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Blackbirds

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The first book in the Miriam Black series: "A sassy, hard-boiled thriller with a paranormal slant" (The Guardian) about a young woman who can see the darkest corners of the future. Miriam Black knows how you're going to die. This makes her daily life a living hell, especially when you can't do anything about it, or stop trying to. She's foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides. She merely needs to touch you--skin to skin contact--and she knows how and when your final moments will occur. Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But then she hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, and she sees in thirty days that Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and Miriam will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can't save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she'll have to try. "Think Six Feet Under co-written by Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk" (SFX), and you have Blackbirds a visceral, exciting novel about life on the edge.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20mm | 460g
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • f-c cvr (fx: spot UV); digital
  • 148144865X
  • 9781481448659
  • 345,033

Review quote

"Visceral and often brutal, this tale vibrates with emotional rawness that helps to paint a bleak, unrelenting picture of life on the edge." - Publishers Weekly
"A gleefully dark, twisted road trip for everyone who thought Fight Club was too warm and fuzzy. If you enjoy this book, you're probably deeply wrong in the head. I loved it, and will be seeking professional help as soon as Chuck lets me out of his basement."
- James Moran, "Severance," "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" screenwriter
"Enchanting and drowned in blood, Blackbirds is a meaty piece of fiction, a non-stop mind-job where the first hit hurts and you keep going back for more. It's the kind of gritty, unapologetic story that grips you long after the book's done; dark, intense, utterly without mercy. Chuck Wendig spins one hell of a tale."
- Karina Cooper, author of the "Dark Mission" series
"Trailer-park tension, horrified hilarity, and sheer terror mixed with deft characterization and razor plotting. I literally could not put it down."
- Lilith Saintcrow, author of "Night Shift" and "Working for the Devil"
""Blackbirds" is a horror story, a traveling story, a story of loss and what it takes to make things right. It's a story about fate and how sometimes, if we wrestle with it hard enough, maybe we can change it. Blackbirds is the kind of book that doesn't let go even after you've put it down and nobody else could have made it shine like Chuck Wendig."
- Stephen Blackmoore, author, "City of the Lost" and "Dead Things"
"Mean, moody and mysterious, "Blackbirds" is a noir joyride peppered with black humour, wry observation, and visceral action. Fans of Chuck Wendig will not be disappointed."
- Adam Christopher, author of "Empire State
""In addition to a cast of well developed yet mentally unstable characters that enhance a fantastically horrifying plot, "Blackbirds" possesses a natural progression that doesn't rely on convenience or contrived cir
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About Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig is equal parts novelist, screenwriter, and game designer - A.K.A. an all-around "freelance penmonkey." You can probably find him on the side of a highway holding a sign, "Will Write For Booze." He currently lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with wife, dog, and infant heir to the Wendig throne. You can find him dispensing dubious writing advice at his blog, terribleminds.com.
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Rating details

8,175 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 24% (1,986)
4 40% (3,296)
3 25% (2,060)
2 7% (606)
1 3% (227)
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