A World Without You
What if finding her means losing himself?
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 19, 2016 by Razorbill
“A story that’s both heartbreaking and hopeful.”
“A page-turning psychological thriller in which mental illness is tragic.”
“Revis’s account of grief, loss, first love, and anguish, presented through a lens of mental illness, is a must-read.”
–Voya, starred review
“A gripping exploration of a young man’s struggle with delusions and grief.”
Can Bo live in a world without Sofia?
Bo cannot imagine a world without his girlfriend Sofia. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to. Even though he accidentally got her stuck in the past, he’s attending an elite school for kids with powers that should help him gain better control of his time traveling abilities and save her. Although the appearance of some nosy government officials at the secret school may cause some problems…
Phoebe can all too easily imagine a world without her brother Bo. Without him, her mother wouldn’t retreat into herself with worry. Her father wouldn’t lock himself away and pretend like Bo doesn’t have a problem. And she would have a chance to be a normal girl, not the sister to a boy whose paranoid delusions make him think that he has super powers and can travel through time.
As Phoebe learns to speak her heart in a family that uses silence to ignore its problems, Bo must face the fact that if his super powers aren’t real, neither are his chances to save Sofia.
NY Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe trilogy Beth Revis blends genre fiction with real life to create a story about control and chaos, love and family in this heart-wrenching story of holding on and letting go.
What People Are Saying
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“A heartrending, beautifully complex look at mental illness, life, and loss. I tore through the pages, and, days later, this story still has a hold on me.” —Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series and Passenger
“A painfully brilliant and transporting read. This novel has the rare superpower to change and save lives.” —Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not
“Beth Revis delivers us an astonishing shape-shifter of a tale that dazzles and startles at every tense turn. Themes of love, secrets, and heartbreak are woven into a taut and bewitching narrative that will pull you in and not let you go. Don’t forget to breathe.” —Adele Griffin, author of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
“A World Without You is a beautiful, devastating, mind-bending adventure.” —Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program series
“Complex and provocative, A World Without You tackles grief, mental illness, and family dynamics with both grace and generosity. I fell in love with Bo’s story of perseverance in the face of seemingly endless struggle and was left brimming with hope. Readers will emerge from this book a little stronger than when they entered.” —Emily Henry, author of The Love That Split the World
“A story that’s both heartbreaking and hopeful.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
“A page-turning psychological thriller in which mental illness is tragic.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A gripping exploration of a young man’s struggle with delusions and grief.” —Booklist
Awards & Accolades
- Selected for the 2017 ILA Young Adults’ Choices List
- Junior Library Guild Fall 2016 Selection
- Starred Review from Voya
- Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly! Read the full review here.
- Nominated for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award