Following the success of interactive properties like The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals, Scholastic has a new multiplatform program in the works centered around Horizon, a supernatural survival book and game series for tweens and teens.
Horizon, which follows a diverse group of kids who step from the wreckage of a plane crash to find themselves stranded and under threat from curious and terrible creatures, will be written by a team of seven authors, with the series’ first book penned by Scott Westerfeld (pictured), author of science-fiction novel Uglies.
Westerfeld’s hardcover book will launch simultaneously in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada in January 2017. The second book, penned by Jennifer A. Nielsen, is set to follow in September 2017. Additional authors will be announced in the coming months.
The initiative combines the books with a desktop and mobile digital game (also developed in collaboration with Westerfeld) that allows readers to test their survival skills. The game combines altered physics, the ability to build gadgets, a soundscape and anti-gravity modes that allow players to fly on-screen.