Book #1 in the Other series (Flux, July 1, 2010)
2011 Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
I can’t last much longer. It’s been one week, three days, and I forget how many hours.
My belly cramps, and I curl on my bed, staring out at the stars. A delicious breeze glides through my window and cools my sweaty forehead. The air smells of summer–mowed grass, recent rain, lingering barbecue–and tempts me more than I want to admit. Shards of moonlight and shadow shift on the wall. I clench my teeth and toes and try to ride out the pain. My bedroom drifts counterclockwise, and I shut my eyes.
It can’t be good for me, not shapeshifting.
Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.
When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate–into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and–most importantly–stay alive.
“This who-done-it is an unusual blend of mystery and fantasy, starring original characters not often featured in modern urban fantasy for teens. I really enjoyed it.” - Annette Curtis Klause, author of Blood and Chocolate
“Other has it all: love, shifters, pookas, and nail-biting action. What’s even better, Kincy’s characters are vibrant, real and lovable. This is a debut that leaves you aching for more.” - Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Need and Captivate
“Gwen is extremely likable as the impulsive, conflicted heroine, and although Tavian is a bit perfect, their romance is a dynamic counterpoint to the suspenseful mystery.” - Booklist
“The emotional turmoil of the characters is evident and will appeal to readers who have felt misunderstood or as if they don’t belong.” - School Library Journal
What readers are saying…
“What a fantastic debut novel! I absolutely loved this world that Kincy created….. Where ‘Others’ live among humans. It’s ‘normal’ to see a centaur beside you shopping in the produce section at the grocery store. I mean wouldn’t that be a riot! It was interesting to have a novel that included an array of mythological and magical creatures.” - The Story Siren
“Other was a fantastic and enthralling debut that had me glued to the pages from the start…. With an engaging and exciting plot, romance, and terrific characters, Other is a debut I’d recommend to just about anyone.” - The Book Scout
“Outstanding debut! Karen Kincy does a fantastic job weaving our world with a mythological one, a place were all beings can coexist. Can you imagine seeing a centaur in the produce aisle – it would definitely make grocery shopping a lot more interesting. Karen takes a current problem in our world and develops this amazing story around it. The story itself is great, but it is the underlying lesson it teaches that makes me love it” - Page Turners
“Other is a remarkable debut novel featuring an amazing mystery who-done-it style. Add in a wide variety of paranormal creatures, and I was hooked.” - The Neverending Shelf
“Overall the book is really very sweet, and has an addictive and captivating storyline. I found it to be a fast read – and every page is convincing. It’s very sad in places, and the characters shine through with their emotions. Most of the way through the book I was smiling, it’s a deliciously delightful read with some fantastic twists…” - Clover Hill Book Reviews
“Gwen’s snark is realistic, without being overshadowing the rest of her personality. She isn’t just a random font of witty one-liners and banter. She struggles between her human and Other selves, and explores some of her own self-hate throughout the course of the novel. If Gwen had been gay, or of a mixed race, many of the themes of the book would still have held true.” - The Bookanistas
“Other has a strong storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You have mystery, paranormal, suspense, love. All things we want in our YA novels.” - Courtney Reads
“Karen Kincy has an absolutely awesome writing style. It’s descriptive and at sometimes, almost poetic.” - Mindful Musings
“The writing was fantastic. It really made you feel as if you were right next to Gwen. Gwen goes through a lot, and Kincy portrays this very well and really makes you feel for Gwen. There’s a perfect balance between describing everything and dialogue.” - The Book Cellar
“There is almost a love triangle, but not quite. I will say, keep your eyes peeled for Tavian. He is awesome. Plus he’s Asian. YAY PoC love interest!!”- Good Books & Good Wine
“The plot is original and creative. Honestly, it was one of few books that I could not guess what was going to happen or who the enemy was. No part of this book bored me and it ran in a smooth pace. I dare you to go and pick this book up right now!” - Lost in Believing
“There are dryads, and water sprites, and leprechauns, oh my!… They are all so unique and fascinating in their own way, I loved reading about them and I was sorry to see the story end because it meant my journey with them was coming to an end for now.” - A Bookworms Haven