Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781442441859, 281pp.
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she's lost--family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian--a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life--comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it's not just her own redemption at stake... but the salvation of all mankind.
"Readers will root for Felicia and Neil....The way Appelhans mixes memory with plot is exceptional."
“This imaginative debut brings conflict to the afterlife....An absorbing, sensitive read.”
“Appelhans’ storytelling is well paced, tantalizing the
reader with hints, and the compelling theme of the necessity of facing the
wrongs of the past in order to move forward into the future will appeal to
“Appelhans brings the afterlife to a whole new level. . . . A
high-voltage thrill ride through love, death, and memory that will leave
-Jess Rothenberg, author of The Catastrophic History of You and Me
“Absolutely gripping. My heart pounded on nearly every page. You won't
be able to put it down.”
-Mary E. Pearson, award-winning author of the
Jenna Fox Chronicles
“A gripping debut! This utterly unique take on the afterlife poses
fascinating questions . . . I can't wait to read the rest of the series
to find out the answers!”
-Megan McCafferty, New York Times bestselling author of Bumped and Thumped