Sofia and the Utopia Machine
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Shortlisted for 2019 Singapore Books Awards Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Title
Finalist for the 2017 Epigram Books Fiction Prize
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Sofia is an ordinary schoolgirl living in a future Singapore where the population is divided into three social strata. When she inadvertently unlocks the gateway to a new world, she realises she must escape the government’s radar. She ventures into the lowest rung of society, the Voids, and meets with the eccentric Uncle Kirk and the resourceful Father Lang. While on the run, she learns why her father disappeared seven years ago and why the new world exists in the first place.
Probing and thrilling, this novel explores worlds within worlds and reinvents the creation myth.
“Judith Huang’s Sophia and the Utopia Machine is a bold and fantastical work that posits a new cosmology within which a science-fiction vision of Singapore is rendered in dystopian terms, even as its characters strive ironically for an idealised future. It’s a work that would sit perfectly on any Young Adult speculative fiction shelf with its fast-paced and childlike sense of adventure.”
—Cyril Wong, Judge, Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2017
"Readers who enjoy YA with plenty of narrative ambition and a brisk plot will find much to like in Sofia and the Utopia Machine. The narrative stakes are clearly articulated with good guys and villains engaged in a fierce conflict over the shape of a whole society."
—Diane Josefowicz, Singapore Unbound
Judith Huang is a three-time winner of the UK Poetry Society’s Foyle Young Poet of the Year award, and has been published in Prairie Schooner, Asia Literary Review, QLRS, LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, Stylus and Asymptote. She holds an AB from Harvard University, and her first poetry collection is forthcoming from Ethos Books in 2018. Sofia and the Utopia Machine is her first novel.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 333
Year Published: 2018
Size: 129mm x 198mm