17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer...
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland...
17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt...
All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they're not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they're to have any hope of surviving.
Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light through the eyes of Sophie, Declan, and Anat, the reader is taken on a dark and unforgettable journey into the hearts of teens who must decide what to do with a second chance at life.
Junior Library Guild Selection
"Mysterious, compelling, and edge-of-your-seat, heart-in-your-throat, drive-you-out-of-your-mind suspenseful, Strangelets was a thrill ride I never wanted to end."
"Didn't put it down until I was done—and then I was sad it was over. Can't wait to see what Gagnon is up to next!"
"Three very different teens on the edge of death get firsthand experience of the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics... Finding out what happened takes a back seat to survival... but readers won't mind. Interesting characters, some of whom have dangerous secrets, act and react like real teens. The slow reveal of what's going on is as tantalizing as the action is pulse-pounding."
"Well-executed survivalist horror.... Engrossing characters and building suspense.... Pulse-pounding."
Soho Teen, hardcover, April 2013, ISBN: 978-0-06-210290-4