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I Hope You Get This Message

by Farah Naz Rishi

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In this high concept YA novel debut that's We All Looked Up meets The Sun Is Also a Star, three teens must face down the mistakes of their past after they learn that life on Earth might end in less than a week.

News stations across the country are reporting mysterious messages that Earth has been receiving from a planet—Alma—claiming to be its creator. If they're being interpreted correctly, in seven days Alma will hit the kill switch on their "colony" Earth.

True or not, for teenagers Jesse Hewitt, Cate Collins, and Adeem Khan, the prospect of this ticking time bomb will change their lives forever.

Jesse, who has been dealt one bad blow after another, wonders if it even matters what happens to the world. Cate, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she never met. And Adeem, who hasn't spoken to his estranged sister in years, must find out if he has it in him to forgive her for leaving.

With only a week to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem's paths collide as their worlds are pulled apart.

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"Tautly plotted, with realistic characters and situations, this debut will please enthusiasts of both science fiction and realistic fiction." - Kirkus Reviews

"Rishi's debut consistently tugs heartstrings, and the multiple perspectives allow an intimate look into each character—their brand of pain may vary, but it hurts just the same." - ALA Booklist

A stunning and bold debut, the kind of sweeping story that is devoured in a single sitting. Part Arrival, part They Both Die at the End, this is an emotional tale of three kids who face their own demise with hope, courage, and a whole lot of bad decisions." - Mark Oshiro, Schneider Award-winning author of Anger Is a Gift

"Heart-wrenching, absorbingly clever, and beautifully written. Rishi deftly balances a tale of global consequences with riveting, intimate, and deeply personal stories. I Hope You Get This Message is one of the best and freshest YA stories I've seen in a long time." - R.F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War

"Thought-provoking and full of heart, I Hope You Get This Message reminds us how fragile and fleeting time can be. One of the best debut novels I've read in a long time!" - Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of Starfish, a William C. Morris Award Finalist

"The end of the world has never been this mesmerizing. I couldn't look away from Farah Naz Rishi's stunning debut that shows humanity in all its many shades of truth." - Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End

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Farah Naz Rishi

Farah Naz Rishi is a Pakistani-American Muslim writer and voice actor, but in another life, she's worked stints as a lawyer, a video game journalist, and an editorial assistant. She received her B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College, her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, and her love of weaving stories from the Odyssey Writing Workshop. When she's not writing, she's probably hanging out with video game characters. You can find her at home in Philadelphia, or on Twitter at @far_ah_way.

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