John Green is one of the best known YA authors of our time and is responsible for tearjerkers such as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, breaking the hearts of an entire generation. However, it’s been a while since we had a full length novel, the last The Fault in Our Stars was out in 2012, five years ago!
All that changed this week with the news that there’s a brand new full length novel coming from John Green this October, his first for five years! Turtles All the Way Down will be out on October 10th of this year and although there’s not yet a cover reveal, it is available for pre-order now.
The book begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward and it turns out to be a story of lifelong friendships, reunions and Green’s trademark unflinching clarity. Basically, that’s publisher speak for ‘it’s going to break your heart in a way that only John Green can.’
When I saw the name of the novel I was curious to find there are many books for sale with the same name. I ended up searching for the phrase and here’s what Wiki says:
“Turtles all the way down” is an expression of the infinite regress problem in cosmology posed by the “unmoved mover” paradox. The metaphor in the anecdote represents a popular notion of the model that Earth is actually flat and is supported on the back of a World Turtle, which itself is propped up by a column of turtles. Questioning what the final turtle might be standing on, the anecdote humorously concludes that it is “turtles all the way down”.
The phrase is a metaphor, similar to ‘the chicken and the egg problem’ and we’re guessing reading the new novel it will become clear why the name was selected.
You can pre-order Turtles All the Way Down now from your local bookshop, or from Amazon in time for its release on October 10th, and we can already guess the book that will be at the top of this year’s Christmas bestsellers list for teens and young adults!
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