Avatars — Coming Soon as E-Books!

My supernatural post-apocalyptic trilogy (published by HarperCollins in 2006, and no, it has nothing to do with That Movie) is out of print right now.  But it’s still my weird baby and I love it, so I’m working to bring all three books to you in e-book form as soon as possible (especially for those of you who can’t find book 3! tragic!).  So watch this space for more news soon!

Book 1: So This is How It Ends

Something was different. She stepped out of the subway car, her boots sounding even louder now. What was it?

The graffiti. Had that been there before?

Emblazoned across the far wall in huge silver letters: The end has come.

In New York, Kali wakes to an empty subway car, and an even emptier city. Venus and Gus survive an earthquake in Los Angeles and realize they have to deal with more than just the aftershocks. In Chile, Tigre finds himself in an unfamiliar jungle, and strangely not alone. And Amon, in Egypt, can see his path but is blind to the full picture.

They are suddenly trapped in a deserted world, five teenagers with no hope of escape. Why have they survived? What force—or intelligence—connects them? Drawn inexorably toward one another, they have no idea what is lying in wait for them. Welcome to a future in which five teens have the power to complete the destruction of Earth . . . or to save it.

Take the quiz:  Which avatar would you be?

“A phantasmagoric end-of-the-world story with living, breathing characters and mysteries around every corner.  What more could you ask for?” — Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies

– Reviews

“Sutherland is an innovative and eloquent writer, creating complex characters and handling a complicated plot with ease.” — KLIATT (starred review)

“Readers will be drawn into the well-written characters and intrigued by the unexpected, cliff-hanger ending.” — School Library Journal

“Sutherland creates compelling, fully fleshed characters in these stranded, inquiring kids, who draw together to face the hazards of huge crystal monsters and aged, desperate humans, and she builds a frightening vision shot through with well-placed and genuine humor. The suspense will suck in experienced sf readers as well as those new to the genre.” — Booklist

“Compelling action melds effectively with religious mythology, a well-developed cast, and terrifyingly realistic future world elements, making this novel an easy sell to adventure, fantasy, and sci-fi fans.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Selected by the New York Public Library for their Books for the Teen Age List 2007

Available from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, IndieBound


(Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read book one yet!  Proceed with caution!)

Book 2: Shadow Falling

I was born in a world ruled by gods. This worked out well for me, as I am a god. For centuries we were the rulers of our worlds. But things changed. Now, the stakes are high. Let the games begin. . . .

Caught in an ancient rivalry not of their making, on an earth where almost all other humans have been wiped out, a group of teens learns they are avatars of immortal gods, put on earth in a form that’s only too mortal. Now they are bound to fight one another—and only one of them can survive.

Do they resist the forces controlling them, unite to save themselves, and try to find a way back to their own time? Or can one of them win the battle to seize immortality and the life of a god?

Available from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound


Book 3: Kingdom of Twilight

Ruthlessly stabbed by a fellow avatar, Diana is now trapped wandering through the underworlds, struggling to find a way back to life.

Up above, her fellow avatars have set sail to Africa, hoping to find refuge and a healer to bring Diana back from death.  Time is racing against them, because once Diana reaches the Greek underworld, Hades, she is gone.  Forever.

But that problem pales next to the larger issue at hand — only one avatar can take back the power of the gods and live forever.

The breathtaking conclusion to a trilogy where the fate of the world depends on the outcome of a battle between power-hungry gods and the teenagers who may be the only ones who can stop them.

– Reviews –

“Sutherland wraps up her final installment of the Avatars trilogy, picking up where she left off.  The ending is a bit surprising and wholly satisfactory.  Sutherland’s plot is as fast paced as the other books in the trilogy, with a dizzying array of characters.  The main characters are particularly appealing, and Sutherland continues to incorporate a lively sense of humor into the story.  There is also substance to the trilogy; it has a serious and thoughtful edge, and Sutherland exhibits great skill in balancing the two.  Libraries with the first two books in the trilogy will need this one, and those that do not have them should consider acquiring all three.” — KLIATT (starred review)

“Sutherland delivers a fascinating ending to the avatars’ journey, full of ancient mythology.  Readers will reward the saga’s ending with a satisfying round of applause.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“Threading in revelations, dangerous encounters and tongue-in-cheek comments, Sutherland rounds out her … ultimately engrossing epic in style.” — Kirkus Reviews

Available from: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound