Pasi Pitkänen
Publication date
July 2017
Piggsvin Forlag & WSOY
Format info
194 pages, 9+, colour illustrations

Kepler62 5: The Virus

Kepler62 Kirja 5: Virus

The story of the children on planet Kepler62 continues…

Olivia finally reveals the truth, but it’s terrifying. Back on earth, computers are gaining power and they’re already unstoppable. They’re capturing people, their main competition when it comes to energy consumption, and killing them. In order to survive, humankind must escape earth – and Kepler62 is their destination of choice. Unfortunately, the Whisperers are too powerful to exist alongside humans, which means they need to be eliminated before any more people arrive. Joni, who is carrying a virus that’ll wipe them out, is chosen. But he’s distraught and goes into hiding. Meanwhile Ari and Marie discover that the extra travel capsule on the space craft is now open and empty. Whoever was in there is awake and they’re loose on Kepler62…

An award-winning series about a group of children who are sent away to investigate whether the distant planet Kepler62 is capable of sustaining life, because earth’s resources are diminishing at an alarmingly fast rate. Their story is gripping and moves from one book to the next with cliff-hangers at the end of each instalment.


Series 1: Kepler62
Book 1: The Invitation, 2015
Book 2: The Countdown , 2015
Book 3: The Voyage , 2016
Book 4: The Pioneers, 2016
Book 5: The Virus, 2017
Book 6: The Secret, 2017

Season 2: Kepler62 The New World
Book 1: Two Tribes, 2018
Book 2: The Island, 2019
Book 3: The Whisperer’s Lair, 2019
Book 4: The Cave, 2020
Book 5: Gaia, 2020

Season 3: Keper62 Terra
Book 1: The Clones, 2021
Book 2: Heart 2022


4-colour illustrations
Age: 9+

Series rights sold

Albanian (Mediaprint)
Bulgarian (Janet45)
Chinese, simplified (Mysterium/Guangxi Normal University Press Group Co.)
Czech (Host)
Dutch (Clavis)
Estonian (Ajakirjade kirjastus/HeaLugu)
Faroese (Bókadeildin)
French (Nathan)
German (Kosmos)
Hungarian (Pagony)
Icelandic (Bókabeitan)
Korean (Jaeum&Moeum)
Latvian (Zvaigzne ABC)
Netherlands (Clavis)
Norwegian (Piggsvin)
Polish (Widnokrąg)
Romanian (Humanitas Junior)
Russian (Rozovy Zhiraf /Pink Giraffe)
Slovenian (Skrivnost Zalozba)
Spanish (Grupo SM)
Swedish (Bonnier Carlsen)
Turkish (Can Publishing)
Ukranian (BookChef)

Reading materials

English translation (set in layout)
Finnish edition

Editions in: Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Latvian, Norwegian, Turkish and Spanish


“The details and the plot of Parvela and Sortland’s ambitious series are carefully polished. The series gets off to such a flying start that you are powerless to resist the pull of its most extraordinary world.” Savon sanomat newspaper

“Right from the very first book, Parvela and Sortland bring up many themes that add depth to their dystopia, while the book still remains primarily an entertaining and fast-moving novel. In this case, the entertainment and fast-moving plot are advantages as Kepler 62 also draws in children who tend not to enjoy books. But bookworms shall also enjoy the collaboration between Parvela, Sortland and Pitkänen. After all, who doesn’t love a well-written adventure?” Lumiomena blog

“Pasi Pitkänen’s illustrations are a major part of the book and in places the particularly dark pictures, which speak volumes, create powerful additional tension alongside the text. […] [The illustrations] are so well-placed within the text and are so successful that the pictures immediately catch the reader’s eye, move the story forward and, at the most exciting parts, even send a shiver down your spine…” Nuorille ja naperoille children’s book blog

Praise from foreign publishers

“We’ve been looking for an illustrated series that is full of suspense, easy to read and will capture the imaginations of reluctant readers, and KEPLER62 is a perfect fit!”– Cécile Verdier, Nathan, France