Monday, January 23, 2012

Strange Chemistry's First Two Titles

Strange Chemistry - the YA imprint of Angry Robot - has finally revealed its first two titles!

Shift by Kim Curran, the first of two books in a new YA SF thriller series, is about an average, 16-year-old loser, Scott Tyler, meeting the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones and learning that he's not quite so average after all. He's a 'Shifter'. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he's ever made. At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world quickly starts to unravel around him he realizes that each time uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed. In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.

Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings is about Julie,  an apprentice witch – or so she believes. When a dark power comes stalking out of the past to haunt her and her mother, Julie learns that she is far more than just a witch. With the help of her best friend Marcus and a rather unusual Great Dane, Julie has to race against time to ensure she can defeat the bad guy, save her mother and avoid being grounded – again!

More information can be found at and

Angry Robot is a genre publisher that brings readers the best in new SF, F and WTF?! Strange Chemistry is Angry Robot’s YA imprint. All titles are released as paperbacks and in all major eBook formats. Distribution is through Random House (North America) and GBS (UK). Angry Robot is part of the Osprey Group.

How awesome do those books sound?! I can't wait to see what decisions Scott decides to undo in Shift since everyone has thought about making a different choice at some point in their lives. Sean Cummings is a Canadian author so Poltergeeks is perfect because I'm trying to read and review more books by Canadian authors this year.     


  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful write-up!

    Amanda (Strange Chemistry editor)

  2. Thank you so much for the wonderful write-up!

    Amanda (Strange Chemistry editor)

  3. "Angry Robot is a genre publisher that brings readers the best in new SF, F and WTF?!"

    This made me giggle:) Sounds like they have some really great titles releasing soon, thanks for the heads up on them Z!

  4. Who doesn't need more WTF in their life? I know I do. LOL

    Oh, as I read the description for Shift I couldn't help but think of that movie that is coming out... what's it called? About the group of friends that discover they can move things with them mind and they have fun with it until one causes and accident then goes off the sanity grid. *runs to Fandango*

    Okay, I can't find it but I just saw the previews this weekend when I went to see Underworld: Awakening. hehe

    Anyhoo. What was my point? Oh yeah, sounds like a pretty cool imprint.

  5. WOW!!! Both of those books sounds SO COOL, Z! :) The synopsis of Shift makes me kind of giddy because it sounds exactly like the thriller I'd love to read! Fast-paced and cool with super powers? I'm in!! And I've always loved witches most so Poltergeeks sounds absolutely adorable! YAY for Canadian authors! <3

    Thanks so much for sharing this awesomeness, Z! :)

  6. Wow, this sounds awesome. I hadn't heard of this imprint at all, so thanks very much for the heads up!


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