WE ARE NOT ALONE Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest, killing thousands of people. Since then, nothing–or no one–has come out. THEY HAVE ARRIVED If it were up to Alice, she’d be watching all of this on the news from Miami, Florida. Instead, she’s the newest student at a boarding school not far from the crash site–because her dad is the director of special projects for NASA, and if anything’s a special project, it’s this. AND THERE’S NO GOING BACK A shell-shocked country is waiting, glued to televisions and computer screens, for a sign of what the future holds. But when the aliens emerge, they’re nothing like what Alice expected. And only one thing is clear: Nothing will ever be the same again.
Laura and Alec are trained terrorists. Jack and Aubrey are high school students. There was no reason for them to ever meet. But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.
Dead Zone still won’t be released until October, but Kirkus already gave it a glowing review. (For those not in the publishing world, Kirkus advertises themselves as the toughest book critics in the business.) Their review: Picking up where Blackout (2013) left off, Wells continues to look at the impact of terrorism and the morality of war. The United States is under attack, with Russia landing troops in the Pacific Northwest and saboteurs striking without warning. Aubrey and Jack have been recruited into the military, and after just a few weeks of basic training, they are forced into the field on their first mission. With Aubrey’s ability to become invisible and Jack’s to read minds, they hope they can find the secret weapon deployed against them: an electromagnetic-pulse device that knocks out all electrical functions with no warning, wreaking havoc. Little do they know the secret weapon is just like them—a pair of teens infected […]
Benson Fisher thought a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life. He was wrong. Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive. Where breaking the rules equals death. But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible. Reviews of Variant “A chilling, masterful debut… With its clever premise, quick pace, and easy-to-champion characters, Wells’ story is a fast, gripping read with a cliffhanger that will leave readers wanting more.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review, Best Books of 2011) “Variant is an exciting, edge-of-your-seat read that combines psychological themes from works like Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game in a […]
I’ve been thinking about what to say about the Sandy Hook tragedy, but my mind has been too cluttered and conflicted. It wasn’t until tonight that a comment on Facebook suddenly helped me make sense of things. Most of you by now have likely seen or read the article titled “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother”, which has been spread all over Facebook and Twitter. In it, the writer, Liza Long, describes being the mother of a mentally ill teenage boy–a violent boy she can neither control nor understand. The article is very good, and makes important points about the current state of mental healthcare in the United States, and about the culture of violence. But my uncle, Frank Matheson, made the following comment on Facebook, which really moved me: “No, she is not Adam Lanza’s mother. Her story makes it even more inexplicable why Adam Lanza’s actual mother would stock her home with multiple semiautomatic assault […]
I was asked by the Mormon blog RealIntent.org to write an LDS-oriented post about my experiences with mental illness. The article and subsequent discussion can be found here: Understanding Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and OCD
Many of you have asked for an epilogue for Feedback. It’s by far the most popular question I get asked, both online and at conventions. Well, look no farther! On Monday, the 21st, we’re putting together an anthology on IndieGoGo that will contain bonus features: deleted scenes, alternate endings, original opening chapters. And who will be participating? Ally Condie, the foreword Dan Wells, the introduction Annette Lyon, An unpublished chapter from her retelling of the Finnish fairy tale, the Kalevala Aprilynne Pike, TBA Brandon Mull, Deleted scenes from Beyonders 2 Brandon Sanderson, five completely rewritten chapters from The Way of Kings, where Kaladin makes the opposite choice of what he makes in the published novel. Bree Despain, an alternate ending to The Lost Saint, and an alternate beginning to the Shadow Prince. Brodi Ashton, the first chapter from her YA novel about an unwilling alien fighter who has to rescue the boy she loves Claudia Gray, a deleted […]
If you’re looking here for some article I wrote in the past, odds are it isn’t here. It crashed, and I had been neglectful in backing things up. (“Neglectful” meaning “I had never ever done it.”)
Michael Grant, the author of the wildly popular GONE series, had this to say about BLACKOUT. “This eerie look at an all-too-possible future is tense and gripping.” –Michael Grant, New York Times Bestselling Author of the GONE series
Kirkus has given an awesome review of Blackout! Wells’ new novel brings home all the uncertainty and fear that comes from the threat of modern warfare waged with terror. Life in small-town Utah is relatively simple for Aubrey, Nicole and Jack. Fitting in, being popular and getting by are their priorities, until the night of the homecoming dance. They’ve heard about the terrorist attacks being carried out across the country, but nothing has prepared them for the mass roundup of all teens by the U.S. military. A virus has been discovered, leaving some teens with superpowers. Aubrey can become invisible, Jack can read minds, and Nicole can make everyone like her. Some teens were infected on purpose, evaluated for their powers and trained to carry out terrorist attacks designed to bring America to its knees. The government is now fighting back, quarantining all teens to identify those with powers that can be used to establish […]