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Inspection

(2019)
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Boys are being trained at one school for geniuses, girls at another. Neither knows the other exists - until now. The New York Times best-selling author of Bird Box invites you into a world of secrets and chillsin a coming-of-age story like no other.

"Josh Malerman is a master at unsettling you - and keeping you off-balance until the last page is turned." (Chuck Wendig, New York Times best-selling author of Blackbirds)

J is a student at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world.

J is one of only 26 students, all of whom think of the school's enigmatic founder as their father. J's peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know - and all they are allowed to know.

But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he's beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest, in a school very much like J's, a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.

Praise for Inspection:

"Creepy. . . a novel whose premise is also claustrophobic and unsettling, but more ambitious than that of Bird Box . . . Inspection is rich with dread and builds to a dramatic climax." (The Washington Post)

"This unlikely cross between 1984 and Lord of the Flies tantalizes." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Malerman builds a striking world. . . . As he did in Bird Box, Malerman's crafted an irresistible scenario that's rich in possibility and thematic fruit. . . . Where [Bird Box] confined us behind a blindfold, Inspection rips it off." (The A. V. Club)

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"Engaging and suspenseful! Malerman creates a fiendish fairy tale of a world where boy was never meant to meet girl and the hell unleashed when they finally do." - J D Barker

"A twisted fairy tale set in a truly unique world that should not be spoiled, Josh Malerman’s Inspection reimagines the pillars of childhood in a smart, witty, and compulsively readable story of growth and rebellion. Read it and enjoy the discovery." - Scott Hawkins

"Inspection proves that Josh Malerman is a master magician of narrative form. He’s distilled the zeitgeist of our terrible times into this dazzling chameleon of a story, part Grimm’s fairy tale of innocent youth, part dystopian gender politics, and authoritarianism run amok, with a satisfying Tarantino-esque ending." - Alma Katsu

"A wonderfully mad bit of narrative knotwork, braiding together threads of The Handmaid’s Tale and BioShock with aplomb. Malerman is a master at unsettling you—and keeping you off-balance until the last page is turned." - Chuck Wendig


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March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Inspection: A Novel
Author(s): Josh Malerman
ISBN: 1-5247-9699-9 / 978-1-5247-9699-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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January 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Inspection
Author(s): Josh Malerman
ISBN: 1-4091-9317-9 / 978-1-4091-9317-3 (UK edition)
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September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Inspection: A Novel
Author(s): Josh Malerman
ISBN: 1-5247-9701-4 / 978-1-5247-9701-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Inspection
Author(s): Josh Malerman
ISBN: 1-4091-9316-0 / 978-1-4091-9316-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Inspection
Author(s): Josh Malerman
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June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Inspection
Author(s): Josh Malerman
Publisher: Orion
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June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Inspection
Author(s): Josh Malerman
Publisher: Orion
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March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Inspection: A Novel
Author(s): Josh Malerman
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Inspection: A Novel
Author(s): Josh Malerman
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Inspection
Author(s): Josh Malerman
Publisher: Orion
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March 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Inspection: A Novel
Author(s): Josh Malerman
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA