My friend Heidi’s mom took this photo of my book, for sale at Costco.
(Sort of wish it had a plain Kirkland Signature cover though!)
Guys, this book is so good! I’m about a third of the way through and I’m already recommending it to people. It’s the first dystopian novel that’s truly sucked me in because I can see it really happening. The world building is fantastic. But I digress…
This is a photo of Edan’s book in Costco. Costco, guys. Do you know what that means? Costco carries a limited number of titles and California is one of them. Having a book carried at Costco is like having your song on the Billboard Top 40. (Okay, not exactly, but hear me out.) No longer is this a book for the in-the-know reader (or music connoisseur, to extend the simile). At Costco, every book is front facing. And those bright red flats have limited space for those front facing books. Limited space to say “Hey, listen to this One Direction earworm* until you forget that there are millions of listening options available to you in the world. One Direction is one of forty artists that we as a society have decided to play in every restaurant, at every club, on every radio station (sometimes at the same time), and in every commercial. You can’t ignore One Direction if you tried. We won’t let you.”
Which is to say, congratulations on becoming the book equivalent of an earworm, Edan Lepucki. It is very well deserved. California is terrifying in its “that-could-be-us”ness. The world building you showcase in your writing is wonderfully intricate. And I am so glad that such a well written novel is receiving so much attention. I’m on Chapter 10 and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
*No offense meant to the members of One Direction, who totally read my blog.**
**One Direction does not read my blog.