Nick Lake was born in Britain but grew up in Luxembourg, where his father worked for the European Parliament. Nick works in publishing by day and writes in every spare moment he can find. He has won the prestigious Printz Award for his novel In Darkness, and has been twice-shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Nick lives in a picture-postcard village in Oxfordshire with his wife and family. His long commute to work gives his imagination time to explore places he's never visited.
Set on a space station in the near future, this cool concept sci-fi novel with a powerful finding-your-way-in-the-world theme also has much for fans of contemporary YA...This is a thought-provoking thriller, fuelled by the suspenseful space journey, and by Leo's emotional journey...With this foray into sci-fi, author Nick Lake confirms his status as a writer with immensely diverse talents. * Lovereading4kids * Satellite is a novel of great beauty. The prose is careful but expansive and technical but poetic. The glories and wonders of space and science breathe through every line but so do the more quotidian experiences of tasting ice cream for the first time, or seeing a bird in flight, or hearing music played live and not through your headphones. It's a mystery thriller at its heart...but it moves at a slow, luxurious pace, unlike most thrillers. And Lake finds room for so much that is of interest to his young readers - family dynamics, sexuality, gender expression, finding love, coming-of-age, climate change, the list seems almost endless. And it's seamless; nothing shoe-horned in...Nick Lake is one of the highest quality authors writing for our young people today. His range is exceptional and he can capture human experience with poetic detail. And in Satellite he wrote a kiss that made me cry for its beauty and sadness. * The Book Bag * Told in Leo's abbreviated, allusive diction, this is extraordinary science fiction, as diverse and humane as Iain M Banks at his best' -- Imogen Russell Williams * The Guardian * 'Satellite is a sci-fi, poetic-epic adventure that is foremostly Leo's, whose story you must read...Meticulous and mesmeric second-by-second descriptions of floating existence in zero gravity are combined with a detective-like thread in Leo's voice - an assured narrator whose mature self-reflections and heightened visual descriptions are highly enjoyable...The whole narrative is laden with introverted meditations on language and experience, making for challenging reading...always rich, poetic and thrilling...Personally, the love of language and experience that Satellite exudes will stay with me the most.' * Armadillo Magazine * An epic space story based around real science, it's a truly gripping thriller, imbued with raw emotion. Lake's best book since his debut, In Darkness. -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * Nick Lake's book grips from the off, combining elements of science fiction and thriller for a page-turning read. A powerful vision of space and science, at its core Satellite is a story about the need to belong - a universal story about a universal dream. * INIS Reading Guide, Children's Books Ireland * I love Nick Lake's writing. I would read anything he wrote - grocery list, email etc., because his writing, always, is so real and so brave. He takes on subjects other writers might avoid, and he writes the hell out of them. -- Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author An exciting read, full of suspense. * The School Librarian *