available Formats: Digital Download
How did Chatine Renard—a hopeful child living on the planet of Laterre become a cunning and ambitious thief? Find out in this prequel short story to Book 1 in the System Divine Series, Sky Without Stars.
Growing up as the daughter of con artists, Chatine has always known a life of hardship. But once upon a time, as a young and innocent girl new to the capital city of Vallonay, Chatine dreamed of a different life. She dreamed of an escape from the rough streets of the Frets. Honest work for an honest chance. That’s all she wanted. To do her duty as a loyal member of the Third Estate and one day win the Ascension that would take her far away from her parents and their crooked lifestyle.
But when her father coerces her into taking part in his latest con, Chatine finds herself embroiled in a plot that will send her on a one-way path toward a future she never wanted and a destiny she’s been running from her entire life.
*Map designs by Francesca Baerald
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jessica Brody is the author of more than 17 novels for teens, tweens, and adults including The Geography of Lost Things, The Chaos of Standing Still, A Week of Mondays, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, Better You Than Me, the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy, and the forthcoming Sky Without Stars (a sci-fi reimagining of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, co-written with Joanne Rendell), coming March 26, 2019. She’s also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants and the LEGO Disney Princess chapter books. Jessica’s first non-fiction book, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel (a plotting guide for novelists) released in October 2018. Jessica’s books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and two are currently in development as major motion pictures. She lives with her husband and three dogs near Portland, OR. Visit Jessica online at JessicaBrody.com.
Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels for adults—The Professors’ Wives’ Club, Crossing Washington Square, and Out of the Shadows—published by New American Library/Penguin. She holds a PhD in English Literature and has taught (and is extremely passionate about) literary classics, such as Hugo’s Les Misérables. Joanne writes essays and interviews for the Huffington Post and other publications. She’s a board member, assistant producer, and dramaturge for the youth Shakespeare company, New Genesis Productions. Joanne also teaches fiction writing to teens and kids in New York City, where she lives with her husband—a professor at NYU—and their thirteen-year-old son. Visit Joanne at JoanneRendell.com.
THE SYSTEM DIVINE SERIES