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Interview: Zach Hines, author of Nine

Feb 14, 2019

Normally we think of cats as having "nine lives," but what if there were an alternate universe where humans actually did and each life "number" corresponded to certain social privileges? That is the premise of Zach Hines' 2018 dystopian debut NINE, wher in an alternate world startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives. As you shed lives, you shed your awkward phases: one death is equal to one physical and mental upgrade. Julian’s friends are obsessed with the idea of burning, but Julian is determined to stay on his first life for as long as he can. His mother burned too fast and inflicted a debilitating rebirth sickness on herself. But when becomes a target for Nicholas, the manipulative leader of the Burners, the school’s suicide club, he uncovers suspicious gaps in the rebirth system. Along with a group of student dissenters, Julian sets out to find answers and is soon on the verge of exposing the greatest conspiracy ever unleashed on the world. Our reviewer Jena Brown had a chance to talk to Zach Hines about his dystopian novel, from parallel universes to world-building to the possibility of a sequel. Keep reading to check out what Zach had to say!

Interview: Arwen Elys Dayton, author of Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

Jan 8, 2019

Arwen Elys Dayton’s latest novel STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL is a science fiction thriller told in six parts and provides a look at the unlimited possibilities of biotech advances and the ethical quandaries they will provoke. Dayton shows us a near and distant future in which we will eradicate disease, extend our lifespans and reshape the human body. The results can be heavenly --- saving the life of your dying child; and horrific --- the ability to modify convicts into robot slaves. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying and action-packed, this novel is groundbreaking in both form and substance. STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL examines how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen, and what it means to be human at all. It should come as no surprise that STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL is one of our Ultimate Reading List titles, and in celebration of the book's release, we talked to Arwen about her new book, genetic modification, research and writing and more! Keep reading to see her answers.

Interview: Jessica Brody, author of The Geography of Lost Things

Nov 6, 2018

A poignant novel about a girl trying to save her home from foreclosure by selling her father's most prized possession, Jessica Brody's latest contemporary romance THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOST THINGS came out in October. When Ali Collins her estranged father passes away and leaves her his 1968 Firebird convertible, Ali knows she won’t keep it.

Interview: Jimmy Cajoleas, author of The Good Demon

Oct 4, 2018

With Halloween just in our rear-view mirror, who doesn't want to curl up with a dark yet hopeful YA novel about demons and romance to make the spooky mood last a little longer? In Jimmy Cajoleas' latest YA horror, THE GOOD DEMON, what they did to Clare wasn't technically an exorcism. When the reverend and his son ripped her demon from her, they called it a “deliverance.” But they didn’t understand that Clare and her demon --- known simply as Her --- were like sisters. She comforted Clare, made her feel brave, helped to ease her loneliness.

Interview: Kristina Pérez, author of Sweet Black Waves

Sep 13, 2018

A retelling of the star-crossed legend of Tristan and Iseult, author Kristina Pérez's debut novel SWEET BLACK WAVES hit shelves in June. Informed by Pérez's own work as a scholar of medieval literature, the novel is a feminist fantastical adventure about Branwen, a lady-in-waiting who becomes the heroine of her own story. We spoke with Kristina about legends and retellings, the best YA "ships" and teasers about the sequel, WILD SAVAGE STARS, out next August. Check out our interview for all the details!