Meet Me in the Strange
by Leander Watts
Publication date: March 27th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
From the author of Beautiful City of the Dead and Stonecutter comes a dreamy, atmospheric coming of age story that will appeal to readers of all ages.
Davi tries to help a new friend, Anna Z, escape a cruel and controlling brother, and the teens end up running away to follow the tour of their rock idol, the otherworldly Django Conn. The story is set in a weird and wonderful retro-futuristic city of glam-girls and glister-boys and a strange phenomenon that Anna Z calls the “Alien Drift.”
5 of 5 stars
As I was reading "Meet Me in the Strange" I wondered if the author knew music, real music. Because each chapter flowed effortlessly into another, like movements in a symphony, or maybe a rock opera. Dialogue between characters rose and fell in rhythmic waves. The pulse-pounding songs sung by Django Conn and his band carried me along with Davi and Anna Z. The cocktail of retro, like a darkly tilted mirror of our history, lunar landings and Ziggy Stardust, blended with science fiction offered a surprisingly modern feel. The setting, while important, didn't matter half so much as the characters, Davi and the wild lyrical girl who alters his worldview.
Rarely do books transport me so fully and effectively, until I thought I could see the passing light of Alien Drift. I love how this was as much a thrilling coming-of-age as a love letter to youth, words and music.
An avid musician, Leander Watts has played and sung for decades in a wide variety of bands. His interests range from garage rock to skronky jazz, from baroque organ to Appalachian gospel. The first rock concert he attended was David Bowie on the Diamond Dogs tour in 1974. He teaches writing and literature at the State University of New York at Geneseo (his alma mater). Leander Watts is the author of Stonecutter, Wild Ride to Heaven, Ten Thousand Charms, and Beautiful City of the Dead.