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This Great Hemisphere: A Novel
Mateo Askaripour


This Great Hemisphere is an inventive and immersive epic that follows its brave invisible protagonist as she navigates a futuristic new world that often mirrors our own. A thrilling page-turner.” —Brit Bennett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half

From the award-winning and bestselling author of Black Buck: A speculative novel about a young woman—invisible by birth and relegated to second-class citizenship—who sets off on a mission to find her older brother, whom she had presumed dead but who is now the primary suspect in a high-profile political murder.

Despite the odds, Sweetmint, a young invisible woman, has done everything right her entire life—school, university, and now a highly sought-after apprenticeship with the Northwestern Hemisphere’s premier inventor, a non-invisible man belonging to the Dominant Population who is as eccentric as he is enigmatic. But the world she has fought so hard to build after the disappearance of her older brother comes crashing down when authorities claim that not only is he well and alive, he’s also the main suspect in the murder of the Chief Executive of the Northwestern Hemisphere. 

A manhunt ensues, and Sweetmint, armed with courage, intellect, and unwavering love for her brother, sets off on a mission to find him before it’s too late. With five days until the hemisphere’s big election, Sweetmint must dodge a relentless law officer who’s determined to maintain order and an ambitious politician with sights set on becoming the next Chief Executive by any means necessary.

With the captivating worldbuilding of N. K. Jemisin’s novels and blazing defiance of Naomi Alderman’s work, This Great Hemisphere is a novel that brilliantly illustrates the degree to which reality can be shaped by non-truths and vicious manipulations, while shining a light on our ability to surprise ourselves when we stop giving in to the narratives others have written for us.


New York Times bestselling author Mateo Askaripour wants people to feel seen. His first novel, Black Buck, takes on racism in corporate America with humor and wit. Askaripour was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “10 rising stars to make waves,” and Black Buck was a Read With Jenna Today Show book club pick. Most recently, he was named as a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” prize. This Great Hemisphere is his second novel. He lives in Brooklyn. 


Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by People, Elle, The Root, New Scientist, Ebony, Screen Rant, Betches, Book Riot, Literary Hub, CrimeReads, Gizmodo, She Reads, and Psychopomp

“A cinematic epic.” -- People

“With remarkable world-building, Askaripour takes readers on a vast and winding adventure through a future split by hemispheres, visibility, and power.” -- Elle, “The Best New Books to Read in Summer 2024”

“A rollicking read, just like his debut.” -- Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor, “Amazon’s Most Anticipated Books of Summer”

“Fans of speculative fiction will love This Great Hemisphere . . .  a gripping novel.”
-- The Root, “July 2024 Books By Black Authors We Can’t Wait to Read”
“The divided world of The Great Hemisphere allows for a thought-provoking [and] fast-paced story as Sweetmint is pulled into a dangerous mystery . . .  As Askaripour’s novel follows her through this chaos, the author explores the ways that society’s concept of reality can be manipulated.” -- Screen Rant, “10 Most-Anticipated Sci-Fi Books Coming Out In July 2024”
“An eye-opening dystopian adventure set in a future world.” -- Ebony, “Get Lit! Black Authors to Read in July”

“The page-turning prose and standout characters will appeal to a wide range of readers. Part sf adventure, part mystery, part social satire, this is a vividly imagined and captivating story.” -- Booklist *starred review*

[H]  Dutton  /  July 09, 2024

 1.45" H x 9.26" L x 6.35" W (1.41 lbs) 432 pages