Tuesday, October 23, 2018

ANY SECOND is almost here!

Coming NOVEMBER 20th:

My next YA novel is almost here. I cannot wait to share this book!

FOUR YEARS after being kidnapped, Elian's captor sends him into the mall—with a bomb strapped to his chest.

Across the mall is Maya, a girl whose crippling anxiety holds her prisoner in its own way.

Whether it's chance or fate, Maya keeps Eli from ending them all. And now, nothing is the same. Drawn together by the dark pasts, and bonded by the threat of a copycat attack that only they can stop, Maya and Eli know it only takes second for their entire world to change....

"A riveting novel about the capacity for hope in the midst of evil." Sara Zarr, author of Gem & Dixie

"Unflinching, unputdownable, and unforgettable." Amanda Maciel, author of Tease


"A moving read that will keep readers up late into the night." —Kirkus Reviews

"An engrossing story of familiar pains and uncanny redemptions."—Booklist

"Emotionally and psychologically engrossing and revelatory." —BCCB

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Check out these amazing reviews for THE OCEANS BETWEEN STARS!

The reviews have been landing for THE OCEANS BETWEEN STARS and they're awesome! Here are some highlights, with links to the full reviews where available:

"Rife with tension and unexpected twists, this conceptually-expansive science-fiction novel relies strongly on the human element to grab—and hold—readers' sympathies. -The Horn Book 

"With the same enthralling, cinematic pacing he used in LAST DAY ON MARS (2017), Emerson unspools nail biting suspense in this sequel, all while employing a solid grasp of real science and paying homage to classic sci-fi stories. Through all the engrossing sci-fi action, however, Emerson keeps the plot solidly grounded in the characters, who are real and complex. -Booklist FULL REVIEW

"Arcs of emotional tension braid through outer-space flying and fighting scenes, various aliens, jolts of puzzle-mystery time travel, and science/philosophy ("Now and then are constraints of three-dimensional beings.") Thrills, violence, time/space questions, and some contemplation about colonization make for action on the thoughtful side." -Kirkus FULL REVIEW

"Well written and exciting..." -School Library Journal



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Coming Feb 13: THE OCEANS BETWEEN STARS

The sequel to LAST DAY ON MARS in on the way, and here's the cover! Check out the description:

It is Earth year 2223, but the Earth, along with the entire solar system, is gone.Liam and Phoebe, having barely escaped our exploding sun with their lives, are in stasis for the decade-long journey to the rogue planet Delphi, where they hope to meet up with the rest of the human refugees, find help for their injured parents, and pass along the devastating things they discovered on Mars: that the destruction of our world was no accident, and that someone might still be after them, trying to finish the job. 

Phoebe, however, is carrying her own dark secret. One that finds her waking up secretly at various points in their journey, changing their path through space. One that will decide the fate of the human race and many others besides. One that, very soon, she must reveal to Liam, whether he's ready for the truth or not. 

Kevin Emerson's science fiction epic continues with a bold and terrifying quest into the outer reaches of time and space—one the will change our two heroes, and their friendship, forever.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

More (Inter)Stellar reviews for MARS

Following up on starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, LAST DAY ON MARS has collected a few more great reviews. Check these out!

"Avid and reluctant readers will flock to this ambitious new saga, which will have them turning pages at breakneck speed and gasping with awe." -Spring 2017 IndieNext List

"Now more than ever, we need stories like these, blinking like beacons, showing us the path ahead."

-The Seattle Review of Books

"The first installment of the Chronicle of the Dark Star trilogy is ambitious, exciting, and just a shade terrifying." -Publisher's Weekly


"This fast-paced adventure story is recommended wherever science fiction is in high demand." -School Library Journal


"The book offers space travel, space chases... aliens, and espionage in an exciting start." - The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books


Monday, February 13, 2017

LAST DAY ON MARS is here!

"Fast, exciting, and terrifying..." Kirkus *Starred* Review

"With high-stakes tension, propulsive action, multidimensional characters, and vivid scenes, this well-wrought and thrilling series starter is perfect for middle-graders who prefer their sci-fi to be grounded in the realm of the possible." -Booklist *Starred* Review

"This is perfect science fiction." -Tui Sutherland, NYT Bestselling Author of the Wings of Fire series

THE STORY: It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we have prepared for a second trip: a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home.
Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity’s survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the very last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed.
Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will make a series of profound discoveries about the nature of time and space and find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a dangerous struggle for survival.
This is the first book in an ambitious space epic—a powerful, emotional, pulse-pounding story of the final days of humanity’s first home in the universe, and our desperate search for another.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: LAST DAY ON MARS

Here it is! After working on this novel for the last four years, I'm thrilled to share the cover to LAST DAY ON MARS, coming 2/17 from Walden Pond Press and HarperCollins. This is the first novel in a trilogy: The Chronicle of the Dark Star. Check out the description below, and mark your calendars for next winter!

It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova far sooner than anyone expected. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we prepare for a second trip: a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home.
Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity’s survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the very last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed.
Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will make a series of profound discoveries about the nature of time and space, and find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a desperate struggle for survival.
Author Kevin Emerson has written the first book in an ambitious space epic—a powerful, emotional, pulse-pounding story of the final days of humanity’s first home in the universe, and our desperate search for another.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Coming in 2016: FINDING ABBEY ROAD

Here's a first look at the cover for the EXILE series finale: FINDING ABBEY ROAD, due out in August!