The Deep Sky


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$29.99  $27.89
Flatiron Books
Publish Date
6.46 X 9.5 X 1.39 inches | 1.32 pounds

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About the Author

Yume Kitasei is the author of The Deep Sky and The Stardust Grail. She is Japanese and American and grew up in a space between two cultures--the same space where her stories reside. She lives in Brooklyn with two cats, Boondoggle and Filibuster. Her stories have appeared in publications including New England Review, Catapult, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Baltimore Review. Visit her online at


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"Cerebral SF, tackling both humanity-wide problems and the smaller but ever-present conflicts closer to home." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Required reading." --The Boston Globe

"One of the best debuts of the year." --Book Riot

"Smart and exhilarating...A study in belonging and how Asuka's intersecting identities (Japanese-American, crew member, classmate, friend, daughter and woman) buttress her during the most important moments in her life." --BookPage

"The Deep Sky is a beautiful tightly-wound mystery. It is both an intimate character portrait and a thriller. The space geek in me loves the way the voyage feels like a completely plausible extension of our current billionaire-fueled space race." --Mary Robinette Kowal, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards

"The Deep Sky is a smart, emotionally mature, quick-paced climate fiction space whodunit that I already wanted to read again before I even finished it." --Associated Press

"Gripping, apocalyptic...Complete with sabotage, secrets, explosions, flashbacks, existential dread and, ultimately, hope, this is a winner." --Ms. Magazine

"There's just so much to love about The Deep Sky, a book both smart and ultimately wise about how we will address our current crises...It's a fast-paced read that invites readers to slow down and really think, an impressive feat for a debut." --Geekly, Inc.

"There are so many things to love about Yume Kitasei's debut, but I especially adored how real every moment felt: the politics of boarding school and our future world; the lapsed friendships and estranged parents; the guilt of surviving, of being chosen. In The Deep Sky, Kitasei puts us under the microscope not in judgment but with a fair and caring eye; she looks for the best in us." --C. L. Clark, author of The Unbroken

"Kitasei's debut moves quickly and builds rich characters, with a sense of humor that will appeal to fans of John Scalzi." --Booklist

"If you like your sci-fi tinged with noir and suspense, then Yume Kitasei's The Deep Sky is for you. Evocative, engaging, and hard to forget, I really loved this novel. Put it on your radar." --Alex Segura, LA Times Book Prize-winning author of Secret Identity

"Readers will be engaged by the mystery and suspense and find the familiarity and connection in the humanity of Asuka and the journey of The Phoenix." --Library Journal

"A remarkable story of endurance and hope." --Publishers Weekly