Good reviews are always very welcome, and first reviews are always exciting, but for a variety of reasons I won’t go into, this one was especially meaningful. Some writers out there say they don’t read reviews, and some say they don’t care about them. I admire them (even if I don’t always believe them). I try not to care too much, but I do care. Like most writers, I have at my core a nugget of insecurity (more than balanced out by the audacity necessary to believe people would care, or even buy, what I have to write). But also, this is a tough businesses, and advanced reviews are one of those harbingers of good times or bad — not a guarantee, by any means, we all know that, but an indication. So, hopefully, others will feel the same way Publishers Weekly does, and I can continue to do what I love: Write books.
You can read the review online HERE or, while it lasts, you can see the page spread (with all its starred and featured-box glory) HERE. Deadout comes out August 5, but you can preorder it now (from Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or Amazon), or come to the epic August 6 launch event (details to come…).