New J.J. Abrams Project Is a Novella? Ye-‘S.’

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New J.J. Abrams Project Is a Novella? Ye-'S.'Remember that viral video we showed you cats a few days ago regarding the new project from J.J. Abrams? Well, what it is has finally come to light, and it turns out it’s not a movie at all. Of course it could be. You just never know with this guy!

One click over to the website Soon You Will Know reveals that the project, known as S. or Stranger, is actually a novella Abrams wrote with Doug Dorst. It’s due out October 29th from Mulholland Books, and you can pre-order it below.

One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.

The book: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V. M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey.

The writer: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world’s greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumors that swirl around him.

The readers: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they’re willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears.

S., conceived by filmmaker J. J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst, is the chronicle of two readers finding each other in the margins of a book and enmeshing themselves in a deadly struggle between forces they don’t understand, and it is also Abrams and Dorst’s love letter to the written word.



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