Light Years from Home
by Mike Chen
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Pub Date 25 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 25 Feb 2022
A Best Of pick and Most Anticipated Sci Fi and Fantasy novel, as selected by Goodreads • Buzzfeed • BookRiot • The Portalist • IO9 • BookBub • SheReads • BiblioLifestyle • Den of Geek • GeekDad
“A rich backstory… a highly satisfying ending… All the stars for Chen's warmhearted space-travel story.” –Kirkus, starred review
Every family has issues. Most can’t blame them on extraterrestrials.
Evie Shao and her sister, Kass, aren’t on speaking terms. Fifteen years ago on a family camping trip, their father and brother vanished. Their dad turned up days later, dehydrated and confused—and convinced he'd been abducted by aliens. Their brother, Jakob, remained missing. The women dealt with it very differently. Kass, suspecting her college-dropout twin simply ran off, became the rock of the family. Evie traded academics to pursue alien conspiracy theories, always looking for Jakob.
When Evie's UFO network uncovers a new event, she goes to investigate. And discovers Jakob is back. He's different—older, stranger, and talking of an intergalactic war—but the tensions between the siblings haven't changed at all. If the family is going to come together to help Jakob, then Kass and Evie are going to have to fix their issues, and fast. Because the FBI is after Jakob, and if their brother is telling the truth, possibly an entire space armada, too.
The perfect combination of action, imagination and heart, Light Years from Home is a touching drama about a challenge as difficult as saving the galaxy: making peace with your family…and yourself.
"With heart and insight...Chen crosses the stakes and imagination of a space opera with the emotional depth and intricacy of a family drama." —Erika Swyler, bestselling author of Light from Other Stars
“A beautifully realized deep dive on the meaning of family told within an alien abduction framework… The Shao family feels real and lived in, so I can only assume Mike Chen has insider knowledge on intergalactic warfare as well.”
–Sarah Pinsker, Nebula Award-winning author of A Song for a New Day and We Are Satellites
“Light Years From Home crosses the stakes and imagination of a space opera with the emotional depth and intricacy of a family drama. With a gamer’s heart and insight worthy of a psychologist, Chen writes a family in which sibling relationships are more complex than galactic warfare. It’s impossible not to see yourself in the Shaos, and it’s impossible not to love them. Reading Mike Chen is an absolute joy.”
–Erika Swyler, bestselling author of Light from Other Stars
"Achingly real sibling dynamics and tense action combine in a moving portrait of the human cost of a cosmic adventure. With heart and humor, Light Years from Home explores how grief and trauma scatter a family across time and space, and what happens to the ones left behind."
—Catriona Silvey, author of Meet Me in Another Life
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