The First ‘Stranger Things’ Novel Is Here!

While we cannot wait for season 3 of Stranger Things to arrive on July 4th, we now have the opportunity to indulge in reading the first official novel inspired by series, which takes place before Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will and the events of the show!


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Gwenda Bonds just published Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds: The First Official Novel with Del Rey Books. According to Bookhub, and reported by Deadline, in June, Netflix and Penguin Random House partnered on Bond’s book.

Penguin Random House states that the book “follows Eleven’s mother and her time as a test subject in the MKUltra program.” Eleven’s mother, Terry Ives, was presented in the second season, along with ‘Eight’ who will also be featured in the novel as five-year-old Kari, in the opening chapter. We will learn more about Dr. Brenner and the children who were being tested like Eleven.

If you want the full synopsis, check it out below here from Amazon!


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A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things.

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, code-named MKULTRA. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tight-lipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.

But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than Terry could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.

Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.


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Bond is known for many of her novels like her trilogies, Lois Lane and Cirque American.

She posted a post on her blog entitled ‘Let’s Get Stranger Together!’ in an attempt to boost her first week of sales, by sharing her appreciation of her collaborators by posting a picture of the acknowledgements page, and stated that she will attend a reading event at Kentucky.

“Hello, friends and lovely strangers! It’s finally here, release day for my new book, Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds. An update not about new releases is coming soon, because I’m finally working hard on my book-in-progress again after being stalled and I have thoughts on why.

But today is not that day! Today I tell you that en route to the bookstore let night to help host trivia, we thought our hand-me-down rust-bucket money-pit car was going to die. Ah, the glamourous writing life! Anyway, newish car purchase on the horizon, so buy my book. This week if you can, because first week sales are important. Libraries are also your friend, if you can’t. And if you enjoy leave a review somewhere. Telling people is rad. Sharing is truly caring.”


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“And, last but not least, if you’re in the Lexington area, please come out tonight to Joseph-Beth Booksellers for the launch event tonight at 7 p.m. It’ll be fun, but it’ll be more fun if you’re there! They will also take phone orders and ship books, if you want to get personalizations without delay.”

I don’t know about anyone but I am stoked to get a copy!



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