Author Event: You're Safe Here by Leslie Stephens



Oregon author and creator of the Morning Person newsletter, Leslie Stephens, presents her debut novel, You’re Safe Here, a “[D]ramatic dystopian debut…seamlessly interweaving a chilling tech dystopia, a corporate thriller, and a rocky romance. It’s a heart-pumping ride.” —Publishers Weekly

Wellness, motherhood, and technology converge in a near future California, as three women’s seemingly innocuous decisions have further-reaching consequences than any of them could imagine in this timely, clever, and white-knuckled thriller.


In 2060, the WellPod is the latest launch from the largest tech company the world has ever seen—a fleet of floating personal paradises scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean, focused entirely on health, solitude, and relaxation. Created by an enigmatic founder who will stop at nothing to ensure her company’s success, it is the long-awaited pinnacle of wellness technology. For newly pregnant Maggie, the six-week program is the perfect chance to get away…especially since the baby isn’t her partner’s.

Noa Behar isn’t a perfect fiancée. She’s too distracted, too focused on her work in helping program the WellPod to give Maggie the attention she deserves. But when she discovers something rotten beneath WellPod’s shiny exterior—a history of faulty tech and dangerous cover-ups—she knows one thing: she’ll do whatever it takes to keep Maggie safe.

The problem? The malfunctioning WellPods are already at sea. And there’s a storm coming...


“Stephens' debut novel is dystopia at its best… You’re Safe Here is a brilliant book which explores several themes at once, never losing a beat while doing so.” —Booklist

“Leslie Stephens delivers a debut with a punch: a near-future, Silicon Valley psychological thriller that takes the wellness industry to its dystopian extreme. You’re Safe Here forces us to reexamine the costs of love, safety, and reality in a world where climate chaos has battered the land and biotechnology has pervaded every crevice of human life. And get ready for a ride, because even in a future where Big Tech has made secrets a luxury of the obscenely rich, Leslie Stephens serves up twists on twists on twists, building to an ending that no amount of AI-powered computing could ever hope to predict.” —Nick Fuller Googins, author of THE GREAT TRANSITION

"Leslie Stephens’s near-future debut is a thrilling ride that explores what happens when we trust the tech industry with our wellbeing. Toggling between the experiences of the tech’s creators and users, You’re Safe Here is both an intimate character study during ecological crisis and a complex and deliciously readable jigsaw puzzle, fast-paced and full of surprises." —Katie M. Flynn, author of ISLAND RULE and THE COMPANIONS

"Breathtaking, unique, and urgently prescient. This queer literary sci-fi thriller asks vital questions about what it means to be human in the face of unprecedented technological advancement. Stephens' attention to detail is second to none, rendering a thoroughly believable near-future world floating on a sea of red flags." —Georgia Clark, author of ISLAND TIME


Leslie Stephens is the creator of the popular newsletter Morning Person. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksEater, and other outlets including Cupcakes & Cashmere, where she worked as an editor. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is currently earning her master’s in counseling, with specializations in addiction and ecotherapy, from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her pit-mix, Toast. You can find her at LeslieStephens.com and subscribe at MorningPersonNewsletter.com.


 

 

Event date: 
Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
900 NW Mt. Washington Drive #110
Bend, OR 97703
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ISBN: 9781668034316
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - June 25th, 2024