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Randoms: Praise

“Funny, wild, possibly deranged, and way too much fun.”
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan Army and Rot & Ruin

“As fun as a barrel full of tribbles, Randoms is middle-grade space opera at its best. Scary aliens! Cat people! Exploding starships! My inner geek stood up and cheered. Kids who love sci-fi, comics, or gaming will gobble up this fast-paced story, and it will make converts out of the rest.”
—Pete Hautman, author of National Book Award Winner Godless

“What an adventure! Randoms has such a clever concept behind it, and it’s thrilling to ride along as Zeke Reynolds battles enemy aliens (and humans), buddies up with up with aliens (and even, sometimes, humans), and manages again and again to score his own version of victory for underdogs and ‘randoms’ all across the universe.”
—Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of the New York Times bestselling series The Shadow Children and The Missing

Randoms is an incredibly fun and heartfelt space adventure. With menacing villains and lovable underdogs, this book has so much to offer readers of all ages. I can’t wait to read what happens to Zeke and his friends next!”
—SJ Kincaid, author of Insignia

“A smorgasbord of sci-fi geekiness, David Liss’s Randoms blends angst, adventure, humor, pathos, space battles, anime, giraffe aliens, and philosophical meanderings on the nature of humanity into a plot that twists and tumbles towards a breathless summer-action-flick finale. Be prepared to cheer on the underdogs in this dizzying romp of a novel.”
—John David Anderson, author of Sidekicked

“My fellow geeks, rejoice! We have a new hero in the form of the all-nerdy, all-knowing, Zeke. And it is no random chance that his knowledge of pop sci-fi makes him the hippest hero of the galaxy.”
—Tony DiTerlizzi, author of The Search for Wondla

“Like Spider-Man, Zeke has superpowers, but his power is his geekiness. … the aliens feel genuinely–and wonderfully–alien.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Liss’s characters are engaging, the video-game-like competitions and SF commentary are fun, the sheer plenitude of alien species is fascinating, and the jokes just keep on coming.”
Publishers Weekly

“Fans of science fiction and nonstop action alike will enjoy this smart, light adventure that brims with allusions to a variety of sci-fi movies and TV shows old and new.”
—School Library Journal

“Liss strikes cosmic gold in this addictive space saga with solid writing, excellent storytelling and pacing, and imaginative world building. Fully developed preteen and adult characters—both human and otherwise—make the story appealing to readers of all ages. Randoms is an exhilarating. With a tip of the hat to geeks everywhere, this novel is a class act.”
Booklist, starred review

“An extremely fun and thoughtful sci-fi adventure. Randoms is the kind of book I hope to share with my future children.”
—SF Signal

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