Jessika Fleck's young adult debut, THE CASTAWAYS, is available in digital and print. Her newest novel, BEWARE THE NIGHT, is now available from Macmillan/Swoon Reads in digital, print, and audio. The second book in the duology, DEFY THE SUN released on March 10, 2020. She is currently hard at work on several new projects for both young adults and middle grade readers.
The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.
Renowned for its infamous corn maze… and the kids who go missing in it.
When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.
Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.
Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.
Beware the Night: Out now!
When her world divides, pitting light against dark, Veda must join a dangerous revolution to save her grandfather and fight against injustice...even if it costs her the boy she loves.
On the island of Bellona, life is peaceful--as long as the citizens dutifully worship the Sun, which protects them from all harm. Seventeen-year-old Veda knows that keeping the Sun happy will protect her and her grandfather from the Night, the dangerous people who snatch innocent citizens from their beds under the cover of darkness, never to be seen again. As long as Veda follows the rules, she will be safe.
But when Veda's grandfather is offered up as the next sacrificial offering to keep the Sun's favor, she starts to see that the safety she's been promised comes at a dangerous price. Maybe there is more to fear above than there is below.
With a mysterious young man, Dorian, at her side, Veda has to figure out if the scary bedtime stories she grew up hearing are real--or dangerous lies.
Praise and Trade Reviews:
★ "Gr 7 Up--The first in a series, this fantasy adventure is quickly paced with surprises at every turn and an ending that will leave teens breathless and awaiting more. Fleck has crafted a fully realized world complete with its own history and mythology to immerse her readers. VERDICT: Finely tuned and masterfully written, this is a must-purchase for all fantasy shelves." --School Library Journal, STARRED review
"Newcomer Fleck has an atmospheric style, noting little details in every passage. Veda is a scrappy heroine, seemingly forever caught between extremes. The story is engrossing and the book itself is recommended." --Booklist
Defy the Sun: Out now!
Civil war has come to the island of Bellona.
Veda Adeline believes in the Night. She’s joined the underground revolutionaries and is determined to overthrow the ruling Imperi and find justice for her people.
Nico Denali, Veda’s childhood best friend and maybe-something-more, is one of those ruling Imperi, and he’s just been named heir to the most powerful man above ground.
As the war intensifies, Veda and Nico are both captured by their enemies and leveraged against each other: Veda is above as a hostage of the Imperi and Nico is below, taken by the Night.
The island will burn unless Veda and Nico can come together from opposite sides of Bellona to rip everything apart. The stakes are all or nothing in this second and final book in the BEWARE THE NIGHT duology.
Praise and Trade Reviews:
"Readers can’t help but ache for this second outing. Fleck’s writing remains lovely and poetic, with rich detail even in the depths of Veda’s dark prison." —Booklist
"A riveting and satisfying conclusion to a two-volume set, with a timely message: teens realize they can’t rely on adults to fix the problems in society, but must do it themselves." —School Library Journal