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Magic, adventure, and danger collide in an unsuspecting small town.

Sixteen-year-old Mia Kish’s small town of Fenton, Colorado, is known for three things: being home to the world’s tallest sycamore tree, the national chicken thigh–eating contest, and one of the ritziest boarding schools in the country, Westbrook Academy. But when emergency sirens start blaring and Westbrook is put on lockdown, quarantined and surrounded by soldiers who shoot first and ask questions later, Mia realizes she’s only just beginning to discover what makes Fenton special.

The answer is behind the wall of the Cave, a.k.a. Fenton Electronics, of which her father is the director. Mia’s dad has always been secretive about his work, allowing only that he’s working for the government. Unless Mia is willing to let the whole town succumb to a strange illness that ages people years in a matter of hours, the end result death, she’s got to break quarantine, escape the school grounds, and outsmart armed soldiers to uncover the truth.

Editorial Reviews

“A compulsive read, a kick-ass heroine, and a brilliantly plotted adventure, The Well’s End is going to be the must-read book of 2014. Fishman writes with verve, originality, and complete control, delivering satisfying twists and extraordinary surprises. Brilliant!”

John Boyne, New York Times bestselling author

“A smart and wonderfully throwback adventure. Philip Pullman fans take notice. Don’t miss Fishman’s mind-bending debut.”

Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author

“Unlike some pandemic stories, Fishman’s novel focuses not on the inherent horror of disease but on the drama of the escape itself, forcing Mia to face the fear of water and darkness that she’s had since falling down a well as a child…Fishman keeps tension high and sets the stage for a dramatic finish.”

Publishers Weekly

“This debut science fiction series opener relies on the standard mad-scientist scenario that provides plenty of action…Fishman concocts a marvelous enigma to underlie Mia’s father’s work, tying in an incident in Mia’s childhood that gives rise to the title…The story will keep readers flipping pages.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A crackling thriller that keeps you turning the pages until the very end.”

Jennifer Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Author Biography

Seth Fishman is a native of Midland, Texas, and a graduate of Princeton University and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He spends his days as a literary agent at the Gernert Company and his nights (and mornings) writing. He lives in Jersey City.

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Katie Schorr is an actor and writer in New York. Her one-woman show, Take Me. Seriously, ran for six months at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and she performs throughout New York in new works at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Ars Nova, among other theaters. She has appeared on VH1’s Best Week Ever and costars in the web series Head in the Oven with Saturday Night Live actor Bill Hader. Her audiobook credits include narrating the novels in Alyson Noel’s bestselling Immortals series. Of her work on the series, AudioFile magazine has said, “Narrator Katie Schorr has a wonderfully raspy, youthful voice, which she puts to good effect on the cast of teenage characters.”

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