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Young Adult Fiction Dystopian


The Keeper's Records of Revolution

by (author) S.K. Ali

Penguin Young Readers Group
Initial publish date
Oct 2024
Dystopian, Girls & Women, Diversity & Multicultural
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2024
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12


The first book in a gripping duology from acclaimed author S.K. Ali introduces a fractured world on the brink of either enlightenment or war.

Would you trade love for peace?

Raisa of Upper Earth has only lived a life of privilege and acquiescence. Ever dutiful, she accepts her father’s arrangement of her marriage to Lein, Crown Prince of the corrupt, volatile lands of Lower Earth.

Though Lein is a stranger, Raisa knows the wedding will unite their vastly different worlds in a pact of peace: an infusion of Upper Earth technology will usher in the final age of enlightenment, ending war between humans forever.

Or is justice more urgent?

Newly released from imprisonment, Nada of Lower Earth has found her own calling: disrupting the royal wedding.

Convinced her cousin Lein’s alliance with Upper Earth will launch an invasive, terrifying form of tyranny, Nada sets out undercover to light the spark of revolution.

When Raisa goes missing a week before the wedding, all eyes turn to the rebels, including Nayf, Nada’s twin brother, a fugitive on the run.

In Nayf and Raisa meeting, the long-simmering animosity between their worlds slowly burns away into something unexpected.

But the Crown Prince wants his bride — and future — back. And he will go to the ends of the earths to reclaim them.

About the author

S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits, a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. Morris Award and the winner of the APALA Honor Award and Middle East Book Honor Award; and Love from A to Z, a Today show’s Read with Jenna Book Club selection. Both novels were named best YA books of the year by various media including Entertainment Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author of Misfit in Love. You can find Sajidah online at and follow her on Instagram @SKAlibooks and on Twitter at @SajidahWrites.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Fledgling by S.K. Ali

"Ali's science-fiction debut reads like she's known this genre all her life. A sweeping epic of love and revolution, set in a visceral future vision of Earth and starring a cast you can't help but fall for. A breathtaking ride."
—Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stars And Smoke

"A dystopian story rooted in colonial realities, Fledgling is a fierce and ever-relevant ode to resistance and self-determination against the hypocrisy of those who burn the world down for their own benefit and then deem themselves superior to those who survive among the ashes."
—Xiran Jay Zhao, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Iron Widow

"A delicious blend of intricate world building, royal and political intrigue, and romance. Fledgling pulls you in from the very first page!”
—Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Once Upon a Broken Heart

In turns both profound and heart racing, S. K. Ali's vision of a world on the brink of revolution or submission to artificial political intelligence sounds eerily plausible.”
—S. A. Chakraborty, New York Times Bestselling author of The Daevabad Trilogy

“A richly-imagined futuristic world tipping into revolution, a fiery yet tender love story, and unyielding courage in the search for truth and justice, S. K. Ali’s entry into science fiction is powerful in every sense. Raw, inspiring, and unputdownable.”
—Amelie Wen Zhao, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Song of the Last Kingdom duology

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