The Vanished Birds

Simon Jimenez (Author)
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Description

A "highly imaginative and utterly exhilarating" (Thrillist) debut that is "the best of what science fiction can be: a thought-provoking, heartrending story about the choices that define our lives." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

A mysterious child lands in the care of a solitary woman, changing both of their lives forever.

I expected many things from this trip.
I did not expect a family.

A solitary ship captain, unfettered from time. A mute child, burdened with unimaginable power. A millennia-old woman, haunted by lifetimes of mistakes. In this captivating debut of connection across space and time, these outsiders will find in each other the things they lack: A place of love and belonging. A safe haven. A new beginning.

But the past hungers for them, and when it catches up, it threatens to tear this makeshift family apart.

Praise for The Vanished Birds

"This extraordinary science fiction epic, which delves deep into the perils of failing to learn from one's mistakes, is perfect for fans of big ideas and intimate reflections."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A lyrical and moving narrative of space travel, found families, and lost loves set against an evocative space-opera background."--Booklist (starred review)

"The Vanished Birds finds an intimate heartbeat of longing in a saga of galactic progress and its crushing fallout. . . . A novel of vast scope that yet makes time for compassion, wonder, and poetry."--Indra Das, author of The Devourers

Product Details

Price
$27.00  $24.84
Publisher
Del Rey Books
Publish Date
January 14, 2020
Pages
400
Dimensions
6.0 X 1.4 X 9.4 inches | 1.42 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780593128985

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About the Author

Simon Jimenez's short fiction has appeared in Canyon Voices and 100 Word Story's anthology of flash fiction, Nothing Short Of. He received his MFA from Emerson College. This is his first novel.

Reviews

"Highly imaginative and utterly exhilarating . . . [The Vanished Birds] already feels like a science fiction classic."--Thrillest

"The Vanished Birds finds an intimate heartbeat of longing in a saga of galactic progress and its crushing fallout. . . . A novel of vast scope that yet makes time for compassion, wonder, and poetry."--Indra Das, author of The Devourers

"The future world-building is rich and smart, the prose assured, and the story both intensely personal and a blistering commentary on capitalism and colonialism. . . . Highly recommended."--Kate Elliott, author of Black Wolves

"This extraordinary science fiction epic, which delves deep into the perils of failing to learn from one's mistakes, is perfect for fans of big ideas and intimate reflections."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A lyrical and moving narrative of space travel, found families, and lost loves set against an evocative space-opera background."--Booklist (starred review)

"Reminiscent of Justin Cronin's The Passage, yet the journey itself evokes Bryce Courtenay's The Power of One, creating crossover appeal for readers who enjoy a bit of emotional attachment with their time travel . . .The story takes on a tone and depth that recalls an N.K. Jemisin novel."--Library Journal

"This powerful, suspenseful story asks us to consider what we'd sacrifice for progress--or for the ones we love."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The Vanished Birds strikes a breathless balance between the conceptually dazzling and the emotionally resonant, and it's in that balance that a bright new voice in genre fiction is born. Simon Jimenez has announced himself as a graceful, spellbinding storyteller."--BookPage, starred review