The Warning (Paperback)

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The end is coming. What would you do? The first in a fast-paced and gripping YA dystopian series for anyone who's ever felt like their life—their world—is on the brink of destruction.

Like most high school seniors, Alexandra Lucas is caught between living in the moment and an unknown future. Her anxiety disorder doesn't make that any easier. But she's coping—until her train stops on the way home from a concert with her boyfriend. At first, she's worried about breaking curfew. Then terror echoes through their train car.

A mysterious doorway has appeared beside the tracks, and a hologram claiming to be a human from the future shares a sinister warning. A comet is on a collision course with earth. All life there will end in six months' time. To survive, people must step through one of the many portals that have opened around the world. 

The holograms claim to offer safety. But how can anyone be sure? Stay or go—everyone must make their own choice. Alex's family, her friends, her boyfriend all have different ideas. Alex is only sure of one thing: she wants to decide for herself. But every decision comes at a price.

Finalist for the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Award

Winner of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award

About the Author

Kristy Acevedo loves to write stories that make people think and give people hope. She is a public high school English teacher, gardener, and Star Trek fan. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. Learn more at

Praise For…

"Acevedo's sci-fi series opener gives a tense, gripping look at the early days of an apocalypse... A heart-pounding cliff-hanger ending will pull readers to the sequel." — Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781728268392
ISBN-10: 1728268397
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: The Warning