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Hardcover Details
  • 06/2024
  • 978-1-949108-25-5
  • 302 pages
  • $24.99
Paperback Details
  • 06/2024
  • 978-1-949108-26-2
  • 302 pages
  • $17.99
Ebook Details
  • 06/2024
  • 978-1-949108-27-9
  • 302 pages
  • $5.99
Ebook Details
  • 06/2024
  • 978-1-949108-28-6 B0CP4J29QM
  • 302 pages
  • $5.99
Steven Ramirez
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Let’s Get Lost: A Modern Fairy Tale

After joining Bland Corporation’s marketing department, Adam meets the boss’s daughter, Jenny, and they fall in love. As a result, the VP decides to eliminate the junior executive. At Bland’s science division in Cambridge, Adam meets Claire, an eccentric young genius fixated on time travel. Later, he uncovers the VP’s plot and, spiraling, ends up in a mental hospital. Ashamed to face Jenny, he seeks solace in the Hudson Valley with his mad scientist uncle. There, Adam vows to win back Jenny. But how? If only he had a time machine.

Reviews
This surprising retro-speculative romance from Ramirez (author of Tell Me When I’m Dead) finds the son of renowned scientists adrift—and caught up in science-fiction and horror scenarios—after his parents’ untimely death. The amusingly named Adam West’s plan to follow in the footsteps of his parents is derailed in 1960 when their Bland Corporation explodes, killing them instantly. Pivoting from his desire to work as a scientist, recently graduated Adam accepts an offer from the Bland CEO to work in their marketing department, where Adam becomes convinced he can make his mark by creating a marketing campaign focusing on time travel, a concept that Bland scientists are still exploring. But Adam’s grudge-holding new boss assigns Del Dillard, an unreliable alcoholic employee, to partner with Adam. Though Bruce hopes Adam will crash and burn, he fails to anticipate that Adam will start a relationship with Bruce’s 19-year-old daughter, Jenny.

Ramirez expertly evokes the cutthroat era of Mad Men, especially when tragedy strikes during Del and Adam’s slogan presentation of The Future Is Bland, resulting in Adam being admitted to Bellevue Hospital and fracturing his relationship with Jenny. Fortunately for Adam, his family solicitor manages to get him released into the custody of his great-uncle, Nathan West, a scientist whom Adam has never met and lives in the Hudson Valley.

The story moves briskly, as Adam becomes involved in a scientific experiment conducted by his uncle’s research assistant, Halsey Dean, who has somehow managed to bring to life the detached head of a recently-executed serial killer. Though this is a jolting twist, Ramirez’s quirky dialogue and convincing milieu makes it believable, quickly immersing readers into a twisty plotline focusing on how the serial killer’s ability to control others. What began as a sort of coming-of-age narrative about a college grad in the 1960s quickly evolves into a spirited, genre-crossing story that will keep readers riveted until the exciting conclusion.

Takeaway: Surprising romance of science, marketing, and the possibility of time travel in the 1960s .

Comparable Titles: Jonathan Strahan’s Someone in Time, Robert Silverberg’s Recalled to Life.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 06/2024
  • 978-1-949108-25-5
  • 302 pages
  • $24.99
Paperback Details
  • 06/2024
  • 978-1-949108-26-2
  • 302 pages
  • $17.99
Ebook Details
  • 06/2024
  • 978-1-949108-27-9
  • 302 pages
  • $5.99
Ebook Details
  • 06/2024
  • 978-1-949108-28-6 B0CP4J29QM
  • 302 pages
  • $5.99
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