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Jay Kristoff grew up in Perth and has worked in advertisng for more than ten years and currently (2012) lives in Melbourne.

Awards for Works

Illuminae 2015 single work novel science fiction young adult

'This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

'This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

'The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

'But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again!

'Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 nominated International Awards Carnegie Medal (UK)
2016 highly commended Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
2016 shortlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2016 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2016 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
2015 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Novel
2015 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Science Fiction Division Novel
The Last Stormdancer 2013 single work novella fantasy

'Your blood-red skies are filled with smoke. Your bleach-white histories with lies. You walk sleeping. Wake senseless. Breathing deep of toxic blooms and forgetting all that has gone before. But I remember.

'I remember when two brothers waged bloody war over the right to sit in their father’s empty chair. I remember when orphaned twins faced each other across a field of crimson and steel, the fate of the Shima Shōgunate hanging in the poisoned sky between them.

'I remember when a blind boy stood before a court of storms and talons, armed only with a thin sword and a muttered prophecy and a desperate dream of saving the world.

'I remember when the skies above Shima were not red, but blue. Filled with thunder tigers. I remember when they left you. And I remember why. Let me tell you, monkey-child.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2013 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Best Short Story
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