Below the Moon

Below the Moon : The 8th Island Trilogy, Book 2, A Novel

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* Stories about ill and dying teenagers and young adults are overwhelmingly popular right now (think The Fault in Our Stars, Everything, Everything, Me Before You, Five Feet Apart, All the Bright Places); many have been made into major motion pictures within the last few years.

* The first book in the series Above the StarBelow the Moon appeals to both YA and adult audiences. This book will be purchased by readers 12-18 years old, but also by adults, who make up 70% of all YA books purchased.

* The first in the series was described as "A Wrinkle in Time meets The Princess Bride" by the publisher of The Perpetual You magazine and "a young adult fantasy with teeth" by the US Review of Books.

* Readers today are hungry for books with strong female characters, including The Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent trilogy. These have inspired archery lessons, makeup campaigns, and fashion spreads, not to mention inspired activism such as "We are the Districts" campaign and the "Girls on Fire Leadership Camp" in Kenya, inspired by singer Alicia Keys.


* Young adults

* Adults who enjoy young adult fiction

* Teens searching for their meaning in the world, trying to make sense of their lives

* People who love portal fiction (stories that transport them out of their ordinary lives and into something extraordinary)

* Young adult readers who enjoy other worlds, epic quests, and coming-of-age stories

* Adult women who read for pleasure and an escape from work and home life

* Adult men who read for entertainment and grew up enjoying the fantasy genre

* Dreamers; those that love travel, creativity, new experiences, and games

* Readers who enjoy stories of people with dynamic, complicated relationships who are thrust into situations where they must overcome obstacles and come together

* Readers who are struggling in some way and need to be inspired toward personal bravery and self-growth
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 33.02mm | 544.31g
  • Tempe, United States
  • English
  • 1684630045
  • 9781684630042

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2019/2020 Reader Views Literary Awards 1st Place Winner in Young Adult 2019/2020 Reader Views Literary Awards 2nd Place Winner in Adult Fiction: Fantasy 2019 Living Now Book Awards Bronze Medal in Adventure Fiction "Below the Moon is as fast and bizarre as its prequel, with enough new elements to keep the imagination soaring . . . an action-packed fantasy sure to excite and engage anyone willing to embrace its magic." --Foreword Reviews, starred review " . . . like nothing I have ever read. The uniqueness of the story makes it impossible to guess what might be coming next. Chute also does an excellent job of bringing her settings to life." --Reader Views "Below the Moon is an imaginative ride; readers are immersed in another world from the first page." --Chelsey Krause, author of All Shook Up "In the second book in The 8th Island Trilogy, Ella and her family continue their fantastical adventure on Jarr-Wya, an island in a parallel dimension. In this book, the protagonists search for a cure for Ella's cancer, which is closely tied to the fate of all worlds. Below the Moon is difficult to put down. Chute's words bring the island's wonders and dangers to life. Her characters, multidimensional, are on a journey to learn to live with both their strengths and weaknesses. Chute has a created a world that leaves you wanting more." --Deb Brandon, award-winning author of But My Brain Had Other Ideas "This book will delight lovers of Neil Gaiman. Below the Moon is an accessible but sophisticated fantasy novel that will take readers to a fully conceived world with characters whose fates will matter to you. Chute is a multitalented storyteller whose gorgeous illustrations add another deeply immersive and enjoyable element to her imagined universe." --Andrea Jarrell, author of I'm the One Who Got Away: A Memoir "Below the Moon is full of characters I was rooting for every step of the way and new universes beyond my imagination. Traveling through space with Ella Wellsley and her family made me especially grateful for the safety of Earth. Still, the darkness surrounding the Wellsleys makes me wonder: maybe none of us are truly safe! I'm waiting impatiently for the final book, Inside the Sun." --Carissa Halton, author of Little Yellow House "With this follow-up to Above the Star, Chute has produced another book of immense beauty and heart-stopping peril. As this spectacular company of brave yet vulnerable characters race against time towards the Star and a cure for 15-year-old Ella, they must battle floods and sea monsters, treacherous mazes, malicious shape-shifting sands, and a host of fierce enemies. With stunning imagery and imaginative prose, Chute brings to life a dark magical world where love and wonder shine brightly. A terrific read!" --Fran Kimmel, award-winning author of The Shore Girl and No Good Asking "Continuing the adventures began in Above the Star, Chute brings readers once again into the magical world of Jarr-Wya in Below the Moon. Our heroine charges forward in the search for the cure to her cancer and a way to save the magical world she has come to love. A master at weaving together parallel narratives, Chute captures the unique perspectives of her characters as they move through the story, neatly tying everything together in ways the reader does not expect. Below the Moon is a wonderfully original and richly imaginative tale that shows us that anyone can be a hero, regardless of our abilities." --Jaci Wells, author of the forthcoming The Lost Priestess "A spunky heroine is a hallmark of any great adventure, but Chute has made Ella unlike anything you've ever seen before. Ella's depth, fire, and fragility combine to create a young woman who you'd want to fight beside, and fall in love with. Chute's 8th Island is a world that feels both unique and familiar, and Below the Moon takes an already breathtaking story into another gear. If you have any love for the fantasy-adventure genre, you need to be reading this series." --Conor McCreery, author of Kill Shakespeare "Alexis Marie Chute has created an immersive fantasy world with her 8th Island Trilogy.Below the Moon takes readers on an adventurous journey that stretches the limits of imagination all while exploring deeper and darker themes at the very root of our humanity. A wonderful read for young adult and adult fans of the fantasy genre." --Shane Turgeon, author of The Force in the Flesh "Below the Moon is a spellbinding tale, built with a truly magical and dreamlike style of fantasy. This story transports readers to other worlds, nay, other dimensions, fraught with peril, yet where the power of love still holds true during a time of great testing for the Wellsley family. Below the Moon is utterly enchanting!" --Pierre Dimaculangan, author of The Sage, the Swordsman and the Scholars "Below the Moon is an adrenaline-filled adventure that unravels across the page like a windstorm. The character Ella, young and mute, stubborn and tough, takes us all along on a magical journey with her as she searches for the cure to her illness. Chute writes with authority around the family relationship and you can see she understands the heart of her characters. This is a story that will inspire and transport you into a complex and fantastical world filled with likable characters and a young woman you can't help but cheer for." --Rayanne Haines, poet, performer, and award-winning author of the Guardian Series Praise for Book 1 in the series Above the Star: "Will hold you spellbound until the last page." --Reader's Favorite "Think of Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings and Homer's Odyssey all wrapped up together." -- Raymond Gariepy, editor of WestWord magazine "Shows readers that there is a power within all of us to change the world." -- Jessica Kluthe, author of Rosina, The Midwife
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87 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 24% (21)
4 47% (41)
3 24% (21)
2 3% (3)
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