Rainbow Rowell’s Wayward Son Release Date & News

Rainbow Rowell has written a sequel to Carry On, her 2015 novel about queer wizards in love and danger, called Wayward Son.

Carry On, Rainbow Rowell’s follow-up to her fandom-centric Fangirl, is at once both a clever, cathartic critique of the Harry Potter series and other Chosen One narratives and its own fantastical love story—and now it’s getting a sequel!

Rowell has written a sequel to her young adult book about queer wizards Simon Snow and Baz and their friends at Watford School of Magicks. Here’s the full, official synopsis:

Simon Snow is back and he’s coming to America!

The story is supposed to be over.

Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after…

So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?

What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light…

That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West. They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place…

With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first. It’s another helping of sour cherry scones with an absolutely decadent amount of butter.

Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over – but your life has just begun.

The upcoming young adult novel from the author of Eleanor & Park and Marvel’s Runawaysalready has a cover, thanks to the brilliant Kevin Wada. Check it out…

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Wayward Son Release Date

When can we expect Wayward Son? While the title was initially set for a 2020 release, the timeline has been moved up! It is now slated to be released on September 24th, which means you can pre-order it now.

Rowell has also shared a Wayward Son playlist…


More news on Wayward Son as we hear it.

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