Bent Heavens (Hardcover)
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9781250151674, 304pp.
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
“Kraus gets under your skin with brutal, elegant efficiency. Necessarily horrifying, devastatingly timely.”—Kiersten White, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and Slayer
From New York Times-bestselling author Daniel Kraus comes a breakneck, genre-defying YA thriller perfect for fans of Kiersten White, Neal Shusterman, and M. T. Anderson.
Liv Fleming’s father went missing more than two years ago, not long after he claimed to have been abducted by aliens. Liv has long accepted that he’s dead, though that doesn’t mean she has given up their traditions. Every Sunday, she and her lifelong friend Doug Monk trudge through the woods to check the traps Lee left behind, traps he set to catch the aliens he so desperately believed were after him.
But Liv is done with childhood fantasies. Done pretending she believes her father’s absurd theories. Done going through the motions for Doug’s sake. However, on the very day she chooses to destroy the traps, she discovers in one of them a creature so inhuman it can only be one thing. In that moment, she’s faced with a painful realization: her dad was telling the truth. And no one believed him.
Now, she and Doug have a choice to make. They can turn the alien over to the authorities…or they can take matters into their own hands.
On the heels of the worldwide success of The Shape of Water, Daniel Kraus returns with a horrifying and heartbreaking thriller about the lengths people go to find justice and the painful reality of grief.
“Bent Heavens is the darkest, angriest alien horror story that I've ever encountered. Hell. Yes.”—Stephanie Perkins, New York Times-bestselling author of There's Someone Inside Your House
About the Author
Daniel Kraus is the author of numerous novels, including Rotters, the Death and Life of Zebulon Finch duology, and Bent Heavens. With Guillermo del Toro, he wrote the New York Times bestselling The Shape of Water (the companion novel to the Academy Award-winning film) and Trollhunters (the inspiration for the Netflix series).
His novels have been Odyssey Award winners, Library Guild selections, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks, Parent’s Choice Gold Award winners, Bram Stoker finalists, and more. He lives with his wife in Chicago.
Praise For Bent Heavens…
“Kraus gets under your skin with brutal, elegant efficiency. Necessarily horrifying, devastatingly timely.” – Kiersten White, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and Slayer
“Bent Heavens is the darkest, angriest alien horror story that I've ever encountered. Hell. Yes.” – Stephanie Perkins, New York Times-bestselling author of There's Someone Inside Your House
"With a gripping, twisty story line and assured writing, this book will be a powerful and confrontational read for mature teens." – Booklist, Starred Review
"Beautiful prose does little to mask the anger of this powerful narrative. Readers will have a hard time putting this down." – School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Kraus's blend of sci-fi and heart-stopping horror...offers a viscerally terrifying examination of grief, othering, and the price of vengeance." – Publisher's Weekly