Kristen Illarmo


Kristen Illarmo is a science fiction and fantasy Young Adult author examining possible futures shaped by the repercussions of our choices. Illarmo's passion for exploring complicated family dynamics in the midst of crumbling societies drives her storytelling. When she’s not writing, she can be found looking for the peacock in her quirky New Orleans neighborhood with her tiny, giant-eared dog.




9:15 am to 10:15 am
State Library, Fifth Floor Serials
Out of This World: Young Adult Fantasy
(Ages 12 and up)
with Kristen Illarmo, Scott Reintgen, and Brittany N. Williams

10:30 am to 11:15 am
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


Collapsing the Divide: Kirasu Rising, Book Two

Reunited with her estranged twin sister and the father she had always yearned to know; Miranda aspires to accept the solace in their harmonious new life. Amidst the calm, an unshakable dread nags at Miranda’s conscience—a haunting conviction that the souls of Earth are unsettled, trapped by the repercussions of her family’s fateful decision to release Earth from its captor’s grip. The appearance of a boy who looks just like, but acts nothing like, her lost love from Earth isn’t helping Miranda feel any better either.

When a bridge plummets from the sky, obliterating her mother’s cherished meditation spot, Miranda’s unease deepens. But worse still, her sister refuses to believe the evidence in front of her. Their father’s arrest for lying to the Senate propels the sisters to find the one person who can clear his name and stop the escalating devastation. Instead of answers, Miranda faces down a force presumed dead, crushed by her own mother during Earth’s fall. Miranda has a choice: Save Nibiru and her father or risk it all to fix their mistake?

Fans of young adult dystopian fiction will love this action-packed story where redemption carries a price, myths crumble to reveal truth, and forgiveness becomes the ultimate catalyst for change.

Without a World: Kirasu Rising, Book One

A black hole is coming for Earth, but that is only the beginning of Miranda’s problems.

She thought life in the Trash Lands was bad, scraping for food and water, wishing she could blend into the sea of ash. But when she learns her mother was right, Earth will get sucked into a black hole, Miranda must trust in skills she never knew she had to get to a place she refused to believe existed. When she finds an idyllic new world, to Miranda’s surprise, she cannot turn her back on the suffering on Earth, but will she risk it all to save a doomed world?

Without A World, the first book in the Kirasu Rising series, delivers non-stop, action-packed adventure as we race alongside a strong female protagonist through space and alternate dimensions. If you like young adult, metaphysical, action-adventure you will love this series.


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