Today Kieryn Nicolas is on the blog talking about dystopia and her newest book Flawless Ruins. Kieryn is a teenager herself and I have to say that she did a great job in creating a dystopian society. But without further ado here is Kieryn (and a giveaway at the end!).
Before giving a book report on Inside Out by Maria Snyder, I’d never heard the word dystopia. After I finished presenting about the book in my freshman English class, however, my teacher mentioned how interesting the dystopia genre was and how intriguing the social commentaries were. I’m sorry to say I totally missed the next classmate who presented because my mind was already churning, deciding, oh, yeah, I’m totally writing a dystopia. Soon. Because seriously, how cool is that word? Dyyyystopia.Yeah, I actually thought that.
I do remember, during the science fiction week of a Young Writers Workshop I did a few summers ago, concocting societies with today’s societal flaws portrayed in an exaggerated manner. I didn’t know the word then (or maybe I forgot) but I’d loved the idea and after my book report I knew we had been stirring up dystopias. There, I decided, further proof I should write one.
My idea didn’t arrive until a few months later, when I was complaining about both the fictional and real worlds’ obsession with “perfect” love interests. “Half the books I checked out over break had pretty much the same guy. Just a different name and I think in one he was blond.” I’m sure writing perfect, why-aren’t-they-real? guys isn’t really a flaw in society, but as I complained I labeled it as such. And during this mini-tirade the idea for Flawless Ruins came into being.
Dystopias are awesome to read but I enjoyed writing one just as much. It probably won’t be my last, though my current manuscript is more of a contemporary (not sure how to classify it yet).
If you want to learn more (such as, more about me, or where to find Flawless Ruins—or Rain!) check out my website: www.kierynnicolas.com. Also, I blog Tuesdays at www.yalitsix.blogspot.com, and you can find me on Facebook!
Flawless Ruins Description:
In 2238, life in America is finally perfect. The Wars are over and the CommWall is in place, blocking communication with what remains of other continents. The women are content to have great education, choice careers, and glamorous hair. Best of all, when every girl turns seventeen she’s given her Like; an adorable, perfect spouse tailor-made just for her.
Everyone looks forward to the day she gets her Like, and Morgan Waters is no exception—until she accidentally stays out past curfew and stumbles across someone who appears to be a Like but claims to be a man. Morgan’s perfect world crumbles down around her in the midst of a forbidden romance, forcing her to deal with the realization that her life may not be so flawless after all.
I'm giving away my copy to one lucky person.
Open to US/Canada only.
Must be 13 or older to enter.
Ends July 5th, 2011
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This is just one giveaway of this great event! For the schedule of The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post. And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!