Del Rey, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, has today announced the publication of The Book of Elsewhere, the debut novel by Keanu Reeves written in collaboration with award-winning author China Miéville . The book will be published in print, audiobook and ebook by Del Rey UK on 23rd July
Set in the world of the BRZRKR comic series Reeves created with writer Matt Kindt and artist Ron Garney, published by BOOM! Studios, The Book of Elsewhere follows an immortal warrior on a millennia-long quest to discover the key to his immortality—and perhaps, a way to free himself from it.
The news was announced this morning on Good Morning America with Reeves sending a special message to excite readers for the journey ahead. Watch the announcement in the player below:
The BRZRKR comic was the #1 bestselling debut of a new comic property in over 25 years, and the #1 bestselling comic of the decade. The immortal saga of BRZRKR will soon expand further with a live-action Netflix film starring Keanu Reeves, and an anime spinoff series, also in development at Netflix.
‘It was extraordinary to have the opportunity to collaborate on THE BOOK OF ELSEWHERE with one of my favorite authors, China Miéville,’ said Keanu Reeves. ‘China did exactly what I was hoping for—he came in with a clear architecture for the story and how he wanted to play with the world of BRZRKR, a world that I love so much. I was thrilled with his vision and feel honored to be a part of this collaborative process.’
‘Sometimes the greatest games are those you play with other people’s toys,’ said China Miéville. ‘It was an honour, a shock and a delight when Keanu invited me to play. But I could never have predicted how generous he’d be with toys he’s spent so long creating, how glad to experiment together, how open to true collaboration. I hope readers get to experience even a fraction of the pleasure reading The Book of Elsewhere that I experienced in the writing – in the serious business of play.’
‘From the beginning BRZRKR has been unlike any other modern comic book franchise, and we are thrilled to partner with Del Rey to expand Keanu Reeves’ visionary world into the medium of prose with groundbreaking author China Miéville,’ said Filip Sablik, President, Publishing & Sales, BOOM! Studios. ‘We’re grateful to the amazing team at Del Rey for making The Book of Elsewhere a true publishing event!’
Ben Brusey, Publishing Director, Century & Del Rey UK said ‘To say we are excited for the publication of this literary blockbuster at Del Rey UK might be the understatement of the year. Keanu Reeves and China Miéville are a dream writing partnership. Both are master storytellers who have thrilled, surprised and won the hearts and minds of audiences and readers for decades. The Book of Elsewhere is science fiction at its very best – dazzling high-concept, beguiling characters and a profound, original plot that blends action, drama and existentialism in a bravura way that will leave readers moved and amazed. The writing is astonishing. We are privileged to publish this book by two creative visionaries, and we cannot wait for readers to experience this global publishing event this summer.’
The Book of Elsewhere by Keanu Reeves and China Miéville will publish in hardback on 23rd July 2024.