Strange Exit (Paperback)
Strange Exit is Parker Peevyhouse's next suspenseful, near-future, stand-alone thriller, perfect for fans of Kass Morgan's The 100 and Patrick Ness's More Than This.
Seventeen-year-old Lake spends her days searching a strange, post-apocalyptic landscape for people who have forgotten one very important thing: this isn’t reality. Everyone she meets is a passenger aboard a ship that’s been orbiting Earth since a nuclear event. The simulation that was supposed to prepare them all for life after the apocalypse has trapped their minds in a shared virtual reality and their bodies in stasis chambers.
No one can get off the ship until all of the passengers are out of the sim, and no one can get out of the sim unless they believe it's a simulation. It's up to Lake to help them remember.
When Lake reveals the truth to a fellow passenger, seventeen-year-old Taren, he joins her mission to find everyone, persuade them that they’ve forgotten reality, and wake them up. But time’s running out before the simulation completely deconstructs, and soon Taren’s deciding who’s worth saving and who must be sacrificed for the greater good. Now, Lake has no choice but to pit herself against Taren in a race to find the secret heart of the sim, where something waits that will either save them or destroy them all.
About the Author
Parker Peevyhouse is likely trying to solve a puzzle at this very moment, probably while enjoying In-N-Out fries, admiring redwood trees, and quoting movies about sentient robots. Parker's critically acclaimed collection of novellas for young adults, Where Futures End, was named a best book for teens by the New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, and Bank Street. The Horn Book called it “a smart science-fiction puzzle.” Parker lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works at Hicklebee’s Children’s Bookstore.
"This post-apocalyptic novel will have wide appeal amongst gamers and fans of this genre....Caught in a tangle of strangely surreal settings, readers will find themselves questioning what is real and what is a simulation." —School Library Connection
“The tension increases with each layer of reality Lake peels away. Compulsively readable.” —Booklist, starred review
"Strange Exit is an exciting entrée into science-fiction, a beautifully-written story sure to please the Trekkie, the X-Phile, or the most ardent of realists. Peevyhouse has invented a new genre: the VR space-romp. And I am very much here for it." —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
"The latest wildly imaginative novel from Parker Peevyhouse showcases her ability to create multiple alternate realities that ring true." —April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl I Used to Be
“Strange Exit is the type of science fiction that I love—a wild ride of a book that forces you to question your own reality. For a second, I thought I was back in The Matrix. Whenever I need a new read that pushes the boundaries of sci-fi storytelling, I head to the Parker Peevyhouse shelf at the book store.” —Maura Milan, author of Ignite the Stars
“A haunting, atmospheric tale of family, bravery, and the realities we construct for ourselves, Strange Exit will stay with you long after you're finished reading.” —Emily Suvada, author of This Mortal Coil
“An intense and compelling portrait of a world in crisis, this book held me in thrall from the first page. Strange Exit is a hypnotic, genre-bending puzzle of a book, one I could not shake for days after reading. I never know where a Parker Peevyhouse book will take me, but I am forever compelled to follow.” —Emily Henry, author of The Love the Split the World
Praise for Parker Peevyhouse:
“A one-of-a-kind talent.” —Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader
“Peevyhouse is a master storyteller.” —Brittany Cavallaro, New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Charlotte
“Peevyhouse is a puzzle master.” —Aaron Starmer, author of The Riverman