Waiting on Wednesday: Omega City by Diana Peterfreund

November 5, 2014 / 8 Comments / Book Memes, Waiting on Wednesday

Author: Diana Peterfreund
Also by this author: For Darkness Shows the Stars, Secret Society Girl, Under the Rose, Rites of Spring (Break), Tap & Gown, Rampant, Ascendant, Across a Star-Swept Sea, Omega City, Omega City: The Forbidden Fortress

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

Omega City (Omega City #1)
Author: Diana Peterfreund

Publisher: Balzer & Bray (Harper Collins Canada)
Expected publication: April 28, 2015

Gillian Seagret doesn’t listen to people who say her father’s a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War-era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced the family to move to a cottage in the sticks, but Gillian knows he’s right, and plans to prove it.

When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Underberg’s diary in her father’s mess of an office, she thinks she’s found a big piece of the puzzle–a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg’s greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her skeptical younger brother, Eric, her best friend, Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off into the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker, deep within the earth.

But they aren’t alone inside its dark and flooded halls. Now Gillian and her friends must race to explore OMEGA CITY and find the answers they need. For while Gillian wants to save her dad’s reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg’s secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried…forever.

I’ve been waiting for the right moment to spotlight this new release from one of my all-time fave authors Diana Peterfreund – and the day before my birthday is the perfect day, because I NEED THIS (please give me an ARC, someone?).

Diana is one of my favourite writers out there because her writing is sharp, focused on feminist issues, and chock full of theme. Her plotting is complex and fantastic, and her novels are always so inventive. OMEGA CITY is no different – the comps say it’s sort of like The Goonies with a gender-swapped main character.

I confess to never watching the Goonies when I was a kid, but I love the idea of a puzzle that takes these kids on an adventure – I’m big on adventure, I’m big on space and I’m REALLY big on middle-grade books with riddles.

Also, doesn’t that cover kind of remind you of the Harry Potter covers by Mary GrandPré?

Are you interested in reading OMEGA CITY? Have you read any of Diana Peterfreund’s other novels, like the Secret Society Girl series(my personal fave), her Killer Unicorn series, For Darkness Shows the Stars, or Across a Star-Swept Sea? Do you read middle-grade? Do you like adventure? What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!

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8 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: Omega City by Diana Peterfreund

  1. I really don't read enough middle-grade. I guess I lean more towards YA since I teach 9-12, but I have enjoyed a MG book here and there. This looks interesting and I mean if it has a Goonies influence, then I might just have to check it out.

  2. Hi, Tiff! Thanks so much for profiling Omega City. I just wanted to clarify one thing: this book is in no way a Goonies retelling (I'm not even sure that's legal!) The only thing the books have in common is that they are both kid's adventure stories that have scenes set underground, which was why we referred to the Goonies when describing it to people. I think maybe you're confused because my last book series were retellings, and Star-Swept had a gender flipped main character? This is not a retelling. They are wildly different in premise, plot, theme, and characters. Thanks!

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