From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.
Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town’s top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation’s darkest and most terrible secret.
I seriously couldn’t be more excited for this book. I adored the first novel and I adore the podcast that this is based on. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor are excellent writers, and this novel sounds like it will be even better than the first! (Plus, Edelweiss’ key selling points mentions the book will contain comics by Jessica Hayworth that are inspired by the Jack Chick religious tracts. Didn’t know I needed that in my life, but boy do I ever.)
I’ll be sure to review this book the moment I get my hands on it and finish reading it (whether that’s an ARC or the day the published book arrives at my mailbox.)
Until then, you can look forward to my upcoming reviews of the Welcome to Night Vale novel as well as the two volumes of scripts: Mostly Void, Partially Stars and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe”. And later this week or next week, I’ll be posting my review of Barnes and Noble’s collectible edition of American Gods/Anansi Boys. So stay tuned for all of that!