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"Zipper and Mongeon seamlessly weave the thrills and starry-eyed imagination of Star Trek with the introspective heart and humor of a John Hughes film – it's a total blast."
– Seth Grahame-Smith, The New York Times bestselling author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
"Circumstance and coincidence have always played a crucial role in propelling great heroes to assume their respective mantels, and that notion is played to the hilt in 'Devastation Class.' It’s a throwback to classic sci-fi and a must-read for those of us reared on the likes of 'Star Trek' and 'The Outer Limits.' A terrific tale, well told."
– The Providence Journal, Jon Land
“I cannot stress this enough—Devastation Class was just good fun. And right now that’s worth traveling to the moon and back for.”
– The Daily Beast, Laura Bradley
"Devastation Class looks to be a new classic YA series; gripping, pacey and action-packed. It reminded me in the best way of the universe-building stories of Heinlein and Card. The cliffhangers matter in this one so looking forward to the next”
– Alex Winter, Director (Panama Papers, Showbiz Kids & Zappa) & actor (Bill & Ted Face the Music) in People Magazine
"Devastation Class has everything I look for in a book – great characters, action, humor, and a lot of heart. Sci-fi fans across the spectrum are going to love it. I can't wait to see where the series goes from here."
– Gregory Jacobs, Producer of Contagion and Edge of Tomorrow
“Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, and a lot of the time, it’s easier just to do nothing. But when you decide to make a stand, are you willing to risk everything, even your life, for the cause? Authors Glen Zipper and Elaine Mongeon explore this idea of self-sacrifice for the greater good in their new novel, Devastation Class.”
– John Scalzi, author of The Last Emperox
“Reminiscent of Enders Game by Orson Scott Card, excellent world-building, character development, escalating tension and suspense. Highly Recommend.”
– Kim Childress, Girls’ Life Editor
"Mongeon and Zipper’s writings excel at fascinating the reader. Whether it is with the technology of the ship or someone special on board (no spoilers), these two clearly were meant to be sci-fi space drama writing partners. I mean, J.J. Abrams should be calling them for pointers on his next sci fi series! Devastation Class captivates readers, making pages turn quickly and establishing an investment in the characters. Your adrenaline will be pumping and your mind will be racing hoping these cadets can make it out safe and sound. Plus, who isn’t a sucker for a will they – won’t they situation?"
– Starry Constellation Magazine
“The themes of self-discovery and eventual disillusionment with reality are classic ones in YA novels, and they are well-placed here. Much attention is paid to keeping the adrenaline level high and the plot moving… A futuristic adventure that packs in the action…recommended for teen Trekkies looking for something fast and furious.”
– School Library Journal
"Devastation Class is a rare gem of a space story, packed with twists, hair-raising action, and delicious moral quandary. I instantly fell in love with its band of rebel prodigies--and had my heart broken in the all the right ways. Supremely good sci-fi."
– Jessica Khoury, author of the Corpus Trilogy and Last of Her Name
"Zipper and Mongeon get major points for suspenseful and action-packed storytelling...Loved this action-packed story about teens in space making difficult choices to save humanity as they know it.”
– The Nerd Cantina
“This book has all of the twists and turns that you would expect from an enthralling scifi, plus it reminds me of Star Trek but YA (where my trekkies at?). But this is definitely a unique story on its own that will take you light years away from the mess we’re living in!”
– YA Its Lit
“A book for our times.”
– WGN Chicago “The Dane Neal Show”
“A story packed with self-discovery, action, tension, and great characters!Young readers will enjoy flying through this action-packed story!”
“Devastation Class was a really fun sci fi to dive into! I enjoyed the premise of this book and mixed with the gorgeous cover I was all sorts of hyped to begin. Zipper and Mongeon created a very intricately
“This one really stuck out to me as 'must read'."
“There are tons of twists and turns in this action-packed Sci-Fi book. It reads like an epic Star Trek movie, with world-building and character development taking center stage... Recommend for 7-12 graders.”
– Teachers Who Read