- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 10 and up
- Series: The Continuum Trilogy (Book 1)
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Turner; Reprint edition (April 19, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1681622548
- ISBN-13: 978-1681622545
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 13th Continuum: The Continuum Trilogy, Book 1 Paperback – April 19, 2016
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"The books I loved as a YA reader profoundly informed my life. So I’m excited for all who are about to discover The 13th Continuum. Jennifer Brody has brought muscular, propulsive writing and big ideas to bear on an ambitious, dystopian landscape that dares to look past the near horizon. And dares to hope."―Mark Ordesky, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings
"The 13th Continuum manages to be smart, surprising, and a good time, all at once. That's hard magic to pull off, but Jennifer Brody makes it seem easy. Swift and surprising, this novel is such a confident debut. Here's to many more."―Victor LaValle, author of New York Times Notable Book of the Year, The Devil in Silver
"This debut is an exciting and well-built read."―Booklist
"We’ve all had those novels that make us sad when they end, not because we didn’t like the story or characters… but because we liked them too much and there will never be another 'first time' to experience it – the characters, the world… the brilliant story. The 13th Continuum is one of those kinds of books. In cases such as these, re-reading is good, but telling your friends to go pick it up so that you can vicariously live the story through their first time is about as close as you can get to that feeling you had during your first read. So that’s what I’m doing now. Go read this book. It’s fun, it’s sad, it’s completely unique… and it’s an absolute breath of fresh air (When you read the book, you’ll get that pun)! In a post-apocalyptic genre you thought had no new stories to tell comes this surprisingly conceived book. Don’t wait for the movie that’s no doubt to follow and let yourself be spoiled… read the book and pass it on." ―Kirby Howell, author of Autumn in the City of Angels
"Non-stop excitement and strong world-building combine to make The 13th Continuum a fantastic read for science fiction and dystopian fans alike. The story sucked me in from the very beginning, and had me pulling for Myra and Aero to break free from their very different, but equally oppressive governments. Eagerly awaiting the next in this series!" ―Rysa Walker, author of The Chronos Files
"I tore through Jennifer Brody's The 13th Continuum at light speed. This fresh, fast-paced novel featuring a post-doom Earth will hook readers with its likable characters and thrilling stakes. But it's the book's action and hope for a better future that will keep readers turning the page and leave eager for the next installment." ―Mindee Arnett, critically acclaimed author of Avalon and the Arkwell Academy series
"With meticulous world-building and an epic scope, Jennifer Brody has created a fascinating sci-fi story. Readers will flip the pages, anxious to answer a question that will determine the future of humanity: Will they reach the surface?" ―Pintip Dunn, author of Forget Tomorrow
"A fascinating premise and compulsively readable debut. It totally sucked me in." ―Robin Talley, author of Lies We Tell Ourselves
"This gripping read is recommended not only for advanced teen readers, but for adults who enjoy solid sci-fi dystopian settings." - Donovan's Bookshelf
"Brody writes an intelligent narrative that is entertaining as it is introspective about the human race, its fate and where we might end up."―Roanoke Times
"Fans clamoring for a new dystopian science fiction series may appreciate this latest addition to the genre."― School Library Journal
"An original and deftly crafted science fiction novel, The 13th Continuum is especially recommended for young readers ages 12 to 18 and would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to school and community library YA Fiction (and especially science fiction) collections."―Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Jennifer Brody lives and writes in Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard University, she began her career in feature film development. Highlights include working at New Line Cinema on many projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Golden Compass, and Love In The Time of Cholera. She’s a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She also founded and runs BookPod, a social media platform for authors with hundreds of members. This is her first book.
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This was one of those night-time reads where I found it just too easy to keep delaying putting the light out as I told myself, "Just one more chapter," then "Just one more chapter." That's the measure of a master storyteller, in my book (excuse the pun!)
Not least, I enjoyed the fact that I could see so many parallels with our lives today, with so-called "experts" who have established rules and restrictions that keep us from realizing our authenticity and deeper growth as human beings.
I'm way beyond the age of "Young Adult" but am so grateful to this author for writing the first in what I trust will be a quality series, exploring the worlds and experiences of the protagonists Myra and Aero.
And I'm glad I did.
Despite its post-apocalyptic premise, this book is spirited and even fun, lacking the deathly over-seriousness of most works in the genre. And it has some nice wrinkles, including the fact that it switches back and forth between two distinctly different societies with two distinctly different protagonists, which kept me flipping pages.
The premise of this book, first in a series, is that the Earth's surface has been devastated by a mysterious device referred to only as the Doom, forcing humanity to seek shelter in protected colonies that exist beneath the ocean, deep underground, and in outer space. After 1000 years, the Beacon held by each colony is meant to guide it back to the surface (or to the planet in the case of the outer space colonies) in hopes of repopulating Earth. Of the two colonies that are the focus of this book, the one beneath the seas has lapsed into theocracy and the one drifting through the galaxy has turned into a military oligarchy--and the rulers, perhaps needless to say, aren't keen on giving up their perks as will happen if their colonies carry out the original plan of repopulation. So while teenage girl Myra (in the submarine colony) and teenage boy Aero (in the outer space colony) fight to recover the Beacons and reclaim Earth, their respective leaders seek to block them by any means, including murder.
There were a few things I found inconsistent or implausible about the story--foremost of which was how easily Myra recovered a lost Beacon that, presumably, the rulers had been trying to find and destroy for nearly 1000 years. But the exuberance of the story and characters carried me past these minor "hm" moments. If you're looking for dystopian YA that feels fresh, this book (and the series of which it's a part) might be for you.
On rare occasion, I still climb into the branches of a welcoming tree to read, but only if a book invokes those memories in me. “The 13th Continuum” by Jennifer Brody transported me back to those days for many reasons: Begin with the dire subject matter acutely relevant to our present and future young adults. Move on to the sweeping epic that houses it. Meet the brave youth who must shoulder an impossible responsibility. Discover secrets hidden a millennium ago before time runs out. Explore the unknown with only wits and determination. Find hope against all odds.
Jennifer Brody’s writing challenges young adult readers to expand their vocabulary and knowledge, while still being approachable and engaging. Everyone will find a character they can relate to, because the author conceived of them with an open mind and heart from the inside out. The book’s plotline never waivers in creating the appropriate tension and pace, driving the audience to claw for the next page. The opening chapter will capture their attention and hold it rapt as they realize they will be facing their greatest fear. The closing chapter will leave them wringing their hands and pleading for more.
Yes, this book made me climb a tree.
My only consolation now that I’ve finished it is there are two more!