Carry On

 

Rowell, R. (2015). Carry on. New York: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN: 978-1250049551. Hardcover: $19.99. Also available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook format.
Booklist Editor’s Choice of 2015.

How can Simon be the Chosen One when he can’t even control his magic? Yeah, he’s really powerful, but most of the time he has trouble casting proper spells. It’s just that when he gets angry and “goes off” he can level a forest. Great.

His roommate Baz is a prat, and never lets him forget what a horrible Chosen One he is. Baz is maddeningly perfect and part of one of the most powerful families in the magickal world. Also, Simon is pretty sure Baz is a vampire, which makes it even more maddening that Simon is pretty sure Baz is trying to steal his girlfriend. Still, even though he hates him, Baz is missing this year at school, and Simon is worried.

The magickal world hasn’t been safe lately. A malicious enemy call the Insidious Humdrum has been sucking the magic from Great Britain, leaving gaping holes where magic cannot be used. The Mage, headmaster of the Watford School of Magicks and head of the magickal world, thinks that Simon is destined to defeat the Humdrum, but has been frustratingly cryptic on the particulars of how. Now the old magickal families are threatening to revolt against the Mage. Can Simon find a way to save magic before war breaks out?

Here’s the author talking about her book at a conference:

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