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  • Writer's pictureJ.S. Dewes

Welcome to Rubicon


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// Welcome to Rubicon. //


(That’ll make sense once you’ve read the book 😁)


I realized I never introduced you all to my next book!


That’s right, Rubicon is coming 2023 from Tor Books & will (in theory) arrive *before* the next Divide book!


Deal Announcement Says: “Old Man’s War meets Edge of Tomorrow but with robots & existential anxiety.” (Though to be clear, there’s no time travel)


I Say: This book is my (platonic) love letter to SAM from Andromeda mixed w/a love of fun video game mechanics that make you feel POWERFUL backed by a lot of Ruelle & a dash of Phantom of the Opera all built on a scaffolding of military sci-fi & no I’m not kidding.😅 It’s a lot. But it’s great & I’m super proud of it.


(Psst: you can sign up for my newsletter to keep up on my progress, and/or support my Patreon for extra behind-the-scenes looks & lots of other fun stuff!)


If you enjoy the Divide series, you can expect another strong female lead, complex characters, intense relationships, “pew pew pews” & punching, squad banter, etc. Just w/a little more introspection & a lot more existential anxiety 🙃


⬆️ Some Rubicon aesthetics! (If you scroll way back in my Instagram feed or visit my Pinterest, there’s many more.)

When I added Rubicon to my list of pitches, I never thought in 93 million light-years they’d want it. Not b/c I didn’t think it was good, but because? I don’t? know??


I wrote this when I was querying agents & it’s the book that inflicted the infamous “second book syndrome.” Despite my CPs assuring me it wasn’t a heaping trash fire, that insidious book 2 monster still lurked. Lurks.


Me, mere moments after I got the news that they wanted Rubicon too. I look utterly terrified, but I *was* happy, I swear. Just also panicked 😦

Rubicon’s just a lot more…personal, I guess? I mean there’s a TON of me in Divide but it’s mostly the happy, optimistic, lighthearted me & Rubicon is…not…that & why yes I *am* scared to death that people are going to read it why do you ask🥺


(But for real, I fear this book’s release in a way I NEVER felt for a fraction of a second about The Last Watch or The Exiled Fleet. I do not know why?)

(That’s a lie, I do know why, but I’m not emotionally prepared to admit it so 🙌🙃👍👏🎉🚀🍎💜👾💩🤡✌️🐼⚡️🧈🎶👑🧶🍦)


*poofs into internet vapor while you’re distracted by emojis*


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7 Comments


Rob Brenstrum
Rob Brenstrum
Apr 01

I went to buy the sequel straight after finishing. I know you said it was going to be stand-alone, but please write a sequel.

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mebutle
Oct 16, 2023

Please tell me there’s a sequel.

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J.S. Dewes
J.S. Dewes
Oct 25, 2023
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No sequel confirmed, though I do have an idea for one should the publishing stars align! 🤞

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Ryder Rettenmaier
Ryder Rettenmaier
Oct 14, 2023

Will there be a sequel to rubicon?

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J.S. Dewes
J.S. Dewes
Oct 25, 2023
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I did write it as a stand-alone originally, though I do have an idea for a sequel! Nothing confirm yet, though you never know! 🤞

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Cody Hendrickson
Cody Hendrickson
Feb 23, 2022

Hey, I am excited for your new book! You said it is mixed with a "love of video game mechanics," and I'm curious what games have inspired your writing? I'm a gamer and would be really interested in checking out any game that has influenced your world building/narrative style.

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J.S. Dewes
J.S. Dewes
Oct 25, 2023
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Hey, sorry I missed your comment before!! A lot of awesome games have inspired me, the main ones for Rubicon would be Mass Effect: Andromeda, Anthem, and Fallout 4. Other big ones are Horizon Zero Dawn, all the Dragon Ages (especially 2) and of course the ME trilogy.

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