Praise for The Light at the Bottom of the World:

 

A work of fathomless imagination

—SAMANTHA SHANNON, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE BONE SEASON AND THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE

 

 

“Expertly pairing catastrophe and courage, Shah tells the story of intensely personal problems in a truly perilous world. I love this book.”

—E. K. JOHNSTON, #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF STAR WARS: QUEEN'S SHADOW, STAR WARS: AHSOKA, AND MORE

“A heart-racing adventure that reveals compelling and necessary truths about several critical issues of our times, while delivering all the thrills and twists of an epic quest. A stand-out, must-read book that engulfed me in its enthralling world and characters. Leyla McQueen is queen of the (under)seas!”

—S. K. ALI, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE PROUDEST BLUE, SAINTS & MISFITS, LOVE FROM A TO Z

 

 

“A breathtaking, hope-filled underwater adventure that always leaves room for wonder. The story is pacy, the setting lush and original, but it’s Leyla and her positive, determined spirit that will really steal your heart.”

—LAURA WEYMOUTH, AUTHOR OF THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS, AND A TREASON OF THORNS

“Shah's debut is a fast-paced masterpiece from start to finish. Readers will fall in love with passionate, persistent Leyla as well as her secretive, swoon-worthy companion, Ari. Shah has skillfully shaped a gorgeous world unlike any those fans [of dystopian fiction] have seen before. But be forewarned: the book ends on a jaw-dropping cliff-hanger. Highly recommended.”

––SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“[A] thrilling post apocalyptic tale. Shah’s strong debut, first in a planned duology, is vividly described and emotionally rich. The strong premise and underlying sense of excitement make this a fast-paced, wholly enjoyable adventure.”

—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

 

Still waters run deep with this novel. Like the best speculative fiction, Leyla’s story both stands on its own as an exciting adventure and acts as a commentary on the current state of the real world. Shah is a remarkable worldbuilder. With her cast of intriguing characters, [she] deftly explores complex situations and ideas. This may be London Shah’s debut novel, but it sparkles with skill.

—TOR.COM

 

 

“Engrossing, compelling, and fantastically built. A book that raises interesting questions all while entertaining the reader completely. Incredible characters and beautiful world-building.”

YA BOOKS CENTRAL

 

 

Boasting a lushly-imagined dystopian world where mankind lives beneath the seas, London Shah’s novel delivers a thrilling narrative to get lost in. We’ve never read anything quite like it, and we can’t wait for people to fall for this debut as hard as we have.

––PASTE MAGAZINE

“Debut novelist Shah vividly describes a world below the ocean's surface. [A] thrilling journey packed with unexpected discoveries.”

—KIRKUS REVIEWS

“This is a fine post apocalyptic novel. There could easily be more stories in this undersea dystopian world.”

—BOOKLIST

 

 

The Light at the Bottom of the World is science-fiction at its best—a strikingly crafted world, a tenacious heroine in Leyla McQueen, and an intensely engrossing story that culminates in an ending that will leave you speechless.”

—POP CULTURALIST

“Cinematic and incredibly vivid. If you’re craving for an original dystopian universe, then you don’t want to miss this terrific debut.”

—THE NERD DAILY

 

 

“[A] wonderfully refreshing epic adventure, with dynamite worldbuilding and a crafty heroine. Leyla's determination and talent will keep you hooked in her story, and you will be begging for Shah's next book before you've even finished this one.”

—RACHEL STROLLE: TEEN LIBRARIAN, GLENSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

 

 

“Exciting, imaginative, and poignant, Shah's debut captivates and engages readers, pushing them to question our society, our priorities, and what it means to be human. Sparkling prose and masterful sensory description further ensure a simply mesmerizing read.”

—THE LIBRARIAN BOX

 

 

The Light at the Bottom of the World is a Junior Library Guild selection.

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