Praise for The Light at the Bottom of the World, followed by News:
“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 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 is vividly described and emotionally rich. The strong premise and underlying sense of excitement make this a fast-paced, wholly enjoyable adventure.”
“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.”
“A thrilling journey packed with unexpected discoveries”
“Waterworld meets The Hunger Games. The world-building is stunning. The story combines well-written characters with a plot full of twists and turns. Shah tackles a whole host of timely topics while delivering an engaging dystopian world.”
—YALSA, THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
“This is a fine post-apocalyptic novel. There could easily be more stories in this undersea dystopian world.”
“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
“A genre blending stunner of a novel”
“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.”
“Delivers with waves of suspense and action. The ocean is one of the most alluring "characters" of the book. Shah captures not only its unknown vastness but also its hope and promise. This fascinating page-turner is an action-packed adventure and a tender teen romance. A perfect novel for fans of high-octane dystopias and romantic suspense.”
“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.”
“Cinematic and incredibly vivid. If you’re craving an original dystopian universe, then you don’t want to miss this terrific debut.”
—THE NERD DAILY
“London Shah creates a timeless world all of her own, with insurmountable beauty, realism, and deep emotion. Wild and unforgiving like the sea, The Light at the Bottom of the World is one of the year’s most exciting reads.”
—THE INDEPENDENT VOICE NEWSPAPER, CA
“A remarkably assured vision of a world. The story Shah tells is so full of wisdom and adventure. The best YA novel of the year.”
—OPEN LETTERS REVIEW
“A fascinating YA dystopian novel. This great book makes excellent use of its intriguing concept. The depictions of life beneath the waves are very inventive, and this distinctive setting helps create a fantastic read.”
“Shah’s world is unique and a welcome reprieve, and Leyla’s journey keeps the reader on edge. The Light at the Bottom of the World proves to be a great addition to the dystopian, post-apocalyptic genre.”
“Truly remarkable. Shah creates a world purely because she loves it. It's so beautiful even in its destruction. Everything about this book is literally perfection and I haven't seen anything quite like it before.”
“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
“An immersive, hope-filled wonder of a book. This is London as you've never seen it before, and all the better for it.”
—TURNAROUND UK, 2019 STAFF PICK
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The Light at the Bottom of the World is a Junior Library Guild selection
A YALSA "Best Fiction for Young Adults 2020" Nominee
The 2019 Bookish Reader's Choice Award Winner for Favourite YA Setting
The 2019 Bookish Reader's Choice Award Winner for Favourite YA Cover
Open Letters Review's "Best YA Novel of the Year"
A Paste Magazine "19 Best Young Adult Novels of 2019"
A Children's Book Council Showcase selection
A Book Riot "10 of the Best Genre Blending Young Adult Novels of 2019"
A Barnes & Noble "Fall's Fiercest Feminist Fiction"
A Canberra Weekly "5 Great Summer Reads"
A Syfy Wire "Eight YA SFF Novels to Transport You"
A Silver Petticoat Review's "25 Best YA Novels of 2019"
A Bookish First “8 Perfect Books For Every Reader On Your Holiday List: The Teen Who’s Going To Change The World”