Fate and fatality brings two teenagers together in the book trailer for Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider.
Schneider, author of The Beginning of Everything, wrote and produced the trailer for her sophomore novel. The story of teenagers trying to move on with life while stuck in place, Extraordinary Means blends the poignancy of The Fault in Our Stars with the moody wit for which Schneider is already well known.
The book trailer for Extraordinary Means, directed by Yulin Kuang, introduces viewers to modern young adults who find themselves in perilously gothic circumstances. Having contracted a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, Lane and Sadie are quarantined together at a sanatorium called Latham House, where life slows down to a crawl.
With little to do but wait for recovery (or the other alternative) Sadie and Lane find themselves bonding at Latham House. As the trailer for Extraordinary Means shows, the two teens explore ways to live within their captivity; but even as the two grow closer, their perspectives — and possibly, their fates — begin to diverge.
“Theirs isn’t a story of what it means to be sick so much as a story about how it feels to be an outsider,” Schneider told Hypable about Lane and Sadie’s journey.
Inspired by her graduate studies in medical ethics, Schneider says that Extraordinary Means is “a story about second chances, and how easily we could miss them. And it’s a story about what it means to have hope that you’ll figure out your place in the world, and that you’ll be strong enough to get there.”