The Sixth Event
Kristen Morie Osisek
Evernight Teen Publishing/ 74K words
Eighteen-year-old Raquel isn't eighteen anymore...
During Raquel's first semester of college, she witnesses the end of the world, only to wake up in her old room at her parents' house two years in the past. Even worse, it seems she's the only one who remembers—until Chris Lyley, a boy Raquel always thought was a loser, tells her he remembers the catastrophe.
Before long, they both discover new abilities. They're able to understand any language and teleport through time and space. If Raquel and Chris can figure out what caused the end of their world, maybe they can stop it.
My heart pounded as my white ceiling greeted me when I opened my eyes.
I blinked frantically, the vision of the rock hitting me still fresh in my mind, the instantaneous crushing sensation throughout my body fading to a dull, residual mental ache. Fear crashed and faded in a wave of relief when it all resolved into the deep blackness of my dorm room.
That had been one hell of a dream.
I narrowed my eyes, still staring up at the ceiling. My dorm ceiling was gray, not white.
I sat up and turned to the left expecting the glaring green glow of my digital clock. Instead, I was greeted with the dim shape of a dresser, outlined in the rosy hue of a rising sun.
My pink and white dresser at my parent’s house.
Shock spread through me, sending tingles down to my toes. My bedroom was coming into view, not my dorm room.
A stuffed dog sat at the foot of my bed. Instead of the giant glass window over the football field, my lace pink curtains fluttered in a warm California breeze, a copy of Teen Vogue sitting on the sill.
I rolled over and stood, grabbing the magazine. Justin Bieber smiled at me from the October 2010 cover.
Impossible. This was impossible.
“Elsie!” I shouted my roommate’s name. The magazine hit the floor with a ruffle of pages. The plush, carpeted floor, not the hard tiles of my room at college.
My comfy bed, complete with a feather mattress, took up the same side of the room it always had. My computer desk sat at the far side of the bed, the blocky Dell PC taking up most of the space. A life sciences textbook lay next to it, the image of a tiger on the front coming into focus as my eyes adjusted to the darkness. On the floor, my giant shoulder bag from high school lay with papers strewn around it. I took a step closer, peering at the letters, my heart pounding so hard I didn’t think to turn on the light.
High school biology notes. I had taken biology in my junior year.
I fled, my door banging against the wall as I ran to the bathroom, flicking on the light.
Elsie wasn’t here. I stared into the mirror of my parent’s bathroom, at my frizzy brown hair. I didn’t look so different. A little bit shorter, a little bit ganglier. No freshmen fifteen. I still had that annoying pattern of three pimples that kept coming back on my chin.
But I was still younger. Not eighteen, not a college student.
A girl in high school. High school. Again.
I stared in shock. This couldn’t be true. It must still be part of the dream, part of the green sky and rocks hitting me. I blinked hard, touching my nightgown, pinching my arm until I winced with pain.
“Mom!” I shrieked so loud I thought the mirror would shatter. “Mom, Mom, Mom!”
My mother came rushing in, her robe pulled tightly around her. “Raquel, what is it?” Her hair framed her face in an unruly brown cloud, her eyes wide and face pale. “What’s wrong?” She was as scared as I was.
“What happened?” I shouted as I grabbed her. “What happened?”
“What do you mean?” She pulled me out of the hug, looking into my eyes. “Raquel, what is wrong? Are you sick?”
In the glaring bathroom light, I stared into her wide eyes. She stared back at me, full of concern, full of worry for her daughter.
“The…I died. There were birds dying, and a rock hit me, and I should be in college…” I babbled, and she shook her head, gripping me tight.
“Raquel, it was a nightmare. That’s all.”
“What’s going on?” My dad’s voice shouted from the dark hallway.
“Nothing, dear,” my mother shouted back. “Raquel just had a little night terror.”
“At sixteen?” Disbelief and exhaustion edged his voice. “Go to sleep, Raquel,” he added, mumbling.
My heart pounded harder, even as I shut my mouth, looking back into the mirror. The mirror in my parent’s house, where a sixteen-year-old me stared back. My stomach flipped, then sank into my feet.
I was two years younger. The world was two years younger.
And no one else remembered anything.
Hello everyone! I’m here to talk about The Sixth Event, my first book. It’s a YA sci fi with a lot of thriller elements and some romance. I hope everyone gets the chance to read and enjoy it !
How did you come up with the idea for the book?
I’ve always had the concept of traveling back in time and reliving parts of your life rattling around in my head. I even wrote a short story that featured that idea back in college, about a girl who has to change her life’s trajectory to avoid dying in a future car crash. In addition, I’ve always been fascinated by pre-history, and wanted a story that would involve characters exploring different epochs throughout Earth’s history. When the ideas combined, I got The Sixth Event! I wanted to make it a thriller and give it high stakes, and thus the goal of stopping the apocalypse by investigating previous extinction events was born.
What book are you currently reading?
At the moment, I’m reading a nonfiction book about animal intelligence called “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” I’ve always loved animals, and would love to learn more about animal intelligence. Before that, though, I just finished the latest book in the Lunar Chronicles, Winter. I’d definitely recommend that series for sci fi fans too!
Working on another book?
I have tons of books in the works. I love science fiction and fantasy, of course, so the next book I’m working on is a fantasy that is the first in a series. It’s about a girl who can cross between the human world and fairy realm at will, and must learn about the politics of the fairy realm in order to protect her human town. I’m also working on another YA sci fi, but that one ist oo early in development to talk about. I’m a seat of the pants writer, so it might change.
Why this genre?
Science fiction combines predictions for the future with learning about the past, especially in The Sixth Event, where the whole point of the book is learning about the past in order to save the future. I love the creativity that SF allows, and the situations that you can create. And unlike fantasy, a lot of research goes into it too, which I like to do. I like making sure my world makes sense, at least within the story.
I hope everyone enjoys The Sixth Event!
Kristen Morie-Osisek has always had a fascination with the
natural world. She is an academic by trade who specializes
in addiction research, but also has a healthy interest in geology
and the history of the planet. She focuses on writing science
fiction and fantasy. The Sixth Event is Kristen’s debut book
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