It devours!

Joseph Fink

Book - 2017

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God. Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as h...er guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.

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Series
Welcome to Night Vale novels.
Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Paranormal fiction
Published
New York : HarperPerennial [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
368 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN
006247605X
9780062476050
Main Author
Joseph Fink (author)
Other Authors
Jeffrey Cranor, 1975- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

From the creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast (and the novel that shares its name) comes this very clever horror-mystery-sf tale. Nilanjana works for Carlos, a scientist in Night Vale; science, art, computer ownership, and other matters of sociocultural life are tightly controlled by the draconian city council, so being a scientist—or, in Nilanjana's case, a scientist's assistant—is a bit of a dicey career choice. Even dicier is Nilanjana's latest assignment: to find out what's up with some mysterious goings-on in the desert. Could the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, a religious group that could be more than that, somehow be involved? With a gripping mystery, a very smartly built world (a place similar to our own world but at the same time distinctly other), and a cast of offbeat characters, this novel is a welcome addition to any library's sf shelf. Familiarity with the podcast, or with the previous novel, is helpful but certainly not required. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Fink and Cranor's thought-provoking second novel tied in to the paranormal podcast Welcome to Night Vale (also the title of the first book) examines how religion and science work in a town that doesn't make sense. Nilanjana Sikdar has the difficult job of being a scientist in Night Vale. After head scientist Carlos gives her a secret assignment to investigate a rumbling in the desert, Nilanjana meets Darryl Ramirez, a member of the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and asks him out on a date. During her investigation, she becomes convinced that the Joyous Congregation has something to do with the rumbling. Nilanjana and Darryl, along with their scientist and worshipper friends, must work together to figure out what is threatening the town and stop it. They neatly sidestep clichés and instead become wholly three-dimensional characters. The relationship between science and religion is satisfyingly explored with humor and insight. Readers need not be familiar with the podcast or the previous book to enjoy this work, but fans will appreciate the cameos from well-known Night Vale residents. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When her leading scientist employer gives her an assignment to investigate mysterious rumblings in the desert wasteland outside of the town of Night Vale, Nilanjana Sikdar discovers the existence of a congregation of religious fanatics, including the powerfully attractive Darryl, who are plotting a ritual that threatens the local community. 150,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When her employer gives her an assignment to investigate mysterious rumblings in the desert wasteland outside of the town of Night Vale, Nilanjana Sikdar discovers a congregation of religious fanatics who are plotting a ritual that threatens the local community.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A new page-turning mystery about science, faith, love and belonging, set in a friendly desert community where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are commonplace parts of everyday life. Welcome to Night Vale''Brilliant, hilarious, and wondrously strange. I'm packing up and moving to Night Vale! 'Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A new page-turning mystery about science, faith, love and belonging, set in a friendly desert community where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are commonplace parts of everyday life. Welcome to Night Vale…“Brilliant, hilarious, and wondrously strange. I’m packing up and moving to Night Vale! –Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town’s top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation’s darkest and most terrible secret.