Today we announced Horizon, a supernatural survival series for readers ages 9 and up that will be written by a team of seven authors, anchored by #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld.
This multiplatform series follows in the footsteps of series like The 39 Clues, Spirit Animals, and Infinity Ring, combining books with a fast-paced digital game. The new hardcover book series will launch simultaneously in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, with the first book scheduled for release in January 2017. The second book, penned by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen, will follow in September 2017. Additional authors will be announced at a later date.
What is Horizon?
Horizon is a supernatural survival story following a group of kids who step from the wreckage of a plane crash to find themselves stranded, at odds, and under threat from curious and terrible creatures. The Horizon digital experience is unlike any other Scholastic has released before, launching simultaneously for desktop and mobile. The breakthrough game play, developed in collaboration with author and avid gamer Scott Westerfeld, puts readers on a race for survival within an ever-shifting landscape. The game combines altered physics, the ability to build lifesaving gadgets, an eerie soundscape, and antigravity modes that allow players to fly – or, if they’re not careful, crash.
In an exclusive story, Publishers Weekly says:
...the publisher emphasizes that the core of Horizon, like its multi-platform predecessors, is the reading experience. “For us, the gaming is really about expanding the story – moving from reading to actively exploring the gaming world,” said Levithan. “Most kids like to do both, and to read about a world and then get to be part of it. That never gets old. But none of the success we’ve had with 39 Clues, Spirit Animals, and the other series could have happened if we didn’t have great books by great authors. It’s wonderful to take the reading experience to another level, but the books absolutely stand alone.”