Shatter the Sky

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$18.99  $17.66
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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5.8 X 8.8 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Rebecca Kim Wells grew up in California before moving east in search of crisp autumns and snowy winters. She is the author of the Shatter the Sky duology and Briar Girls. Her debut novel, Shatter the Sky, was a New England Book Award Finalist, a Bisexual Book Award winner, and a Rainbow List selection. When not writing, she works at a fiercely independent bookstore in Massachusetts and spends too much time singing along to musicals. Learn more at


"In Shatter the Sky, Rebecca Kim Wells has created a fierce, brave, stalwart protagonist and a full-realized fantasy world reminiscent of writers like Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley, all infused with intersectionality, feminism, and, of course, dragons. This is a fairytale for people who have never seen themselves in fairytales before. Anne McCaffrey for the next generation, and I absolutely devoured it."--Mackenzi Lee, bestselling author of THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE
"Rebecca Kim Wells' debut combines epic storytelling and inclusive worldbuilding to create a novel that feels both timeless and timely. Come for the dragons; stay for the exhilarating ending that will have you eagerly awaiting the sequel."--Melissa Bashardoust, author of GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS
"Quiet homebody Maren determines to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend by stealing an imprisoned dragon - and compelling, engrossing fantasy ensues. Thoughtful world-building and seamless writing ground this adventure story that ultimately asks the question: What makes a hero? I'll be watching for Rebecca Wells's next book."--Nancy Werlin, bestselling, award-winning author of IMPOSSIBLE
"Shatter the Sky is masterfully transportive, a high fantasy that soars with the dragons and scales the heights for love. Every page left me riveted. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, Renée Ahdieh and Cindy Pon, Shatter the Sky invites the reader into a world they will want to visit again and again."

--Saundra Mitchell, author of ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK and editor of YA anthologies ALL OUT and ALL OUT NOW
"A wondrous adventure, Shatter the Sky is filled with high stakes, sweeping romance, and fascinating dragon-lore. I loved that queerness is written right into the world without fear or prejudice."--Tessa Gratton, author of STRANGE GRACE
"Rebecca Kim Wells has written a captivating debut with a bold heroine to root for and a richly imagined world to get lost in. I was enchanted from the very first page."--Audrey Coulthurst, author of OF FIRE AND STARS
"A compelling, emotional, and satisfying read with a believably reluctant but determined heroine, a well-drawn world with a history and details that matter to the story, and--best of all--dragons! I wish I'd had books like this to read when I was a teen, and I'm so glad I get to enjoy this lovely novel now."--Kate Elliott, author of COURT OF FIVES and COLD MAGIC
"Shatter the Sky and its dragons gave me a romantic, adventurous, consuming, and dangerous world I both feared and didn't want to leave. An extremely welcome addition to YA's queer fantasy canon." --Dahlia Adler, author of UNDER THE LIGHTS
"Debut author Wells' beautiful prose and compelling protagonist will leave readers eager for the sequel."--Kirkus Reviews
"How can you not love a book about dragons, beautifully lush worlds, and delicious foreboding? More than just a gorgeous fantasy, it's about rising up and staying true to who you are--a fantastic addition to every bookshelf!"--Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch Trilogy
"A great addition to high school library collections, particularly those looking for LGBTQ romance."--School Library Journal
* "Rebecca Kim Wells has crafted a top-notch dragon story. Her fantasy world-building is excellent, the plot anchored by a strong young woman who feels both nuanced and real...The story builds momentum until its breathtaking finish, concluding the episode while leaving larger issues unresolved and ready to be picked up in the second installment of this promised duology."--Shelf Awareness, STARRED REVIEW
"Wells' satisfying and inclusive debut hits the fantasy trifecta: rich world building, nuanced characters, and deeply impressive dragons. A new author--and new series--to watch."--Booklist
"This is a compelling, inclusive, deftly written debut fantasy, and I am very much looking forward to the sequel."
"A thrilling fantasy adventure."--Publishers Weekly