Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway is a novella by Seanan McGuire, the first in her "Wayward Children" series. It was first published in hardcover and ebook editions by Tor.com in April, 2016.[1]

Every Heart a Doorway
Every Heart a Doorway
Cover of first edition
AuthorSeanan McGuire
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy
PublisherTor.com
Publication date
2016
Media typePrint (hardcover) and e-book
Pages173
ISBN978-0-7653-8550-5
Followed byDown Among the Sticks and Bones 

Plot

The story is set in a boarding school for teenagers who have passed through "doorways" into fantasy worlds only to be evicted back into the real world. It serves as something of a recovery center for boarders who find they no longer fit in, either in the "real" world or their own uncomprehending families. For a fortunate few it is just a way station until they can find their ways back to the worlds they do fit into; for others, it's the least bleak choice in what may be a life-long exile. This unhappy ending for the students takes a terrifying turn when some of their number start turning up dead. A small group joins together in an attempt to expose the person committing these murders before it is too late to save the school, or even themselves.

Reception and awards

Every Heart a Doorway was critically acclaimed upon release, and it won the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novella,[2] the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novella,[3] and the 2017 Locus Award for Best Novella.[4] and the Alex Awards for 2017 [5]

Series

The book is the first in an open sequence of novellas called the "Wayward Children" series, further exploring characters and settings it establishes.

References

  1. ^ Every Heart a Doorway title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ "2017 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  3. ^ "Nebula Award Recipients Announced". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. 2017-05-20. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  4. ^ "2017 Locus Awards Winners". www.locusmag.com. Locus Online News. 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  5. ^ NGILBERT (2018-02-13). "2017 Alex Awards". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Retrieved 2019-01-03.
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