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Deadly Destinations: The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

September 2nd, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations Comments Off on Deadly Destinations: The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

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Deadly Destinations travels to post-war Paris after the devastating Great Magicians’ War. We have a list of Do’s and Don’ts on how to survive in this troubled city. The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard is a fantasy novel that explores this world in depth. It is the first novel in the Dominion of the Fallen series and it was released on August 18, 2015 from ROC/Penguin.


A Tourist’s Guide to How to Survive in Post-War Paris

The traveler fortunate enough to reach post-war Paris will find a wondrous city: ruined, to be sure, and a fraction of its former glory, but nevertheless a place where one can still find stupendous food, marvelous gardens, and glittering parties where the elite of the city entertain their friends and allies (and enemies).

Here are a few tips to help you to survive past your first night, and hopefully have a (reasonably) good time while you’re there.


Find lodgings at a House. Being a member of one of the main magical factions of Paris will immensely facilitate your life (not to mention provide you with food protection, and a roof over your head). The admission criteria are nebulous: if you are a member of a French or European House, you may be able to avail yourself of existing or old alliances. If you are a Fallen angel and/or skilled in the wielding of magic, you may be able to catch the eye of a House dependent. Generally, admissions are decided upon by the head of the House.

Pay your respects. It is customary for a new arrival to a House to have an interview with the head of the House upon arriving; if the opportunity is not offered by someone else, you will have to insist, as not doing it could be seen as a slight. Some Houses insist on protocol more than others: House Harrier (in the 15e arrondissement), for instance.

Keep your head down. Houses are ruthless and mostly run by Fallen: as befits former angels, Fallen are immortal, ageless, and have very long memories. In particular, the House of Hawthorn (in the Southwest, near the border of Paris with the suburbs) will never forget a slight against one of its dependents, and its head Asmodeus is well known for being implacable. The House Silverspires, on Ile de la Cité, will destroy anything and anyone in its path: it might be on the wane with founder Lucifer Morningstar’s disappearance, but it’s still not to be trifled with.

Be helpful to your hosts, but not too much. Post-war Paris is a fragile equilibrium between the various Houses: no one wishes to rekindle the magical conflagration that destroyed the city, but every House fights every other House for influence and power, and the alliances shift regularly. Visitors who are not proper dependents are considered expendable: do not get involved in intrigues you have no understanding of, as there is a possibility you might not come back.

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Be out after dark. We cannot understate how important this is, whether you are human, Fallen or something else altogether. Paris at night is the province of gangs, who set upon humans to rob them and upon Fallen to dismember them and sell their body parts on the black market for magic. The gangs aren’t the only Houseless in Paris, but no one will help you against them (perhaps not even your own House).

Linger on bridges. The war has had an unfortunate effect on the Seine: it runs black with the remnants of spells, and sends out tendrils to snatch the unwary  from bridges and quays, and drag them underwater. If you have to be anywhere near the river, run.

Visit the Grands Magasins. They were a wonderful tourist destination before the war, where you could find anything and everything for sale, whether from France, Europe or the colonies. However, with the war, they have been completely destroyed: to take just one example, the dome of the Galeries Lafayette is broken, every floor holds booby-traps, and the entire place is permeated with the screams of the dying–not to mention that the Grands Magasins are now in a Houseless area, and that it’s dangerous to visit them without proper backup.

Sample angel essence: the standard artifacts used to store Fallen magic are not a problem, but angel essence–distilled from ground angel bones–is an addictive drug that corrodes the lungs, and as little as one breath can set you on the road to ruin. It might sound attractive if you’re mortal, to have magic equal to the effortless one of a Fallen; or if you’re Fallen and seeking to replenish your own depleted reserves, but we would advise you to steer well clear of anything to do with essence.

(note that different Houses have different policies: essence is forbidden in House Silverspires, and more routinely used in House Hawthorn).

If you do survive your first week, chances are you have the right instincts in place. Paris is a great location to be if that’s the case–we wish you luck and joy, and hope that all goes for the best. (please note that we do not take responsibility if you fail to survive: Paris holds many traps for the unwary, and this is not an exhaustive guide to survival etiquette, merely a few helpful pointers. There is no right or wrong way: as House Silverspires would put it, whatever works is the right thing).


Aliette de BodardAbout Aliette:

Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris, where she has a day job as a System Engineer. She studied Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, but moonlights as a writer of speculative fiction. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories, which garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and a British Science Fiction Association Award. Forthcoming works include The House of Shattered Wings (August), a novel set in a turn-of-the-century Paris devastated by a magical war, and The Citadel of Weeping Pearls (October), a novella set in the same universe as her Vietnamese space opera On a Red Station Drifting. She lives in Paris with her family, in a flat with more computers than warm bodies, and a set of Lovecraftian tentacled plants intent on taking over the place

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The House of Shattered Wings

Available August 18, 2015 from ROC/Penguin

About this Book:

Multi-award winning author Aliette de Bodard, brings her story of the War in Heaven to Paris, igniting the City of Light in a fantasy of divine power and deep conspiracy…

In the late Twentieth Century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins. The Great Magicians’ War left a trail of devastation in its wake. The Grand Magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France’s once grand capital.

Once the most powerful and formidable, House Silverspires now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls.

Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen angel; an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction; and a resentful young man wielding spells of unknown origin. They may be Silverspires’ salvation—or the architects of its last, irreversible fall. And if Silverspires falls, so may the city itself.

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Deadly Destinations: Serpentine by Cindy Pon

September 1st, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 5 Comments »

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Please welcome author Cindy Pon to Deadly Destinations! She is here to talk about her new novel, Serpentine. It is a young adult fantasy novel that is inspired by Chinese mythology and folklore. This novel is set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia. Serpentine will be released on September 8, 2105 from Month9Books!

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Dark Faerie Tales: Can you start off by telling us about Serpentine and where you got the inspiration to write it?

Cindy: In my debut Silver Phoenix, a beautiful serpent demon disguised in her mortal form tries to lure away one of the characters. She was simply another monster in the novel, and I thought afterward, what if the “monster” had a story? The story of Medusa from Greek mythology has always fascinated me as well, and I wanted to explore the idea of women as “monstrous beauties”.  Much of the setting within a rich manor is inspired by the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber.

DFT: You are a part of We Need Diverse Books which has grown into quite a popular program among the reading world. Was it important to you to add diversity to your book, Serpentine? (I noticed it, for sure, it was refreshing.)

Cindy: Yes! I’m honored to be part of the advisory board for We Need Diverse Books. But before that, I had been working with Malinda Lo on Diversity in YA for some years already. So the passion to push for more inclusive stories has been something I’ve been fighting for and raising awareness of for almost half a decade! I would say that it is very important to me to write inclusive stories. All of my published novels have featured basically all Asian casts.

DFT: Serpentine is your third published novel. How does it defer from your first book, Silver Phoenix? What is similar and what did you try to approach differently?

Cindy: There are similarities in that I am always drawn to the world of gods and demons, and find much inspiration from mythos. The serpent demon is a temptress of lore. But when I set out to write Serpentine, I knew that I wanted to feature a very strong female friendship, which had been lacking in my other two novels. I also wanted to concentrate on character and relationships more.

DFT: There’s plenty of Chinese lore and myths that come into play in this story. How was your research process (if you had one)?

Cindy: Much of my research on mythos and lore were through writing my previous Xia novels. For Serpentine, I read up more on Chinese houses and how they were built, and some of the rituals and superstitions that came with the architecture. Because much of Serpentine takes place within the Yuan estate.


DFT: I found that your writing was very lush and detailed, very well capturing the scenes that you were trying to convey. Have you been to China or did you describe it off photos/research?

Cindy: Thank you so much! I had never been to China until last June (2014). And I had written Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, and Serpentine well before that trip. To help with research, I did buy a lot of huge coffee books that showed the many landscapes of China to give me a visual sense. I am a very visual person, being a Chinese brush painter as well. So I’m inspired by actual scenes for certain. This comes across in my writing, I think.

DFT: The main character in this story has the name Skybright, something out of the norm among Zhen Ni, Lan, and other traditional Chinese names. What was your goal in this unique naming?

Cindy: As I mentioned earlier, Dream of the Chamber definitely inspired Serpentine and its setting in a rich manor. I lifted many of the handmaid’s names straight from that classic. Skybright, Oriole, and Nightingale were actual handmaid names from that book. When I came across the name Skybright from Dream of the Red Chamber, I was taken with it immediately. This was some years ago.

DFT: This story has a big focus on the friendship between Skybright and her mistress, just as big as the romantic relationship. Did you have any close friends that influenced your depiction of those two? 

Cindy: Not really. I think their relationship is unique in that there is a differential in power dynamics and class (Zhen Ni being the mistress and Skybright the handmaid). But I’ve certainly had many very wonderful female friendships that I’m grateful for.

DFT: Since we are featuring deadly destinations during this event what do you think is the deadliest place in the world you created?

Cindy: Definitely the underworld, inspired by the Chinese version of hell.

DFT: If you could visit one place in the kingdom of Xia where would it be and why?

Cindy: The Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the immortals dwell.

DFT: Can you tell us anything about what your next project is or what you are currently working on?

Cindy: Serpentine’s sequel, which will be out Fall 2016!


Serpentine Tour Schedule

Week 1:

8/31/2015- Good Choice Reading– Guest Post

9/1/2015- Dark Faerie Tales Interview

9/2/2015- Fiktshun– Guest Post

9/3/2015- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

9/4/2015- Novel Novice– Interview

Week 2:

9/7/2015- Once Upon A Twilight– Guest Post

9/8/2015- Chapter by Chapter– Interview

9/9/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads– Guest Post

9/10/2015- Mundie Moms– Review

9/11/2015- Page Turners Interview


cindypon_highres-200x300About Cindy:

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009?s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade.

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1 winner will receive a signed hardcover of SERPENTINE and brush art painting card.
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3 winners will receive a signed paperback of SERPENTINE and brush art painting card.
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Available September 8, 2015 from Month9Books

About this Book:

SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

“Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over–I highly recommend Serpentine.” Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels

“Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it.” ~Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series

“Serpentine’s world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you’ll want to lose yourself in.” ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites

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Deadly Destinations: MARY: Unleashed by Hillary Monahan

August 31st, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 11 Comments »

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Deadly Destinations is journeying to the creepy and scary Hockomock Swamp. If you want a scare this is the place to go. Cody Jackson from Hillary Monahan’s Bloody Mary series is here to tell you why you should stay away. MARY: Unleashed is a young adult horror novel. It is the second novel in the Bloody Mary series. MARY: Unleashed will be released on September 8, 2015 from Disney-Hyperion.

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Going into the Hockomock Swamp at night is stupid, and I’m not stupid, so I don’t go.  Hundreds of years ago, King Philip’s War was fought there.  Thousands of people died, Wampanoag Native Americans and English settlers alike, and when they died, they didn’t go wherever it was dead people are supposed to go.  They became part of that bloody land. Spirits are bad enough to contend with, but angry spirits are a whole other kettle of fish, and the Hockomock Swamp is full of angry spirits. They want to hurt you. Worse, they know how to do it.  From the punishing flora to the quicksand to the packs of wild dogs, the swamp has an arsenal and its big gun is the fog.

Don’t let the fog catch you.

It roils, tendrils of green branching out from inside the gray, wisping over the land far faster than any normal fog will.  It’s low to the ground and its reach is wide. I’ve seen it in passing a few times, when I’ve ridden my bike by Flaggy Meadow, and I knew enough to keep right on riding as fast as my legs would carry me. It had killed all the grass it touched.  Sapling, shrubs—those died beneath its touch, too.  The bigger trees withstood it, but not the small scale stuff. That just turns black and shrivels.

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Oh, and have I mentioned it screams?  Because it does.  The fog screams.  If you get too close to it—and I highly recommend you don’t get too goddamned closed to it—you can hear the voices inside. It’s a chorus of the displaced, of the killed-too-soon, of those lost when the fog grabbed them and pulled them in and refused to let them go.  It’s unintelligible babbling, and I’m not sure it’s English, but again, I’m not going to do any in-person research.

Because again, I’m not stupid. Smart people stay away from the fog.

There are other phenomenon in the swamp, too, like the phantom lights that blink at night and the strange creatures no one can quite identify even on a third or fourth glance.  Supposedly, there’s a woman in white who walks Maple Street and if you let her into your car, in three days you’ll die within that same car.  Nine cases of that over the past fifty years.  I’ve never seen her myself, but I avoid Maple Street because I’ve seen enough of this town to know you don’t mess with its monsters.  And there are plenty of monsters.

Like Mary. And we all know about Mary.

–          Cody Jackson


Hillary MonahanAbout Hillary:

Hillary Monahan is Eva Darrows is also an international woman of mystery. Holed up in Massachusetts with three smelly basset hounds, she writes funny, creepy things for fun and profit.

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MARY Unleashed

Available September 8, 2015 from Disney-Hyperion

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Mary in the mirror.
Mary in the glass.
Mary in the water.

Mary lurks in the emptiness, in the darkness . . . in the reflection. That is, until Jess unleashes her into the world. Now Mary Worth is out and her haunting is deadlier than ever.

No one is safe.

Shauna, Kitty, and Jess must band together to unearth the truth about Mary’s death to put her soul to rest for good. Their search leads them back to where it all began-to Solomon’s Folly, a place as dangerous as the ghost who died there a century and a half ago. Quick sand, hidden traps and a phantom fog are the least of their worries. To stop Mary, they need to follow a dark string of clues and piece together a gruesome mystery that spans generations.

But time is running out.

As chilling facts come to light, Mary inches ever closer to her prey. Can Jess, Shauna, and Kitty break Mary’s curse before it’s too late? Or will history repeat itself until there is no one left to call her name . . . ?

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Deadly Destinations: The Uninvited by Cat Winters

August 31st, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations Comments Off on Deadly Destinations: The Uninvited by Cat Winters

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Please welcome back author Cat Winters to Deadly Destinations. The Uninvited by Cat Winters is set during the Great Influenza of 1918. Ivy Rowen has provided us with a survival list of what we should or shouldn’t do during this terrible time in American and world history. The Uninvited is a standalone adult historical novel was released on August 11, 2015 from William Morrow/HarperCollins.


THE UNINVITED, by Cat Winters

Buchanan, Illinois, Survival Guide

Dear spirits,

Every single time I catch sight of one of you, Death immediately snatches away someone I love. I glimpse you in my home and on the darkened streets, and I fear who will be the next to leave me.

Perhaps I can deter you from come coming my way. Quite frankly, I don’t recommend a visit to my hometown of Buchanan, Illinois, for anyone right now, living or dead.

Spirits, here is what one needs to do to survive during this hellish autumn of 1918. I swear, even you might not be able to set foot here without feeling haunted.

DON’T speak German. We’re still very much at war with Germany, and local citizens—including members of my own family, I’m ashamed to admit—are on the hunt for anyone who seems more German than American.

DO buy Liberty Bonds to help fund the war. I know, it’s a silly request to give a spirit, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the “superpatriots” among us stopped and questioned the loyalty of even those who are no longer living and breathing. Townsfolks already ran at least one man out of Buchanan for failing to buy bonds.

DON’T be surprised to see our local grocer turning his delivery wagon into a makeshift hearse. In addition to the war-inspired paranoia, a lethal flu is raging through town, and I worry we’ll soon have more ghosts than mortals residing here. Perhaps that thought makes you happy, lonely spirits, but it paralyzes me.

DO keep a close watch over your shoulder. Spies exist among us, namely members of a group of volunteers called the American Protective League. In fact, I’ve caught one of their members trailing me. I’ve grown quite close to a young German gentleman, you see, and the vigilantes of Buchanan now treat me like a criminal.

DON’T play any German music, including Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart. Local authorities recently interrogated a young mother for singing Brahms to her child. Yes, even art can be considered “the enemy” right now.

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DO carry your “enemy alien” registration card with you at all times if you were German-born. It’s the law.

DON’T visit the jazz club that now occupies the top floor of the Buchanan Masonic Lodge. That’s one of my only means of escape right now, and I don’t want you there, spirits. I don’t want you spoiling that little taste of heaven for me.

DO be prepared to be confused by some of our street names. Werner Street sounded too foreign; therefore, it became Willow Street after the start of the war.

DON’T linger in the roads for too long after dark. I spend the nights driving through town in a Red Cross ambulance, helping to fetch the sick with two other volunteers. I don’t have time to watch out for ghosts as I’m tearing through the streets.

So, wayward spirits, as you can plainly see, Buchanan, Illinois, isn’t a place for you. Stay away. For your own good and mine, please stay far away.

Yours in desperation,

Ivy Rowan

October 1918


Cat WintersAbout Cat:

Cat Winters is the author of award-winning young adult fiction, including In the Shadow of Blackbirds, a Morris Award Finalist and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, and The Cure for Dreaming, a VOYA 2014 Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror pick. Her debut adult novel, The Uninvited, released from William Morrow on August 11, 2015. She lives in Portland with her husband and two kids.

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The Uninvited

Available August 11, 2015 from William Morrow/HarperCollins

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From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirdscomes a stunning new novel—a masterfully crafted story of love, loss, and second chances. Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story, part psychological thriller, perfect for those who lovedThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.

Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.

But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains. For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.

Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.

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Deadly Destinations: Evolution by Stephanie Diaz

August 30th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 7 Comments »

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Deadly Destinations travels to the ravaged world of Kiel. Kiel may look beautiful but it is quite dangerous and living there is absolutely terrifying for its inhabitants. For more on Kiel check out the post below and the Extraction series by Stephanie Diaz. The final novel in the series, Evolution, will be released on September 8, 2015 from St. Martin’s Griffin. The Extraction series is for readers who love young adult science fiction/dystopian type novels.

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Visitor’s Guide to Kiel’s Surface

By Clementine

So, you’re thinking about visiting Kiel’s Surface? I suppose my home might look appealing from the outside. From space the planet looks lush and full of greenery: jungles, and mountains and plains. The desert seems small in comparison. And have you seen our moon? Those swirls of pink fog collecting on its surface make the night sky simply lovely as you’re strolling down the streets of camp.

But here’s my biggest piece of advice for you: Don’t come any closer. Turn your spaceship around and fly it straight back to wherever you came from. Trust me, anywhere is better than here.

Don’t believe me? Fine, I’ll show you around and we’ll see if you change your mind. But I won’t be putting my skin on the line for you if you do anything stupid. So don’t do anything stupid.

(Again, you really should run while you still can.)


Our planet has five sectors, four of them underground. The Surface is easily the most dangerous sector of them all.

If you’re twenty or younger, you’ll be tossed straight into the death camp and put to work pulling weeds out of the crop fields, tending to the animals in the pens, and starving half to death. There’s no escape from it, unless you’re lucky enough to pass the Extraction test when you turn sixteen. Then you just might win an escape, but only ten kids are chosen out of hundreds every year so the odds are slim. Oh, and if you don’t pass, when you turn twenty the officials will haul you to the quarantine facility. Gas chambers. Even our deaths can’t be quick or painless.

But I haven’t even mentioned the worst part. You’ve seen the moon shining up there, all pink and glowing every night? Well, I wouldn’t stay outside to gaze at it too long. That pink gas is acid—acid that’ll burn your face off and make your death a hundred times more painful than the gas chamber. The shield up in the atmosphere is supposed to protect us from the acid, but it’s been known to glitch.

Already over the age of twenty? Well, you might get lucky. There’s a chance the Developers might decide you’re worth keeping around if you have an exceptionally high Promise. But your intelligence or strength would have to be off the charts. And you’ve already missed your chance to take the official Extraction test, so it’s pretty unlikely the Developers will make an exception.


Let’s say you’re lucky enough to pass the Extraction test, or lucky enough to win an exception—where do you go next? Your prize is a one-way ticket to the Core, the sector built around—you guessed it—the core of Kiel. Don’t worry, you won’t die from molten lava or anything; our engineers have done an excellent job of making the Core inhabitable over the centuries. In fact, you’re safer in the Core than anywhere else on the planet. You’ll have better food, more recreational options, job opportunities that don’t involve coming home covered in mud and stinky of manure, and, best of all, you’ll never even have to think about the moon’s acid seeping through the walls.

But there are three important rules you need to follow in order to have a safe life in the Core:

  1. 1. Don’t ask questions.
  2. 2. Don’t fight the doctors.
  3. 3. Don’t disobey the Developers.

My trouble was: I’ve never been great at following the rules.


SD Author Photo Hi ResAbout Stephanie:

Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, Extraction, while studying film at San Diego State University. She has since written two sequels, Rebellion and the forthcoming Evolution, which hits shelves September 8th. In her spare time she fangirls over TV shows and writes music.

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The final book in the brilliantly paced Extraction series. About a fearless girl who wins escape from a brutal life only to find herself battling to save her planet from destruction.


Clementine and Logan’s world is on the brink of destruction. An army of aliens from the distant planet Marden has arrived with a massive fleet of battleships, intent on finally putting an end to an age-old war. With the Alliance headquarters reduced to rubble and one of the rebel leaders close to death, Clementine and her friends have no choice but to retreat to the Core to escape the alien ships attacking the Surface.

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