The Book of Kell

by Amy Briant

“I hate field trips.” That’s exactly what Kell was thinking just as the bus blew up…

Thus begins a grueling trek for three young survivors in a treacherous post-apocalyptic world—pitting the inner strength and resilience of youth against the dysfunction and destruction created by adults.

Scavenging for food, drinkable water and anything else that will help them survive the journey, the teens must constantly be on the alert for enemy drones, crazed loners, domestic terrorists, packs of feral dogs, and flesh-seeking predators. Not to mention some deadly surprises from Mother Nature.

A 2021 Rainbow Book list recommendation from the American Library Association.





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Genre Young Adult, Thriller
Length 310 pages
Publication Date February 13, 2020
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642471045e
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Judith Fellows


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"The Book of Kell is a very personal book to me—but no, I haven't fought my way through the postapocalyptic Northern California wilderness. Not yet, at least!

For me, a novel is not just one idea, but lots of ideas. When enough of them stick together, so to speak, I have my beginning. My writer’s brain is like a baleen whale cruising the depths for delicious krill. The Book of Kell’s krill included:

• a Springsteen lyric about dreams (that never made it into the book)
• working on the “long crew” at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival one summer
• a lifetime of thoughts about gender identity, sexuality, and a loner’s place in society
• and my time in the San Francisco Bay Area—from Santa Cruz (aka San Tomas) to Silicon Valley to the East Bay and beyond

This all sounds serious, but The Book of Kell is anything but—it’s a thrilling adventure tale with lots of humor and heart. Trust me, the postapocalypse is looking mighty queer!"

—Amy Briant


Betty H. - This is the best postapocalyptic novel I think I’ve ever read. The Book of Kell is exceptionally written. The story is riveting. The setting is so real that at times it can be terrifying. In fact, it is terrifying a lot of the time. The characters are so true to life that you almost expect them to pop out of the book and start talking to you. Through Kell’s eyes, you learn about and become invested in all of the main characters. You learn who they are, their good points, their flaws, and their fears. They truly become real to the reader.

This novel has the YA tag because the main characters are in their late teens, but don’t let that put you off. This book should be tagged for everyone. In my opinion, you really must read this book.

Carolyn M. - I have read a lot of postapocalyptic fiction. So much so that not much in the genre surprises me anymore. This grabbed me, held me captive, and surprised me over and over.

Stephanie C. - Literally the best book I’ve read in a while. The first 5-star in quite a bit, I believe. I couldn't put it down. Just a really, really good story with amazingly flawed characters. You root for them, laugh with them, and cry with them as well. Don’t let the young adult tag scare you away either. Honestly it’s just really good.

Jasmine G. - I love apocalyptic books with everything I've got—and this one was a real winner! I can't recommend this book enough. I am really hoping that this is the beginning of a series because I want more of this world, of these characters, of this stellar writing!

Angela K. - This book is very different from any other lesbian book I have ever read. It is a postapocalyptic book about two young women, Kell and Elinor, trying to find Kell's sister. This is a very drama-filled book and will keep you reading to the last page!

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  1. sanib. (verified owner)

    I loved this book so much. From the very first page I just couldn’t put it down. I cried real tears at the end.

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