Kepler62 - The New World: Whisperers' Lair
Timo Parvela
Pasi Pitkänen
Publication date
September 2019
Piggsvin Forlag & WSOY
Format info
264 pp, colour illustrations, 9+

Kepler62 The New World 3: The Whisperers’ Lair

Kepler62 - Uusi maailma: Kuiskaajien kaupunki

-   Kepler62 - The New World: Whisperers' Lair

The story of the children on planet Kepler62 continues…

Joni has left the settlement in order to find his brother, Ari. He’s relieved to have X and one of the shadow-lions for company on the arduous journey he is embarking upon. Travelling in the previously unexplored parts of an alien planet is filled with surprises, and the travellers witness extreme beauty as well as ugliness on big scale. And what’s the real truth about the powerful Whisperers? Are they gods?

Bestseller authors Timo Parvela (b. 1964) and Bjørn Sortland (b. 1968) continue their award-winning formula of taking it in turns to write books. Illustrator Pasi Pitkänen’s (b. 1984) powerful illustrations of their alien world and its inhabitants complements their storytelling perfectly.

In season two of Kepler62, a motley crew of children and few grown-ups find themselves divided into two camps. Parvela and Sortland focus on the trials and tribulations of one tribe each, with their stories eventually converging as the series progresses. Each book in season two tells a stand-alone story, unlike the continuous story told in the series’ first season. Timo Parvela is the author of books 1, 3 and 5, while Bjorn Sortland is the author of books 2 and 4.


Season 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+


Finnish PDF

Prizes and nominations

2019, nominated for the Arvid Lydecken Prize

Rights sold

Chinese, Simplified (Mysterium/Guangxi Normal University Press Group Co., Ltd)
Polish (Widnokrąg)
Russian (Rozovy Zhiraf /Pink Giraffe)


‘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 blog