Welcome to our little shop full of nuts and bolts. Have you ever visited a shop where metal is bent and shaped into amazing objects? Most of our products here are produced at the factories but if you want I can show you a small demonstration of a typical day for the workers in Metaltown. They spend their days in a hot factory full of sweaty bodies and roaring furnaces. Their working conditions are far from comfortable but if they want to eat their next meal they will have to stay for their entire shift. In Metaltown everyone looks out for themselves, if you allow yourself to care about others you are just creating a liability. Work hard, keep your head down and you just might make it to adulthood! Do you want to hear a firsthand account of two people who work in Metaltown? Please join me in welcoming Ty and Colin!
Dark Faerie Tales: Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down with us today. To start things off can you both introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about your background?
Ty: *side eyes Colin*
Colin: Well. I guess I’ll start then. I’m Colin. Tall. Smart. Devilishly good looking.
Ty: Here we go.
Colin: I grew up across the beltway in Bakerstown, but my family moved to Metaltown a few years back on account of the great views and job opportunities.
Colin: And friendly people. Did I mention that? Metaltown’s full of the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet.
Ty: If you mean they’ll steal the clothes off your back and the food off your table soon as you turn your head, sure, they’re friendly enough.
Colin: Ty’s well known around the factory for her sunny disposition.
Ty: Disposition? Nice word, prep school.
Colin: *rolls eyes*
Ty: I grew up in Metaltown. I work at the Small Parts Factory – Division II if you’re new to town. And if I don’t have a sunny disposition, it’s only because the foreman skipped out on our pay this week. Again. Son of a…
Colin: I told you. All sunshine and roses.
Ty: We wake up. We work. We look for clean water and food. That’s what we do.
Colin: Come on, it’s not all bad. You get to hang out with me all day.
Ty: *blushes* *grumbles* What’s the next question, anyway?
DFT: Ty for a long time you didn’t care about anyone but yourself, but then Colin came along. I know letting yourself care about others can become a liability but regardless you became friends with Colin. Do you ever regret that decision?
Ty: Every. Single. Day.
Colin: *socks Ty in the arm*
Ty: *kicks Colin the in the knee*
Colin: *wraps Ty in a bear hug*
Ty: Okay, okay! Fine. Let go already. *blushes furiously* You got to have someone who has your back in Metaltown. Someone you can trust. Colin’s got me, and I got him. No exceptions.
DFT: Colin you didn’t always work at the factories. At one time you lived among the wealthier class, but your family fell on hard times and everything changed. What was the hardest adjustment for you when you moved to the lower class?
Colin: Um, the food? Honestly, that was probably the worst part. It’s hard to tell what’s been tested over here – what’s clean. The corn flu’s unchecked on this side of the beltway, and half the stuff the sell on the street’s been contaminated. My mom needs good food to stay strong, otherwise her condition…it gets worse. Sometimes that means doing favors for the Brotherhood, just to make sure what she eats is safe.
DFT: You two have been friends for years now and have shared a lot of great times together. What has been your favorite memory so far?
Colin: Every day Ty spends with me is her best day.
Ty: Oh yeah. That. And the time we took down those guys from the Board and Care who stole Matchstick’s coat. That was fun.
Colin: I don’t know. Hanging out on the bridge. Watching the trains. Sometimes those are the best times.
Ty: *clears throat* Sure. I guess. *looks away*
DFT: I wanted to ask both of you a few questions about Lena. She is the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the country. You have a chance encounter with her that leads to an unlikely friendship. What did you both think of Lena the first time you met her?
Colin: Smile. *clutches chest*
Ty: Excuse me while I go throw up. Look, Lena’s dangerous. She’s the daughter of one of the richest men in the federation. Who knows what she wants or why she’s here, but it can’t be good.
Colin: It’s definitely good.
DFT: Ty did you ever feel threatened by Lena since she is a girl that your best friend showed some interest in?
Ty: No. Why? Why would you say that? I don’t care who he looks at. He can look at anybody he likes. None of my business.
Colin: Someone feels threatened.
Ty: *shoved Colin to the ground* *kneels on his chest*
Colin: *taps out*
DFT: Colin what was it about Lena that you found so intriguing?
Ty: Don’t say legs again. Or smile. Or chest. Or whatever else you’re thinking, perv.
Colin: Those were just the first things that caught my eye. She’s smart, and she cares. Not just about her father’s factory, but about the workers. About us. She says she can make changes for us, and here’s the thing, she actually can. She’s not just yelling at the man at the top of the ladder, she’s having dinner with him every night. She wants something done, she’s going to do it. I believe in her.
DFT: I imagine that both of you have learned a few lessons along your journey. Do either of you have any words of wisdom you would like to share with us?
Ty: Sleep with one eye open.
Colin: Rotisserie pigeon is better than rat.
DFT: If given the chance to attend a carnival what would be the first food/ride/game you would try?
Ty: What’s a carnival?
Colin: We’ll do the roller coasters. The faster the better. And then we’ll get Ty some cotton candy because she’s so sweet.
Ty: *punches Colin in the arm*
Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and METALTOWN. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her delightfully rambunctious son.
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Available September 20, 2016 by Tor Teen
About this Book:
Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.
The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.
Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.
In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.
An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.
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