• The Vanished Birds

  • A Novel
  • By: Simon Jimenez
  • Narrated by: Shayna Small
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (206 ratings)

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The Vanished Birds

By: Simon Jimenez
Narrated by: Shayna Small
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Publisher's summary

A “highly imaginative and utterly exhilarating” (Thrillist) debut that is “the best of what science fiction can be: a thought-provoking, heartrending story about the choices that define our lives” (Kirkus Reviews, Best Debut Fiction and Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year).

Finalist for the Locus Award • Named One of the Best Books of the Year by Tordotcom and Kirkus Reviews

A mysterious child lands in the care of a solitary woman, changing both of their lives forever. 

I expected many things from this trip. I did not expect a family. 

A ship captain, unfettered from time. A mute child, burdened with unimaginable power. A millennia-old woman, haunted by lifetimes of mistakes. In this captivating debut of connection across space and time, these outsiders will find in each other the things they lack: a place of love and belonging. A safe haven. A new beginning.

But the past hungers for them, and when it catches up, it threatens to tear this makeshift family apart.   

Praise for The Vanished Birds

“This is the most impressive debut of 2020.”(Locus)

“This extraordinary science fiction epic, which delves deep into the perils of failing to learn from one’s mistakes, is perfect for fans of big ideas and intimate reflections.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“A lyrical and moving narrative of space travel, found families, and lost loves set against an evocative space-opera background.” (Booklist, starred review)

The Vanished Birds finds an intimate heartbeat of longing in a saga of galactic progress and its crushing fallout.... A novel of vast scope that yet makes time for compassion, wonder, and poetry.” (Indra Das, author of The Devourers)

©2020 Simon Jimenez (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"This extraordinary science fiction epic, which delves deep into the perils of failing to learn from one’s mistakes, is perfect for fans of big ideas and intimate reflections." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

"A lyrical and moving narrative of space travel, found families, and lost loves set against an evocative space-opera background." (Booklist starred review)

"The Vanished Birds finds an intimate heartbeat of longing in a saga of galactic progress and its crushing fallout.... A novel of vast scope that yet makes time for compassion, wonder, and poetry." (Indra Das, author of The Devourers)