More Light Shed On J.J. Abrams’ New Mystery Project

Plus video of what happens to loose-lipped Bad Robot employees.

Recently a video came out for some weird looking J.J. Abrams mystery project. Many readers claimed the trailer was for an upcoming book. They were right! They always are. Always.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the project is called S. and will be one of those books that comes packed with a bunch of extra components that will make you afraid of opening it all the way. Surprisingly enough, we have a synopsis to go along with the book's new trailer: basically about the relationship between a grad student named Eric and a college senior named Jennifer. They trade notes in the margins of a (fictional) 1949 novel by a mysterious author named V.M. Straka. S.contains the novel within the novel; copious handwritten notes between Jennifer and Eric (“a conversation that plunges them into the unknown,” according to the book jacket); and dozens of pieces of ephemera between the pages like newspaper clippings and a napkin with a map drawn on it. (S. will come shrink-wrapped so none of this extra material falls out.) It looks like a dense but often funny mystery — and exactly the kind of novel you’d hope for from Abrams.

S. was not written by Abrams but rather an author named Doug Dorst. You can get it on October 29. But of which year? And how soon will we see its sequels: H., !., and T.? Also, how does the book end? Damn you, Mystery Box.