The Year of Lightning
The Year of Lightning

The Year of Lightning


The Time Shift Trilogy


344 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Paperback, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $21.99)

Publication Date: January 2016

ISBN 9781631630507

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When 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert moved to a new town, they never imagined that the old house across the street could bring them so much trouble. Inside the old house, a secret machine with the power to pierce time has reawakened. Meanwhile, lightning storms are breaking out all over town. They're getting worse every week, and seem to enjoy striking kids who just want to pass science class and mind their own business. When Malcolm and Valentine discover a connection between the house and the storms, their situation goes from mysterious to crazy-stupid dangerous. Someone is controlling the great machine, and their purpose is nearly complete. In a race against time, the twins must uncover the chilling plan, the mastermind behind it, and the force that's driving the deadly storms. They'll hunt a powerful enemy that threatens their town's existence, and the only clues are written in the sky.


"Exciting plot, smart characters, and engaging prose: Dalton's writing jolts straight to your heart. A fantastic debut!" —Ellie Ann, NYT bestselling author, The Silver Sickle

"A rousing mix of science and fantasy that will thrill young and old alike! Dalton blends wit and emotion and adventure seamlessly in a tale that keeps your pulse pounding." —Ryne Douglas Pearson, screenwriter, Knowing; author, Simple Simon

"Every page of The Year of Lightning is non-stop adventure that's, oddly enough, completely believable." —

"This book was just mindblowingly mindblowing . . . The emotional feelings in this book were so raw, and real." —Maryam Dinzly,

"The action (and writing) seems slow to start, including characterizations. By the end of the novel, however, Dalton has found his stride, characters are fully realized, and the conclusion will leave readers wanting more. This is the first in a planned trilogy. VERDICT Sci-fi fans will gobble this one up and be waiting impatiently for the next." —Kelly Jo Lasher, School Library Journal

"There are so many crazy aspects to this book. But a good crazy . . . The writing in it is great . . . I highly recommend this book. It's clean and it was a really enjoyable read." —

"The Year of Lightning did a good job at being unpredictable . . . The plot speed was perfect . . . While the reading level is middle grade, this is an enjoyable book for all ages! I cannot wait to read the next book in this trilogy, The Black Tempest, which will be released in April 2017." —

Author Biography

Ryan Dalton is a freelance writer and a writer for the board game Exile Sun. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.