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“No one’s coming for us. Not our families, not the police. No one.”

Ryan, Jes, Alyn and Elsa are Nowhere; a concrete cube in the middle of a dense forest. Imprisoned inside are one hundred teenagers from all over the country. They’re all criminals… but none of them remember committing any crimes. Who has put them there? What do their captors want? And how will they ever break free…?”

NOWHERE is the first of a trilogy wasΒ released by Puffin in July 2013. The Spanish rights were purchased by RBA Libros, and the book was released as Sin Lugar in Spain.


“We’re miles from anywhere and we din’t have a clue where we’re going…”

Deep in a snow covered forest, Alyn, Jes, Ryan and Elsa have escaped from prison. Now they’re being hunted.Β They quickly realise they have a special talent: they can control the world around them. Now they must use this skill to stop themselves falling into greater danger. But can they master it before their deadly enemies close in… for good?

ANYWHERE was released by Penguin books in July 2014. It was released in Spain as Sin Rumbo.


“We left one prison… you’re not keeping us in another!”

In hiding with the mysterious Guild, Alyn, Jes and their friends learn of a way to destroy the prison called Nowhere and end the Pledge’s project for good. But another far more dangerous figure has plans to send the country spiralling into anarchy and chaos. Will the gang be able to stop him in time … or might it already be too late?

SOMEWHERE is released July 2015.


57 responses to “BOOKS

  1. So exciting to see the cover – very eye-catching without giving anything away! Interesting how different publishers take such different approaches to them – including when to release them. Do they have some sort of theme planned to apply the look to the trilogy?

  2. Thanks Lexi! I’m so sad that I actually printed it off and stuck the print out around another book, so I can pretend it’s on my shelf. Yep, I think the next two will have a similar design…

  3. Have just read the book (part of an unpublished book club) and it was amazing! But please say that there is a sequel because it seems to end on a massive cliff-hanger; I am laughing and crying with shock!

    • Hello Rebecca,

      Thanks so much for your comment – there is indeed a sequel – I’m working on it as we speak!

      And if you thought book 1 was shocking, I can’t wait to see what you think of book 2 πŸ™‚

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend,


  4. Hi, thank goodness! I could not bear it if that was the end…and I look forward to book 2! I cannot wait to see if they manage to get out of it πŸ˜€

    • Great to hear you’re looking forward to it – book 2 (“Anywhere”) will probably be released Summer 2014, with the 3rd and final book (“Somewhere”) 2015. Not sure if the schedules are 100% yet, it probably depends on how fast I work πŸ™‚

      • They sound fantastic, but I don’t think I can wait that long…I don’t want to rush you though!

    • I’m afraid so Jodi – believe me, July can’t come quick enough…I just hope it lives up to your expectations now! πŸ™‚

  5. Summers 2014 and 2015 for the sequels? Oh the suspense might just kill me. xD I just finished reading the first book (Waterstones unpublished book reviewer) and it’s really brilliant. Can’t wait for the next one!

  6. My son was so impresssed by you on Friday. You inspired him into psychology, he now wants to learn more. And of course, I just purchased your book, it will be a nice surprise for him when he turns on his Kindle. I don’ t think my son had ever been so impressed by any author before. He came back home so excited and wanted to share, which is unusual for him. Thank you.

    • Wow, thank you so much for your comment Ewa – it has made my evening! I’m absolutely delighted that your son was excited and inspired. I hope he enjoys the book πŸ™‚

  7. I’ve just read No Where and it’s a really gripping book. It’s one of those few books that gets me thinking, not about the book but about the meaning of life and what life is really about. I simply cannot wait for your next book. Do you know when it’ll come out?

    • Hi Swathi

      Thank you so much for your comment – so pleased that it has got you thinking! That is always the kind of response that we authors love to hear πŸ™‚ The sequel, ANYWHERE, should be out in June 2014, but I will keep you posted on here if anything changes!

      All the best,

    • Thanks so much Dan! Currently spending my Friday night editing book 2, so always great to hear people are looking forward to it πŸ™‚

  8. I just loved Nowhere. It was so gripping I read it in two hours! I also have a book response to do on it. Would you be able to help me please?
    First of all, what do u say the genre is? And does your book have a purpose or a message to send?
    Anyway if you could anwser my questions it would be great, and I can’t wait for Anywhere!!!!

  9. Hello Margaux, thanks so much for your comment – what a superb couple of questions!

    In terms of genre, I really wanted the book to not be confined to any one genre in particular – some people have said it is sci fi, others have said conspiracy thriller – book 2, Anywhere, has elements of different genres still! So from my point of view it is probably a dystopian, conspiracy, sci-fi, adventure, fantasy, prison-break, mystery, survival thriller (!). (But if you want to play it safe, I guess “dystopian thriller” is a much simpler alternative πŸ™‚

    As for the second question, it definitely does – but some of the “big” questions/ideas will be made clear by the book 2 as there is still a lot of mystery in the first book. One of the big things I’m interested in (like The Pledge) is “can chaos be controlled”? In other words, can a utopian society really be created and sustained, or is it always doomed to fail? And if such a society can be created, at what cost? (obviously the children have been captured to aid the Pledge’s goal, so this brings up another question about what can/should be done for the greater good, even if it causes the suffering of a few).

    The real big theme of the trilogy is power, and the corrupting nature of power. You’ll see exactly what I mean by this in Anywhere. There are plenty of other ideas and themes too, and I talk about these during events I do with schools. I have always been into psychology and am really influenced by a number of psychology studies (such as the blue eye/brown eye study in which children with brown eyes were told by their teacher they weren’t as clever as children with blue eyes, badly behaved and much slower ….. and after being tested their behaviour and test results actually changed to live up to this – even though it was complete nonsense!) So kind of related to this – in NOWHERE, one of the things I’m interested in is if the guards and adults labelling the children as bad people and criminals and thugs, and being made to accept that they are prisoners actually makes them behave a lot worse than they usually would!

    Hope this helps in some way, let me know if you have any other questions!

  10. Thank you so much Jon, this really helped to understand the book and the answers I needed for my book response. I congratulate you on your great book and hope that the next ones will be as good!
    Thank you so much,

  11. OMG !!!!!loved the book sooooooo much – y do u keep me waiting so long for the next one !!!! No pressure but if at all possible please hurry up !!!!!!

    • Haha – thanks so much Amelia – I have literally just finished all of the edits for Anywhere, so it’ll be here in just a couple of months πŸ™‚

      So, so pleased to hear you enjoyed it – thank you!

  12. It’s great! That mysterious lady coming out of nowhere (no pun intended) left me really baffled and perplexed! Can’t wait to see how the next story unfolds. I am anticipating it in complete jubilation! 😱
    You also came to my school recently (December or January) so I believe that was excellent and you certainly have one more fan in your fan base…

    • Great to hear that Usayd – thanks so much for saying so! (You won’t be baffled for much longer as book 2 is out very shortly) πŸ™‚

  13. Wow! this book was amazing. I am not usually a keen reader but I read this book in 2 days, so you’ve converted me! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read the second book….
    Thanks xx
    Flo :o)

    • Thanks so much for your comment Flo, what an awesome thing to read first thing on a Saturday morning – so pleased you enjoyed it!

  14. Just finished the first 2 books and I absolutely cannot wait for the last. I don’t know if I can wait that long!

    • So pleased to hear that – I’ve almost finished SOMEWHERE – I’ll be submitting it to my editors at the end of the month!

  15. Hey Jon! I just want to know if the second book is already in Spanish. I hope so! I’ll thank you to tell me the title to make it easier to find. I loved the first and can not wait to read the next. Thanks a lot!

  16. OMG I am such a fan of your books like seriously!!! I have read nowhere and am quickly devouring anywhere!! I seriously haven’t read books like these in a long time and have recommended them to all my friends!!! How long is it till ‘somewhere’ comes out as I cannot wait another year for it!!!! Keep being an amazing writer!!


    • Hey Trini, thanks so much for your comment – I’m so pleased that you’ve been enjoying them, it means so much to hear that! Somewhere is out June/July 2015 (just handed in my last lot of edits today in fact) so not too long now!

      Thanks again,


  17. Do u think you could give us a quick extract from your last book? πŸ™‚ I love your books and can’t wait for the last one to come out. I have just done a project about my favourite author on you!

    • Hey Harry – wow, that’s so cool, I don’t think anyone’s ever done a project on me before, ha ha! Here’s a (very brief) extract …

      β€˜This way,’ Emmanuel said, a lantern clutched in his hand.
      Dressed formally in a grey suit, his tidy black hair and calm demeanour gave no clue as to his intentions; he was a blank canvas, a seemingly ordinary man, the kind of man you might pass on the street and give no further thought to. Still, Alyn detected something cold yet strangely compelling about him.
      Something dangerous.
      β€˜You can stay here with me,’ Emmanuel continued. β€˜This is a safe place, somewhere the Pledge will never find you.’
      Alyn followed him through a narrow arch, brushing his dark fringe out of his eyes.

      Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

    • I certainly do Harry – I’ve started writing a few (a couple have been “adult” books) and I’m halfway through another YA novel. It’s not part of a series. I can’t give too much away, but it’s about a girl with a very unusual (and dangerous) job. More info coming soon! πŸ™‚

    • Hey Harry, yes I do have a girlfriend (actually fiancee – she would tell me off if I forgot that!!) My birthday is in November (but the actual date is a secret) πŸ™‚

  18. I’m so sad now I have finished ‘somewhere’ !! I absolutely loved this trilogy!!! I would totally read anything you come up with next!
    I loved the scene in the epilogue- is that leading towards another story?
    Poor Ryan though…

    • Hey Kaitlyn

      Thanks so much, I’m really glad you enjoyed it.

      As someone else noted, in the man in the epilogue may not actually be Emmanuel trying to get the project started again…… Maybe, as someone suggested, it’s one of the escaped inmates, who realise a decade or two in the future that Emmanuel was right, and are now trying to copy what he did….

      *cue spooky music*

      I’m not saying either way, just wanted to throw that out there πŸ™‚

      Thanks again for following the series Kaitlyn, I massively appreciate it. My next book is about a girl, set in the medieval period. I’m really, really excited about it and can’t wait to share more information on here with you!

  19. I realised I stopped reading The Hunger Games just so I could read your trilogy because I found it so much better!
    I would of never come up with the idea of using probability for magic- it’s actually realistic, like it could actually be true (I WOULD LOVE THAT!)
    I would certainly look forward to another book in the trilogy if you ever decided to make it!
    I will be getting your book as soon as it comes out! Keep writing!

    • What an amazing compliment!

      I’m so glad you like the idea of being able to manipulate probability; I met one student in a school who had read the books and was convinced he actually had the Ability himself, so there may be people out there!!


      • Well I’m sure everyone thought about having the ability after reading your book!
        Congratulations on finishing your series anyway! πŸ˜€

    • I’d like to think they do see each other again… What do you think?

      Also, as someone else said, maybe the mysterious figure at the end of somewhere isn’t Emmanuel; maybe it’s Alyn in the future?… Something to think about anyway! πŸ™‚

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