Above by Leah Bobet

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An extraordinary debut urban fantasy about dangers outside and in.

"Above pulls off that rare trick of being convincing and utterly magical at the same time."
- Emma Donoghue, NYT bestselling author of ROOM

"Leah Bobet's ABOVE is that rarest of creatures, combining the outspoken honesty of a good first novel with the craft of a seasoned professional." - Elizabeth Bear, Hugo Award-winning author of DUST

Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee's wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above--like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe's history and the shadows' attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home--not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.

ABOVE is the debut of an amazing new voice.

About Leah Bobet

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Leah Bobet’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling Award. She received a 2008 emerging writers’ development grant from the Toronto Arts Council. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Published April 1, 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 373 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult. Fiction

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Safe is both adjective and noun in Matthew’s world, both the feeling and the subterranean haven built by claw-handed Atticus.

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Teen Reads

In Safe, people like Matthew --- who can Pass as "normal" and so is sent Above on supply runs but, in fact, has a composite of his parents' mutations --- are embraced and welcomed, valued on their own terms and often for the very things that would mark them as Freaks Above.

May 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Above

Black Gate

If I’ve seemed to often reflect on the reliability of Matthew as a narrator, it’s in part because the stories he tells become more uncertain, more provisional, as the book goes along — we’re shown how untrustworthy stories are, how they have to be re-examined and revised when needed if we want to...

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