Plus, receive recommendations and exclusive offers on all of your favorite books and authors from Simon & Schuster.
Cold Falling White
Table of Contents
About The Book
Two teens fight for their lives after an alien invasion in this heart-stopping follow-up to Zero Repeat Forever, which VOYA called “an edge-of-your-seat page-turner.”
Humans. Clones. Aliens. No one is safe anymore. It’s the end of the world.
Xander Liu survived the alien invasion—just barely. For more than a year, he has outsmarted, hidden from, and otherwise avoided the ruthless intruders, the Nahx, dodging the deadly darts that have claimed so many. When the murder of his friend leaves him in the protective company of August, a rebellious Nahx soldier, Xander is finally able to make his way back to human controlled territory and relative safety. But safety among the humans is not what it seems.
When Raven awakes on a wide expanse of snowy sand dunes, she has many questions. What has happened to her and the other reanimated humans gathered around her? What is the meaning of the Nahx ships that hover ominously above them? And most pressing of all, where is August, who promised to keep her safe?
In the shadow of an unforgiving Canadian winter, Xander and Raven find themselves on opposite sides of an alien war. Left with little choice about their roles in the looming battle, they search for answers and allies all while being drawn back to the place where their respective fates were determined, and to the one who determined them: August.
I am as weightless as a thought, as a shadow underwater. The only thing that gives me substance is the sense of filling up with… something. Something thick and powerful and inhuman, unearthly. I want to squirm away from it but there is nothing to squirm with. All I am is a selection of verbs: to fill, to grow, to change, to perfect. It’s as though I’m being rebuilt from scratch.
Days pass like this. Lifetimes. A lonely wisp of nothing floating in a sea of… what’s left of my mind searches for the word.
Obedience? Duty? I’m being entwined in something, as though my nerves are unraveling and tangling into some idea of… I can’t see it. I can’t hear it or smell it or taste it. It’s nothing, a void, like the space left behind when something is lost. I can feel its emptiness, feel it trying to consume me, to ensnare me. But there’s something else resisting it, something stubborn and intractable, something human.
Regret. And the idea that not every broken thing is unfixable.
In the darkness, I sense someone with me, and though this someone is no more substantial than I am, they feel heavy, like tears of grief or remorse. Tiny yet galactic.
“Hello?” I’m not sure how I say it. I don’t seem to have a mouth.
The answer comes back to me as an impression of force on matter—the particles of air vibrating from sound, the light flickering on August’s hands moving as he signed.
Oh… August. Get me out of here. I’m afraid. August?
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 17, 2020)
- Length: 576 pages
- ISBN13: 9781481481885
- Grades: 9 and up
- Ages: 14 - 99
Browse Related Books
Resources and Downloads
High Resolution Images
Book Cover Image (jpg): Cold Falling White
Trade Paperback 9781481481885
Author Photo (jpg): G. S. Prendergast
Photograph by Erika Forest(0.1 MB)
Any use of an author photo must include its respective photo credit
More books in this series: The Nahx Invasions
You may also like: Thriller and Mystery Staff Picks
More to Explore
Our Summer Reading Recommendations
Red-hot romances, poolside fiction, and blockbuster picks, oh my! Start reading the hottest books of the summer.
This Month's New Releases
From heart-pounding thrillers to poignant memoirs and everything in between, check out what's new this month.