Authors You Should Know: Nova Ren Suma

Take some unusual powers or visions, add in things that are never quite what they appear to be, and stir with polished writing than sets an eerie mood perfect for crisp fall nights. I would call that the recipe for a Nova Ren Suma book, except that would imply predictability and her work is anything but predictable. Unlike pretty much anything else in YA and earning plenty of starred reviews and honors for her work Nova Ren Suma is definitely and author you should know .

 

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Chloe has been raised by her older sister Ruby so she’s had a front row seat to see that the whole town does whatever Ruby wants. One night, to back-up Ruby’s bragging, Chloe tries to swim across the reservoir. In the water she finds the body of a classmate and what happens after that reveals the dangerous secrets Ruby has kept from Chloe all along. Secrets about their town, secrets about their family, secrets about Ruby’s power, and secrets about what really happened that night at the reservoir.

 

 

 

 

 

The girls come to Lauren to tell their stories, appearing out of nowhere. Girls that have vanished and now haunt her days and her dreams. All of them are seventeen and all of them are missing. Abby Sinclair is the first, but she’s followed by Fiona, Emily, ShyAnn, and so many more. Lauren becomes obsessed with them and ignores everything else as she tries to figure out what it means. Are they dead? Is she next? Can she save any of them? Can she save herself?

 

 

 

 

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“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

One girl, alive and free. One girl, dead and locked up. It’s their story to tell, about two dead girls, about 42 dead girls, and about Ori, the only girl who knows the whole story.

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