Lock In an Alex Award Winner
Posted on February 2, 2015 Posted by John Scalzi 11 Comments
Well, this is pretty cool: Lock In has gotten an Alex Award from the ALA (and their youth division, YALSA). The Alex is given to ten books each year that are written for adults but have appeal to younger readers.
Here’s the entire list of Alex Award winners for 2015:
“All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr, published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
“Bellweather Rhapsody,” by Kate Racculia, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
“Bingo’s Run,” by James A. Levine, published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
“Confessions,” by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder, published by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
“Everything I Never Told You,” by Celeste Ng, published by The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
“Lock In,” by John Scalzi, a Tor Book published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.
“The Martian,” by Andy Weir, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
“The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice,” by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles, published by TED Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
“Those Who Wish Me Dead,” by Michael Koryta, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
“Wolf in White Van,” by John Darnielle, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
That’s some good company to be in.
The full press release — which also includes winners of the Newberry, Caldecott and Printz awards, is here (pdf link)
Congratulations to my nine fellow Alex award winners! And thank you ALA and YALSA.
Also, if this day is any indication, clearly I should go on cruises more often. They’re good for my books.
Also, maybe I should write an actual YA book at some point. Hmmmmm.
And how many on the list offer readers a view into the world of those coping with disabilities?
I read Lock In and was pretty much gobsmacked. It has been a long time since I really liked a scifi novel, but this one is most excellent and deserves it award.
What did I miss in this book? congrats on it getting regularly nominated and awarded. I thought this book was awful. I keep questioning, did I read something different?
Congratulations! We’re told most YA books are bought and read by adults, so why not the other way around too?
Also congratulations! Wasn’t Zoe’s Tale a YA book?
Oh hell yeah, you SHOULD write a YA book. Maybe with Athena, even?? :)
According to their descriptions in Amazon, most of these books are real downers.
@JJS I think that’s common for YA literature. Not a bad thing per se, but it seems to be common enough.
Also, congrats on your award! I hope Lock In leaves a good impression on younger readers. Maybe even on future sci-fi authors?
congrats to you! xxx
If they’re all as good as Lock In and The Martian, I just had 8 books added to my reading list.
Congratulations, John! Definitely deserved. And if you wrote a YA, I would read the shit out of it. And so would my partner.