Meagan Spooner

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Meagan Spooner
Alma materHamilton College
Genrescience fiction, fantasy
Years active2012 - present

Meagan Spooner is a New York Times bestselling and internationally bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy for young adults. She is best known for the Starbound Trilogy and Unearthed, which she co-authored with Amie Kaufman, as well as for her solo Skylark trilogy and her standalone fairytale retelling Hunted.[1]


Meagan Spooner was raised in the United States, and graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in playwriting.[2] She has spent time living in Australia and has traveled to all seven continents,[3] but currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina.[4]


Spooner's debut, Skylark, was published by Carolrhoda Lab in 2012,[5] and followed by sequels Shadowlark and Lark Ascending.

Spooner's Starbound trilogy began with These Broken Stars, co-authored with Amie Kaufman, published by Disney Hyperion. The book was a New York Times bestseller[6] and won an Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult novel of the year. The book was also shortlisted for a Golden Inky in the Australian Inky Awards and was named the Huffington Post Best YA Novel of 2013.[7] The series is currently in development for TV with Freeform in the US and Sky UK, with MGM the studio and Eric Balfour and Warren Littlefield producing.[8][9] The sequel, This Shattered World was a nominee for the Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel.

Spooner began a series of historical-style retellings in 2017 with Hunted, inspired by Beauty and the Beast and the Russian story of the Firebird.[10] The book was given a starred review by Kirkus.[11] Spooner studied archery to prepare for writing the book.[12]

Spooner's next series with Kaufman began with Unearthed in January 2018. In June 2017, ahead of the book's publication, it was announced that film rights had been acquired by Columbia Pictures. Director Doug Liman is attached to the project, set to produce alongside Cross Creek Productions. Screenwriters Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth are penning the script.[13][14]


Skylark Trilogy[edit]

  • Skylark (2012)
  • Shadowlark (2013)
  • Lark Ascending (2014)

Starbound Trilogy (co-authored with Amie Kaufman)[edit]

  • These Broken Stars (2013)
  • This Shattered World (2014)
  • Their Fractured Light (2015)


  • Hunted (2017)
  • Sherwood (2019)

Unearthed (co-authored with Amie Kaufman)[edit]

  • Unearthed (2018)
  • Undying (2019)


  1. ^ "Books - Meagan Spooner". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  2. ^ "About - Meagan Spooner". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  3. ^ Epic Reads (2017-03-14), Epic Author Facts: Meagan Spooner | Hunted, retrieved 2018-04-06
  4. ^ "About - Meagan Spooner". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  5. ^ "Author Meagan Spooner's Debut YA Novel Skylark Introduces Readers to a Dark World Powered by Children". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  6. ^ "Young Adult Books - Best Sellers - January 18, 2015 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  7. ^ Parkin, Lisa (2013-12-17). "Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2013". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-05-03). "'These Broken Stars' Sci-Fi Series From Eric Balfour & Warren Littlefield Eyed By Freeform & Sky". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  9. ^ "'These Broken Stars' Heads to Television". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  10. ^ "Hunted by Meagan Spooner - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books". Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  11. ^ HUNTED by Meagan Spooner | Kirkus Reviews.
  12. ^ Epic Reads (2017-03-14), Epic Author Facts: Meagan Spooner | Hunted, retrieved 2018-04-06
  13. ^ "Columbia, Cross Creek and Doug Liman Team for Sci-Fi 'Unearthed' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (2017-06-07). "Doug Liman to Direct 'Unearthed' for Columbia and Cross Creek". Variety. Retrieved 2018-04-06.