A wrecked alien flightsuit is discovered in the Appalachian Mountains, and the alien wants it back.
Growing up poor in a virtual era isolates 14 year-old Leo. The others are immersed in a digital world he cannot access.
He’s left to explore miles of wilderness bounded by the Nolichucky River and encircling Appalachian mountain ridges of Bumpas Cove, Tennessee. Beyond the last broken and tilted pieces of a crumbling asphalt road, he discovers the abandoned village where Iron Mountain’s mine workers lived. He walks inside empty houses and mine-works searching for toys and relics of the families that lived there decades before. In this place, being alone feels natural.
He returns daily, looking for forgotten things. Crawling through a streambed under a tunnel of long blackberry briars, he finds something that isn’t covered with rust. It shines white in the scattered shadows. Freed of muck and mire, the glass-metal sleeve is as light as plastic. He slides his arm inside, but before his fingers can reach down into the two long flat fingers, a sharp hook locks into his arm.
Leo is forced to find other scattered pieces, assembling a full flightsuit. Once restored, it prepares for a thousand light-year return trip with Leo trapped inside, as it waits for its alien pilot to be restored into Leo’s mind.
But the suit has drawn others, like Leo, set apart and isolated. Their fate and Leo’s intertwine as they face an alien entity that has no regard for their lives.
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Research & background
Flightsuit is grounded in real places and real science, as much as possible. I like the idea of readers getting interested in these places from the book and visiting them in the real world, or reading the real history of them. Check out the “Research & background” page.
Themes & spoilers
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