by Michael Buckley
Pub. Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.
Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders.
If you had a time machine, where would you go (past or future) and who would you like to visit?
I think I'd like to see how my son's life unfolds. Not to sound depressing but my wife and I didn't have him until we were 38 and though I feel fairly confident I'll be around to see the big moments, I know that there will be lots of things I will miss. I'd like to see him become a father, and a grandfather, and peek in to see if he finds someone lovely to share a couple of rocking chairs on a porch. I'd like to visit him and let him know I was always proud of him.
What’s next on you TBR Pile?
My TBR pile is frighteningly high but I'm torn between The History of Rock 'N' Roll In Ten Songs by Greil Marcus or Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard. Right now I'm working on Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. It's the fourth book in the Raven Boys series and I love it.
Where is your favorite spot to read?
I find that the best place to read is in a hammock and it doesn't matter where that hammock is located. My wife and I recently bought a house with some friends and we were planning the perfect hammock location just the other day.
If you were on Death Row what would your last meal be?
I think I'd ask Angie Mar to come and surprise me. She's the executive chef at The Beatrice Inn in New York and recently cooked for my wife and I. It was the most decadent and amazing meal—rabbit pot pie, a 45-day aged burger, milk braised pork shoulder—and not a vegetable in sight! Oh, and there would have to be a milk shake.
Favorite vacation spot?
I've been lucky to have seen a few places that I love—Prague, Paris, London, Beijing, Shanghai, even Honduras—but spending a week in Fair Harbor on Fire Island in New York is my favorite. There are no cars, just bikes, and all the fishing shacks are divided by boardwalks. There's one restaurant, one store, one ice cream shop and almost no wifi, but it's heaven.
Can we get a hint on what you are working on? What are your future plans?
Right now I'm focused on Undertow and its sequels. The second book is called Raging Sea and it's very different than the first, and I'm plotting out the third. After that, I've got about ten ideas I'd like to work on—I just have to listen for whichever is the loudest one in my head. I might be teaming up with Adele Griffin and Julia Devillers on a YA series, and I'm kicking around a middle-grade stand-alone. I never have a shortage of ideas—just a shortage of time to actually do them.
New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley was born in Akron, Ohio. He tried his hand as a stand-up comic and lead singer for a punk rock back before attending Ohio University. After graduating with honors he moved to New York City to be an intern on the Late Show with David Letterman which led to stints developing programming for Discovery Networks, MTV, MTV Animation and Klasky Csupo (producers of Nickelodeon’s Rugrats). Today he lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Alison, and their son Finn.