The clicking, gurgling, coffee-table shaped alien vuuv originally landed on Wrigley Field sometime in the early 1950s. Promising advanced technology, state-of-the-art healthcare, and a coveted spot in the “Interspecies Co-Prosperity Alliance,” the vuuv effortlessly secured human compliance. Decades later, however, the human economy has collapsed, the environment is desiccated, and high school senior Adam Costello is looking for a way out. Through his art, haunting landscapes of the wasteland around him, he may just find one.

In the video clip above, National Book Award-winning author M.T. Anderson offers up intriguing insights into his latest novel, a sci-fi exploration of “the way we try to create an image of ourselves.” Out in just five days, this Tuesday, September 12, this “elegant, biting, and hilarious social satire”–and its starred Booklist review, linked above–are not to be missed.




About the Author:

Briana Shemroske is Booklist's Editorial Assistant for Books for Youth. She recently graduated with a BA from Lake Forest College where she studied English Writing and Art History. In her free time she can be found eating cheeseburgers, frolicking with her schnoodle, Moritz, and feebly attempting to play board games. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Briana.

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