Karou’s art school classmates don’t know much about her, other than she is an orphan, has vivid blue hair that never fades, and fills her sketchbooks with drawings of fantastical beasts called Chimera. What her classmates don’t realize is that these characters aren’t from Karou’s imagination, but are actually her adopted family. Karou grew up in her adopted father, Brisbane’s, otherworldly trade shop.
Tarver Merendsen is a young decorated war hero from a normal - but not rich - family. Lilac LaRoux is the daughter of the richest and most powerful man in the universe. They meet by chance on board the mega-spaceship Icarus, but Lilac quickly puts a stop to any intentions, as her father is known for making interested men disappear. One afternoon, the Icarus is suddenly yanked out of hyperspace, forcing Lilac and Tarver to eject in an escape pod. They land on a terraformed but seemingly uninhabited planet.
Raised by a band of con-artists and outsiders, Tooly Zylberberg has always led an unconventional life. Taking solace in her isolated existence, she is currently running a failing bookstore in a small village in Wales when an old boyfriend from New York sends her an urgent message about a man from her past he mistakenly believes is her father. Against her better judgment, Tooly flies to New York City and finds that the message was about Humphrey - a self-proclaimed grumpy intellectual from Russia who helped raise her.
The outside is toxic and deadly; for generations, humankind has been confined to a massive underground silo. Everyone must serve a purpose and is tightly regulated to make sure nothing goes to waste. Step outside of the law, and you are sentenced to death by “cleaning”— sent outside with a suit designed to keep you alive only long enough to clean the exterior landscape cameras. Why all those sentenced actually go through with the cleaning is a mystery to those in the Silo…. Juliette, a young woman from the mechanical division, is handpicked t
In 2005, having something of a quarter-life crisis after working as a staffer on a failed presidential campaign, former Ivy leaguer Will Baker leaves New York City and his long term girlfriend for a year-long English graduate program at Oxford University. Will quickly falls into an eclectic group of friends, and in love with smart and elegant British student Sophie. As his year at Oxford progresses, Will increasingly questions his identity and his future. Charles Finch’s vivid, lyrical, coming of age novel perfectly captures the bittersweet magic of studying abroad.