Tangled Planet

By (author): Kate Blair


Kate Blair

Kate Blair is an award-nominated author originally from Hayling Island, UK. She has been a finalist for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Snow Willow Award. Her novels Transferral and Tangled Planet were both longlisted for the Sunburst Award and Transferral was a Starred Selection of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens. Blair currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.


In this well-plotted and suspenseful novel, Blair not only asks what if there were another planet to colonize but how do humans create anything new and improved when — even with limitless technology and genetic manipulation — they continue to make decisions based on past grievances and resentment, loss and jealousy.

– Quill & Quire

“Blair’s world-building is exceptional, immersing readers in the juxtaposition of the exciting unknowns of Beta and the comforting protocols and societal structure on the Venture. Ursa is a fully developed, likable yet flawed character who will push teens to consider if comfort is a worthy sacrifice for the potential greatness of th unknown. A robust cast of secondary characters, each layered with their own motivations, histories, and perspectives, round out the novel and propel its fierce pace. VERDICT A must-have for every library.” Starred Review

– School Library Journal

In writing science fiction, a key requirement is worldbuilding, the author’s ability to create a believable fictional world, and, in this respect, Blair has done so with great skill… Science fiction fans will definitely enjoy joining Ursa aboard Venture and on Beta Earth.
– CM Magazine

“Four stars.”


  • Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic 2018, Long-listed
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    260 Pages


    October 07, 2017


    Cormorant Books




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