Friday, April 19, 2019

Lists for Last Day on Mars!

Even though it first hit the shelves two years ago now, LAST DAY ON MARS continues to appear on different state and literary lists. I'm so thrilled and humbled by this recognition:

  • American Library Association LITA Excellence in Children's and YA Science Fiction Notable List 2018 
  • Texas TXLA Lone Star Reading List 2018
  • Vermont DOL Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Nominee 2018-19 (This website also has a discussion guide for all the books, including great questions, links, and study ideas for LDOM)
  • New Hampshire YALS Isinglass Teen Read Award Nominee 2018-2019
  • South Carolina SCASL Junior Book Award Nominee 2019-2020
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association Just One More Page Recommendation List 2018
  • Cybils Award Finalist 2017
  • Japan International Schools Sakura Medal Nominee 2018

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Back from the (un)Dead: The Oliver & Emalie Song

Way back in 2008, I wrote a song about my first book, Oliver Nocturne: The Vampire's Photograph. It used to be on my old website but when I changed sites I lost the file. Over the years, fans have asked me whatever happened to that song, and just recently someone found it on Youtube. Here it is! Crazy to hear this a decade later. Also can you tell I was listening to A LOT of Elliott Smith at the time?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Coming February 12th: THE SHORES BEYOND TIME

The final book in the Chronicle of the Dark Star trilogy is here!


It is Earth year 2256—but the fate of the few who even remember Earth is perilously in doubt. Mina Saunders-Chang and many of the surviving humans are stranded in the Centauri system, having barely survived their confrontation with the Telphon refugees. Now everyone—human and Telphon alike—is caught in the blast zone of the Centauri supernova. And yet there's only one question Mina is asking:

Where are Liam and Phoebe?

Having barely made it through the battle at the Centauri system with their lives, Liam and Phoebe awake on a mysterious ship in the middle of a dead universe. The ship bears the markings of a human starliner that disappeared decades ago—but even more disturbing than that is the massive alien machine floating in the starless space before them.

A machine long abandoned but now showing signs of life. A machine that has begun speaking to Liam in a voice that only he can hear....

The thrilling conclusion to the Chronicle of the Dark Star is a stunningly imagined journey deep into the heart of the origins of our universe, as humanity wages a desperate fight to save its future, once and for all.

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW:

AMAZON
BARNES & NOBLE
INDIEBOUND


Monday, January 7, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR BOOK GIVEAWAY!

My Books -> Your Classroom or Library!


Hey, it's giveaway time again! Every time I publish a book, I get a box of author copies and inevitably, most of them end up in my office closet. One of my New Year's resolutions is to downsize, and I think these books would be much happier in classrooms and libraries!


OKAY READY? TEACHERS! LIBRARIANS! STUDENTS! PARENTS OF STUDENTS! Want some free books? YES YOU DO. All you have to do is comment on this page, or on the posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and I will send you your choice of up to 2 books (only one hardcover per person, alas, as I need them to fit into the padded mailers I have.)


Just leave a comment letting me know which books you want and for what school (and why those books, if you're so inclined) and also either WHERE TO SEND THEM or an email address where we can follow up. AND THEN I WILL SEND YOU THE BOOKS (I may need to send you second choices if I run out of stuff; we'll talk!)


Here are the available books:


Happy new year!
Kevin

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.