Gamora and Nebula YA Novel Announced
Disney has announced it will release a new novel, Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms, in June 2021.
Written by Mackenzi Lee, this will be the second in her three-book deal with Disney Publishing. All three books explore the teenage years and untapped potential of characters in the Marvel Universe.
About Sisters in Arms
Gamora & Nebula: Sisters in Arms will delve into the history between the two sisters, made popular by the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. The story is set long before Gamora decides to be a hero, choosing to dedicate her life to saving the lives of others.
In the story, Lee will bring readers on an adventure that takes them on a journey through time and space. The plot centers on Gamora and Nebula being tasked with acquiring an artifact for their adoptive father, Thanos.
The Grandmaster, whom Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will remember from Thor: Raganarok and an end credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is the ruler of Sakaar. He is a fan of games and draws enjoyment from manipulating others in his Contests of Champions.
Not surprisingly, the Grandmaster pits the sisters against one another in a contest. This event folds into the story’s main plot. Will the sisters discover the cause for their rivalry through the competition?
Second Book in the Series
Sisters in Arms is the follow up to Lees’ previous novel, Loki: Where Mischief Lies. In it, Lee explores a younger Loki, whom every Asgardian suspects of villainy and evil. All except one… Amora, Asgard’s sorceress-in-training.
Amora is banished to Earth after she and Loki are found guilty of destroying one of Asgard’s most prized possessions. Her departure sends Loki into anguish. He falls into the shadow of his brother, Thor.
Eventually, Asgardian magic is detected on Earth – and is related to several mysterious murders. Odin sends Loki to 19th century London to investigate. The journey puts Loki on the path to discovering who is meant to be.
Mackenzi Lee’s Thoughts on the New Novel
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lee discussed some of the surprising elements that came out when she wrote the story. She was was excited to explore the complicated relationship between Gamora and Nebula after learning of the sisters through Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films. She said:
I knew I wanted to write about Gamora and Nebula recognizing the manipulation in their lives, reevaluating their relationship with each other as a result, and then having to decide what they wanted to do about it, and if they can trust each other — or if they want to.
When asked if Thanos plays a large role in the novel Lee responded with a resounding “yes!” And this was her response to what the most surprising thing about writing the novel was:
The book is a space western! When I first thought about writing Nebula and Gamora’s story, which would also be my first foray into sci-fi as a writer, I didn’t expect it would turn into a western. In creating the world of the novel, I drew inspiration from my roots in the west, my favorite westerns, and my favorite space westerns like Firefly and The Mandalorian. Plus I got to sprinkle in a little Mad Max, Hadestown, Westworld, steampunk, Tank Girl — basically everything I love.
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Gamora & Nebula: Sisters in Arms will be available at retailers nationwide in June 2021. We can’t wait to get our hands on the new story!
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