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This Great Hemisphere

A Novel

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On sale Jul 09, 2024 | 15 Hours and 19 Minutes | 9780593869840
| Grades 9-12
"This Great Hemisphere is an inventive and immersive epic that follows its brave invisible protagonist as she navigates a futuristic new world that often mirrors our own. A thrilling page-turner." —Brit Bennett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half

From the award-winning and bestselling author of Black Buck: A speculative novel about a young woman—invisible by birth and relegated to second-class citizenship—who sets off on a mission to find her older brother, whom she had presumed dead but who is now the primary suspect in a high-profile political murder.


Despite the odds, Sweetmint, a young invisible woman, has done everything right her entire life—school, university, and now a highly sought-after apprenticeship with the Northwestern Hemisphere’s premier inventor, a non-invisible man belonging to the Dominant Population who is as eccentric as he is enigmatic. But the world she has fought so hard to build after the disappearance of her older brother comes crashing down when authorities claim that not only is he well and alive, he’s also the main suspect in the murder of the Chief Executive of the Northwestern Hemisphere. 

A manhunt ensues, and Sweetmint, armed with courage, intellect, and unwavering love for her brother, sets off on a mission to find him before it’s too late. With five days until the hemisphere’s big election, Sweetmint must dodge a relentless law officer who’s determined to maintain order and an ambitious politician with sights set on becoming the next Chief Executive by any means necessary.

With the captivating worldbuilding of N. K. Jemisin’s novels and blazing defiance of Naomi Alderman’s work, This Great Hemisphere is a novel that brilliantly illustrates the degree to which reality can be shaped by non-truths and vicious manipulations, while shining a light on our ability to surprise ourselves when we stop giving in to the narratives others have written for us.
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by People, Elle, New York Post, The Root, New Scientist, Ebony, Screen Rant, Betches, Book Riot, Literary Hub, CrimeReads, Gizmodo, She Reads, Psychopomp, Maris Review, Parade, Well-Read Black Girl, and Daily Kos

An Amazon Book of the Month

“A masterful mashup of two time-tested literary genres: the quest to return to family and home and a propulsive, pulse-pounding, twisty political thriller. In both of these dimensions, Askaripour soars . . . The narrative has a forceful momentum and love emerges as the most powerful force in this relentlessly page-turning novel.”
Boston Globe

“Wildly imaginative and often wondrously lush. Askaripour traces the perils of racial betrayal and the rewards of collusion with the point of a bloodied knife.”
—Ron Charles, Washington Post

This Great Hemisphere is a sprawling speculative-fiction narrative that tackles racism, classism, and the perpetual power struggle of politics. But it also delivers a heartwarming story about a young woman learning to navigate the world . . . Askaripour possesses a powerful imagination, and it is in full display . . . Rich, multilayered, [with] some dazzling passages.”
—Gabino Iglesias, NPR

“A cinematic epic.”
—People

“With remarkable world-building, Askaripour takes readers on a vast and winding adventure through a future split by hemispheres, visibility, and power.”
Elle, "The Best New Books to Read in Summer 2024"

“[An] engrossing epic.”
New York Post

"A rollicking read, just like his debut."
—Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor, "Amazon's Most Anticipated Books of Summer"

“A big, juicy speculative epic—part thriller, part mystery, part adventure, part SF yarn, part social satire, part allegory of colonialism.”
Literary Hub, “Most Anticipated Books of 2024”

“Fans of speculative fiction will love This Great Hemisphere . . .  a gripping novel.”
The Root, “July 2024 Books By Black Authors We Can't Wait to Read”
 
“The divided world of The Great Hemisphere allows for a thought-provoking [and] fast-paced story as Sweetmint is pulled into a dangerous mystery . . .  As Askaripour's novel follows her through this chaos, the author explores the ways that society's concept of reality can be manipulated.”
Screen Rant, “10 Most-Anticipated Sci-Fi Books Coming Out In July 2024”
 
“An eye-opening dystopian adventure set in a future world.”
Ebony, “Get Lit! Black Authors to Read in July”

"The page-turning prose and standout characters will appeal to a wide range of readers. Part sf adventure, part mystery, part social satire, this is a vividly imagined and captivating story."
—Booklist *starred review*

“This energetic, speculative deconstruction of colonialism feels like watching an expert put together a 1000-piece jigsaw.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Propulsive… A page-turning vision of a future made all too plausible by our volatile present.”
Kirkus

“Part political thriller and part sci-fi, This Great Hemisphere similarly explores the allure of power and the lengths people go to gain and retain it, but it’s also a story about rebellion, resilience and the strength to shape your own future.”
—BookPage

“A stunning and compelling work of social justice speculative fiction.”
Library Journal

"This Great Hemisphere is an inventive and immersive epic that follows its brave invisible protagonist as she navigates a futuristic new world that often mirrors our own. A thrilling page-turner."
—Brit Bennett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half

"This Great Hemisphere is a boldly imaginative sophomore novel from Askaripour. Too few writers have the courage to dream this big."
—Jason Mott, National Book Award-winning author of Hell of a Book

This Great Hemisphere is a tense, urgent exploration of power in all its forms and how it corrupts. It's a story of America and subjugation and hope and all the things some may choose not to see. An allegory reminiscent of Colson Whitehead's Intuitionist and Zone One, this one will keep your brain churning long after you've finished it.”
—Yume Kitasei, author of The Stardust Grail

“Mateo Askaripour's This Great Hemisphere is a wildly imaginative novel, bursting with cinematic fervor. The world-building here is meticulous and astounding. The characters are so well-realized that they haunt the heart, motivate the mind, and shake the soul. The story itself strikes the perfect balance between wisdom and warning. I can't help but to think that the spirit of the great prophet Octavia Butler hovers over This Great Hemisphere. And quiet as it’s kept, Mateo Askaripour just might be that level of oracle, too. This is a fiery must-read.”
—Robert Jones, Jr., author of The New York Times bestselling novel, The Prophets, a finalist for the National Book Award
© Andrew Askaripour
New York Times bestselling author Mateo Askaripour wants people to feel seen. His first novel, Black Buck, takes on racism in corporate America with humor and wit. Askaripour was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “10 rising stars to make waves,” and Black Buck was a Read With Jenna Today Show book club pick. Most recently, he was named as a recipient of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" prize. This Great Hemisphere is his second novel. He lives in Brooklyn. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @AskMateo. View titles by Mateo Askaripour

About

"This Great Hemisphere is an inventive and immersive epic that follows its brave invisible protagonist as she navigates a futuristic new world that often mirrors our own. A thrilling page-turner." —Brit Bennett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half

From the award-winning and bestselling author of Black Buck: A speculative novel about a young woman—invisible by birth and relegated to second-class citizenship—who sets off on a mission to find her older brother, whom she had presumed dead but who is now the primary suspect in a high-profile political murder.


Despite the odds, Sweetmint, a young invisible woman, has done everything right her entire life—school, university, and now a highly sought-after apprenticeship with the Northwestern Hemisphere’s premier inventor, a non-invisible man belonging to the Dominant Population who is as eccentric as he is enigmatic. But the world she has fought so hard to build after the disappearance of her older brother comes crashing down when authorities claim that not only is he well and alive, he’s also the main suspect in the murder of the Chief Executive of the Northwestern Hemisphere. 

A manhunt ensues, and Sweetmint, armed with courage, intellect, and unwavering love for her brother, sets off on a mission to find him before it’s too late. With five days until the hemisphere’s big election, Sweetmint must dodge a relentless law officer who’s determined to maintain order and an ambitious politician with sights set on becoming the next Chief Executive by any means necessary.

With the captivating worldbuilding of N. K. Jemisin’s novels and blazing defiance of Naomi Alderman’s work, This Great Hemisphere is a novel that brilliantly illustrates the degree to which reality can be shaped by non-truths and vicious manipulations, while shining a light on our ability to surprise ourselves when we stop giving in to the narratives others have written for us.

Reviews

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by People, Elle, New York Post, The Root, New Scientist, Ebony, Screen Rant, Betches, Book Riot, Literary Hub, CrimeReads, Gizmodo, She Reads, Psychopomp, Maris Review, Parade, Well-Read Black Girl, and Daily Kos

An Amazon Book of the Month

“A masterful mashup of two time-tested literary genres: the quest to return to family and home and a propulsive, pulse-pounding, twisty political thriller. In both of these dimensions, Askaripour soars . . . The narrative has a forceful momentum and love emerges as the most powerful force in this relentlessly page-turning novel.”
Boston Globe

“Wildly imaginative and often wondrously lush. Askaripour traces the perils of racial betrayal and the rewards of collusion with the point of a bloodied knife.”
—Ron Charles, Washington Post

This Great Hemisphere is a sprawling speculative-fiction narrative that tackles racism, classism, and the perpetual power struggle of politics. But it also delivers a heartwarming story about a young woman learning to navigate the world . . . Askaripour possesses a powerful imagination, and it is in full display . . . Rich, multilayered, [with] some dazzling passages.”
—Gabino Iglesias, NPR

“A cinematic epic.”
—People

“With remarkable world-building, Askaripour takes readers on a vast and winding adventure through a future split by hemispheres, visibility, and power.”
Elle, "The Best New Books to Read in Summer 2024"

“[An] engrossing epic.”
New York Post

"A rollicking read, just like his debut."
—Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor, "Amazon's Most Anticipated Books of Summer"

“A big, juicy speculative epic—part thriller, part mystery, part adventure, part SF yarn, part social satire, part allegory of colonialism.”
Literary Hub, “Most Anticipated Books of 2024”

“Fans of speculative fiction will love This Great Hemisphere . . .  a gripping novel.”
The Root, “July 2024 Books By Black Authors We Can't Wait to Read”
 
“The divided world of The Great Hemisphere allows for a thought-provoking [and] fast-paced story as Sweetmint is pulled into a dangerous mystery . . .  As Askaripour's novel follows her through this chaos, the author explores the ways that society's concept of reality can be manipulated.”
Screen Rant, “10 Most-Anticipated Sci-Fi Books Coming Out In July 2024”
 
“An eye-opening dystopian adventure set in a future world.”
Ebony, “Get Lit! Black Authors to Read in July”

"The page-turning prose and standout characters will appeal to a wide range of readers. Part sf adventure, part mystery, part social satire, this is a vividly imagined and captivating story."
—Booklist *starred review*

“This energetic, speculative deconstruction of colonialism feels like watching an expert put together a 1000-piece jigsaw.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Propulsive… A page-turning vision of a future made all too plausible by our volatile present.”
Kirkus

“Part political thriller and part sci-fi, This Great Hemisphere similarly explores the allure of power and the lengths people go to gain and retain it, but it’s also a story about rebellion, resilience and the strength to shape your own future.”
—BookPage

“A stunning and compelling work of social justice speculative fiction.”
Library Journal

"This Great Hemisphere is an inventive and immersive epic that follows its brave invisible protagonist as she navigates a futuristic new world that often mirrors our own. A thrilling page-turner."
—Brit Bennett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half

"This Great Hemisphere is a boldly imaginative sophomore novel from Askaripour. Too few writers have the courage to dream this big."
—Jason Mott, National Book Award-winning author of Hell of a Book

This Great Hemisphere is a tense, urgent exploration of power in all its forms and how it corrupts. It's a story of America and subjugation and hope and all the things some may choose not to see. An allegory reminiscent of Colson Whitehead's Intuitionist and Zone One, this one will keep your brain churning long after you've finished it.”
—Yume Kitasei, author of The Stardust Grail

“Mateo Askaripour's This Great Hemisphere is a wildly imaginative novel, bursting with cinematic fervor. The world-building here is meticulous and astounding. The characters are so well-realized that they haunt the heart, motivate the mind, and shake the soul. The story itself strikes the perfect balance between wisdom and warning. I can't help but to think that the spirit of the great prophet Octavia Butler hovers over This Great Hemisphere. And quiet as it’s kept, Mateo Askaripour just might be that level of oracle, too. This is a fiery must-read.”
—Robert Jones, Jr., author of The New York Times bestselling novel, The Prophets, a finalist for the National Book Award

Author

© Andrew Askaripour
New York Times bestselling author Mateo Askaripour wants people to feel seen. His first novel, Black Buck, takes on racism in corporate America with humor and wit. Askaripour was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “10 rising stars to make waves,” and Black Buck was a Read With Jenna Today Show book club pick. Most recently, he was named as a recipient of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" prize. This Great Hemisphere is his second novel. He lives in Brooklyn. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @AskMateo. View titles by Mateo Askaripour