Lock In an Alex Award Winner

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.

11 Comments on “Lock In an Alex Award Winner”

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. Alex Willging – Southern California – Alex Willging is an independent blogger and author, writing reviews and articles on Mr. Rhapsodist. He also has a short story collection called Digital Eyes, Family Ties, now for sale on Amazon.
    Alex Willging

    @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?

  4. Lee S. Hawke – Melbourne, Australia – Hi, I'm Lee. I'm a science fiction writer by early morning, a technology lawyer by day, and an avid reader in all the other spare moments I can find. I have two dogs, a healthy respect for cats, and a robot vacuum named Cinderella.
    Lee S. Hawke

    Congratulations, John! Definitely deserved. And if you wrote a YA, I would read the shit out of it. And so would my partner.

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