Ethan, aka "Scam", has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn't just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn't consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts - like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him - his former group of friends, the self-named "zeros" who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam's latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action.
Scott Westerfeld (born 1963) is an American author of science fiction. He was born in the U.S. state of Texas and now divides his time between Sydney, Australia and New York City, USA.
The Risen Empire and The Killing of Worlds are parts one and two of the same book, originally titled Succession. In 2005 it was published in the UK as one book under the title The Risen Empire.
So Yesterday has been optioned to be made into a film by one of the producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine.
The Uglies series was optioned by Twentieth Century Fox as a possible film series in 2006.
In 2001, Westerfeld married Australian author Justine Larbalestier.