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Today’s featured books are THE BLENDING TIME
and THE FIRES OF NEW SUN,
a YA dystopian series by Michael Kinch
and I’m giving away a copy of both books, so read on…
You know we all love a good dystopia around the Preternatura household, and seems like some of the best ones in the last couple of years have come in the Young Adult area. Today’s featured book, The Fires of New Sun, is interesting particularly for its setting. American urban areas have been the settings of most of the dystopian books I’ve read—New York, Los Angeles, Chicago. Several also have been set in rural areas, where post-apocalyptic folks find it easier to survive. The Fires of New Sun is one of a few books I’ve seen lately set in what for us insular Americans are exotic locales, in this case, Africa. And—yay!—a multicultural cast of characters.
The Fires of New Sun is the second book in a series, so I’m doing a double giveaway today. Want to win the first book, The Blending Time, as well as The Fires of New Sun? Read on…
ABOUT THE BLENDING TIME: In the year 2069, turning seventeen means mandatory Global Alliance work assignments that range from backbreaking drudgery to deadly canal labor. Trying to survive in a world that’s been ravaged by plagues and environmental disasters, three “s’teeners” from the harshest backgrounds think they’ve gotten lucky. Jaym, Reya, and D’Shay are chosen to be among thousands of blenders, whose task is to help repopulate and rebuild Africa after a devastating solar flare. But the continent itself—roiling with civil war and mercenaries intent on crushing the blending program at any cost—poses the gravest danger. Separated, the three friends struggle to escape the violence and chaos, and somehow reunite. But will following rumors of a mountain hideout lead them to sanctuary, or cost them their lives?
ABOUT THE FIRES OF NEW SUN: A fight for survival in a savage, dystopian reality…Following a perilous weeks-long trek under the blazing Savannah sun, dozens of Nswibe refugees have found safe haven at a New SUN outpost—a cavern-fortress hidden in the Blue Mountains. But their troubles are just beginning. While the New SUN movement is tested by infighting and treachery, the outpost sustains a crippling ‘gade attack. Survival is vital-defeat would mean slavery, death, and the end of the Blender program, Africa’s last hope. To stop the power-hungry ‘gades, Jaym, Reya, and D’Shay fight to reunite the splintered factions and mount a daring counterattack. (Released January 2012, Flux Books)
Have you read any paranormal books in “exotic” (for you) locales? Now that I’m thinking about it…I can’t think of any myself. Jog my memory—space doesn’t count. I’ve read some time-travels set in Scotland and in 18th-century Paris, but I’m not sure time-travels should count either. Help me out here! You know the drill, kids: one entry for comment, a second for blog follow, third for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a tweet or retweet.