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A science fiction superfan is heading back to space on a new mission to save Earth in this hilarious follow-up to the “exhilarating” (Booklist, starred review) Randoms.

It’s difficult to return to Earth and live a simple, unadventurous life after having seen the wonders of the universe—especially when you find yourself with Smelly, a self-important artificial intelligence living in your head, reminding you how much of a primitive meat bag you are. But with Smelly’s help, Zeke is on his way back to space on a new, super-secret mission. Zeke may earn Earth a second chance at intergalactic membership—and better yet, he’ll be reunited with Tamret, the alien girl of his dreams.

However, things never go as planned for Zeke. Conspiracy abounds as he’s once again blamed for destroying a spaceship, and sent deep into the dangerous Forbidden Zone to find the military tech tree that the enemy Phands are already using. Will his knowledge of pop culture and science fiction that saved him in Randoms help again?

About The Author

Photograph by Chantel Nasits

David Liss is a proud science fiction geek. When not acting like a total fanboy, he’s generally working on his books, stories, and comics. Liss has written eight bestselling novels for adults, most recently The Day of Atonement, and is the author of numerous comics, including Mystery MenSherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives, and Angelica Tomorrow. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 20, 2016)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481417846
  • Grades: 5 and up
  • Ages: 10 - 99
  • Lexile ® 820L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"The geekery is strong (with some characters giving Zeke a run for his money), as are the action and wit. While readers will likely guess the biggest twist before Zeke does, there are plenty of other surprises as the stakes ramp up to a cliffhanger. Grade-A geeky fun."

– Kirkus Reviews

"Liss’ world building gains complexity, allowing a deeper, darker story to emerge. Issues of family and trust are seriously addressed; and revelations toward the novel’s end make sense even while they surprise, paving the way for the next installment."

– Booklist

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