New York Times bestseller David Arnold's most ambitious novel to date; Station Eleven meets The 5th Wave in a genre-smashing story of survival, hope, and love amid a ravaged earth.
When a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, it leaves a...Read More
When a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, it leaves a shell of the world that once was. Among the survivors are eighteen-year-old Nico and her dog, on a voyage devised by Nico's father to find a mythical portal; a young artist named Kit, raised in an old abandoned cinema; and the enigmatic Deliverer, who lives Life after Life in an attempt to put the world back together. As swarms of infected Flies roam the earth, these few survivors navigate the woods of post-apocalyptic New England, meeting others along the way, each on their own quest to find life and love in a world gone dark. The Electric Kingdom is a sweeping exploration of art, storytelling, eternal life, and above all, a testament to the notion that even in an exterminated world, one person might find beauty in another.
David Arnold is the New York Times bestselling author of The Electric Kingdom, Mosquitoland, Kids of Appetite, and The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, which has been optioned for film by Paramount. He has won the Southern Book Prize and the Great Lakes Book Award, and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for his debut. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife and son.
"This is a story about storytellers, and David Arnold is among the best. The Electric Kingdom is an epic postapocalyptic tale where humanity is louder than a swarm of Flies, and hope radiates in the bleakest of places. Fearless writing and a remarkable cast of characters will send readers on an unforgettable journey." - ADAM SILVERA, New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End
"An intricate piece of high-concept sci-fi . . . carried by crystalline prose, which echoes like poetry, towards a genuinely astonishing and moving conclusion. Accessible, sophisticated, and immensely satisfying." - Booklist
"An absorbing read with well-realized characters and beautiful writing, this novel will appeal to readers of science fantasy such as N.K. Jemisin's 'Broken Earth' trilogy." - SLJ
"Particularly poignant... Arnold brings all the classic elements of a dystopia here... and twists them up with mind-bending dramatics of time travel, making room for harrowing action scenes and deep existential ponderings. Given current circumstances, this makes for a timely and chilling read." - BCCB
"Well executed and resonant... this is not a simple post-apocalyptic novel but instead a quiet, philosophical exploration of humanity with a touch of science fiction around the edges. Defying strict genre categories, Arnold leaves readers wondering and unbalanced until the final page." - Kirkus Reviews
"With a haunting, deliberately paced tale of postapocalyptic survival, Arnold creates a devastated world held together by myth and memory." - Publishers Weekly
"Arnold wisely balances the novel's complex narrative with contemplative, lyrical prose. The writing here is so accessible and inviting that it's easy to get wrapped in the world he gives us - even when there's time travel, secret portals and mysterious identities." - The Nashville Scene
"A mind-blowing blend of post-apocalyptic fantasy, science fiction and time travel... The kind of novel worth re-reading." - BookPage
"With characters and prose that you can't get enough of, this story is a captivating yet poignant reminder that hope and beauty can be found even in the midst of ruin... Defying genre, The Electric Kingdom is at once elegantly eerie and tragically comforting." - The Southern Bookseller Review