Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint of Angry Robot Books, has signed M. G. Buehrlen, in a two-book World English Rights deal concluded by Strange Chemistry’s editor Amanda Rutter and Holly Root of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.
The first of these two books – The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare – will be published in March 2014, with a second to follow early in 2015.
About The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare
For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.
But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.
It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.
Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.
And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.
Of the novel, Strange Chemistry Editor Amanda Rutter said:
I read The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare feverishly, desperate to get to the end and find out all the secrets of this fantastic book. It combines clever and sharp SF, with lush historical flashbacks, and is altogether brilliantly entertaining. M. G. is a wonderfully gifted novelist, with a tremendous debut entry into the world of YA.”