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Now That You're Here

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Now That You're Here

Danny Ogden was doing a routine semi-illegal act (just go with it) when the explosion happened. A swirl of darkness, blinding light, and then… he wakes up in a classroom as Danny Ogden. Sort of. What Danny doesn’t realize at first is that he has landed in a world parallel to the dystopian Arizona that he calls home. Now swapped with his other self, he’s lost in an unfamiliar yet strangely similar universe with more questions than answers.

This addictive debut combines physics and fantasy to create a tale that's impossible to put down. 

Math genius Eevee Solomon was the first person that Danny meets. Confused by “Danny’s” sudden change of behavior and strange claims, she makes it her goal to help him in whatever way she can. Their mission seems clear, even if it’s immensely difficult: get Danny back to his own world with the help of Eevee’s two most trusted friends. Things get even more desperate when suspicious vans start following them and Danny becomes convinced that he’s getting visions of his own universe.

One of the best parts about this novel is that it makes readers wonder about some of the big What Ifs. What if I had made a few different choices when I was younger? What if every little move I make has an impact on the future? It will make you both curious and a well-seasoned paranoiac.

Told in alternating perspectives, this addictive debut combines physics and fantasy to create a tale that's impossible to put down. Also note that there will be a sequel called WHILE Y OU WERE GONE that follows Eevee’s world, and what the other Danny experiences when he’s in our Danny’s place. It comes out summer 2015 and I can’t wait! 

Reviewed by Lexibex V., Teen Board Member on December 18, 2014

Now That You're Here
by Amy K. Nichols

  • Publication Date: December 9, 2014
  • Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385753896
  • ISBN-13: 9780385753890