This month’s selection is brutal in all the best ways. It’s grotesque and gritty and uncompromisingly bleak. It’s also fierce and tender. It’s incredibly human and, at times, totally barbaric. And it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
A mysterious disaster has cut off an already isolated community of young women from the rest of the world. Their home and their bodies have been infected, turned against them. And in response they have organized and adapted. But this is not a story of unity and girl power—though it’s full of strong, independent women. As readers we quickly learn to distrust everyone we meet, including our protagonists. Who doesn’t love a suspenseful story and an unreliable narrator?
Our main characters are fierce, complex, and loyal to only two things: survival and each other. They’re re-discovering themselves in the wake of immense trauma, and the narrative is incredibly true, but subtle about the effects this has taken on their emotions and identities. In a story that includes a government conspiracy, sci fi mutations, and graphic violence, it seems impossible to say the book is character-driven; and yet it absolutely is.
This book is full of tangible detail and description that sets a deliciously dark, desolate tone to match its unsettling narrative. It’s not a comfortable read. Instead, this story feels visceral and real, the stakes incredibly high. Don’t be surprised if you feel your heart racing or your fists clenching as you venture deeper into this fully-realized world.
This is a one-of-a-kind read, but take caution: It’s definitely not for everyone.
Graphic violence and body horror. Gore.
On the page character death, parental death, and animal death, though the animals are not pets.
Behavior and descriptive language akin to self harm, and references to such.
Food scarcity and starvation. Emesis.
A scene depicting chemical gassing.
Reference to suicide and suicidal ideation.
Non-consensual medical treatment.
MERCH IN THE BOX: This will be our quarterly 3.0 bookstagram prop box. It will have themed Victorian aesthetics with a touch of gothic.
boxes will begin shipping July 11-13
PLEASE NOTE ABOUT ORDERING MULTIPLE BOXES: If you order more than one box or item, everything will ship together with the latest item shipping out. Shipment is calculated as combined shipping into a single package. If you prefer items to ship as soon as available, then please purchase separately. Otherwise, items go out with the latest dated shipment.
The book will also come with a full colored wood bookmark
ABOUT THE BOOK:
This is a story about two brothers. One brother has the ability to read characters and its world out of books into the real one. One night, the youngest brother accidentally reads a dangerous character out of the book. As his older brother comes to help him with the problem (again), the character holds a knife to the brother's throat and tells him "the new world is coming and you can't stop it." Shortly after, the younger brother puts the character back into the book. We later learn that there is another Summoner, people who can read characters out of books, in town and this Summoner has nefarious plans.
You'll visit some of your favorite classic characters in this story while also being immersed in what is truly a unique story.
Books will begin shipping July 25-27th
PLEASE NOTE ABOUT ORDERING MULTIPLE BOXES AND ITEMS: If you order more than one box or item, everything will ship together with the latest item shipping out. Shipment is calculated as combined shipping into a single package. If you prefer items to ship as soon as available, then please purchase separately. Otherwise, items go out with the latest dated shipment