YA Goes to Africa–Get Two Dystopians by Michael Kinch

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Today’s featured books are THE BLENDING TIME


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 realityFollowing 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.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

16 thoughts on “YA Goes to Africa–Get Two Dystopians by Michael Kinch

  1. I would love to win! These books sound great!

    I can’t think of any paranormal books in exotic locales other than A Discovery of Witches. Most I read are set in America or Canada (I love me some Kelley Armstrong).

  2. Those sound great! I don’t know of any location I enjoy better for a paranormal book. Tananarive Due set parts of Blood Colony in Africa. The entire Immortals series features characters from the African continent, with some parts set in that region.

    If I don’t win, I guess I’ll have to go buy these two. No hardship there. My twitter handle is rottridge and I will repost.

  3. Well, I can’t say much for dystopians, but in general in paranormal genre I’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone which is set in Prague, Cinder is in New Bejing, Kylie Chan’s Dark Havens trilogy is in Hong Kong. Now I can’t remember anything else 🙂
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  4. Of course, the Immortals series is NOT dystopian. I don’t know why I got mixed up :-P.

  5. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro sets her St Germain series in all different eras and places. The stories range from ancient Egypt to modern day America.

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  6. As usual, when I’m asked a question about locales, I draw a complete blank!! Most of them are set in America or in places set so well in the future that they are called other things besides America, like one I just read that was set in “New America”! Not very exotic, I know!

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am with the others as I can’t really think f any location that applies.

    This is a new author to me and I always love to try them so please enter me.

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  8. I would love to win! These books sound great!
    do the the nerdralands count at being exotic?? if not then no
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. Actually I can’t think of any at the top of my head but I’m sure it’ll come to me the moment I hit Publish!

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  10. Don’t throw things at me, but I don’t read Dystopians or shall I say I haven’t read one that I know of yet.

    But a paranormal romance comes to mind when you say “exotic locations” and that would have to be Christine Feehan’s Carpathians series. This series is set in the Carpathain Mountains in Europe.

    Some of her other series are set in other countries as well.

  11. Tha’0s hard! I can’t think of any dystopian in an exotic location….

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