Reverie

Ryan La Sala (Author)
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Description

"An outstanding debut...[that] will light readers' imaginations on fire."--School Library Journal STARRED Review

"A fever nightmare of epically queer proportions."--Mark Oshiro, author of Anger Is a Gift

Inception meets The Magicians in this wildly imaginative story about what happens when the secret worlds people hide within themselves come to light.

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can't remember anything since an accident robbed him of his memories a few weeks ago. And the world feels different--reality itself seems different.

So when three of his classmates claim to be his friends and the only people who can tell him what's truly going on, he doesn't know what to believe or who he can trust. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere--the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery--Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident, and only he can stop their world from unraveling.

Product Details

Price
$17.98  $16.54
Publisher
Sourcebooks Fire
Publish Date
December 03, 2019
Pages
416
Dimensions
5.5 X 1.5 X 8.4 inches | 1.06 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781492682660

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About the Author

Ryan La Sala grew up in Connecticut, but only physically. Mentally, he spent most of his childhood in the worlds of Sailor Moon and Xena: Warrior Princess, which perhaps explains all the twirling. He studied Anthropology and Neuroscience at Northeastern University before becoming a project manager specialized in digital tools. He technically lives in New York City, but has actually transcended material reality and only takes up a human shell for special occasions, like brunch, and to watch anime (which is banned on the astral plane). He is the author of Reveriel. You can visit him at ryanlasala.com.

Reviews

"Reverie is a dreamy escapist fantasy that will keep you entertained and on your toes. With beautiful prose, fantastic landscapes, and a drag queen sorceress who I'd let step on me any day, you won't want to miss this debut." - Tara Sim, author of the Timekeeper trilogy
"Joyously, riotously queer... The themes of creating one's own reality and fighting against the rules imposed by the world you're born into will ring powerfully true for many young readers." - Kirkus Reviews
"A unique, clever fantasy with a strong protagonist." - Booklist
"A unique addition to YA collections that represents diversity in the book's characters and the author." - School Library Connection
"This outstanding debut novel will light readers' imaginations on fire...Imaginative, bold, and full of queer representation, this is a must-purchase for YA collections." - School Library Journal
"A darkly imagined, riveting fantasy... thrilling." - Shelf Awareness
"A spectacular, imaginative tale unlike anything you've read all year... You don't want to miss this book!" - Paste Magazine
"Innovative... Featuring magic, monsters, and a drag queen sorceress, Reverie promises to open entirely new vistas in the world of LGBTQ fiction." - Goodreads Blog
"[An] inclusive and dazzling debut." - POPSUGAR
"Reverie is easy to fall in love with. La Sala is an exquisite wordsmith and he puts those talents on display as he crafts the intricacies of the reveries and the astonishment of the rainbow-colored magic battles. Reverie makes a strong, late-season case as one of the best young adult fantasies of the year." - Tor.com
"I don't know that I've ever encountered a book quite like Reverie before. It wears its queerness and its narrative weirdness on its sleeve and it paints outside the genre box, even as it gleefully pulls tropes out of that same box and flings them around like confetti. It feels like something fresh and different, and I'll be fascinated to see if it leads the way for a new YA trend. Queer, dream-bending mystery fantasy may well be the next big thing, and I'm here for it!" - NPR.org
""Stunning and terrifying to behold."" - Hypable
"La Sala created a work that toys with fantasy - as in dreams contrasted with reality - and the fantasy genre itself, which for so long has had a narrow concept of who gets to be heroes. "Reverie" kicks open the doors to new voices, rainbow fire and all." - The ARTery (WBUR)
"La Sala weaves compelling tension...La Sala's portrayal of Kane's friendship with the Others is heartfelt, and the story's many LGBTQ characters are prominently represented and powerfully nuanced." - Publishers Weekly
"Powerful... [La Sala] is a model for what an authentic queer writer can be, and it comes through in his debut." - Medium