by Kate Ormand
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
The future world has been divided into sectors–each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors’ thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what’s coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.
Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she’ll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.
He’s shaking. Behind him, the guards carry a cyborginto the room. As soon as I see it I start pulling at my bonds, struggling in my seat, trying to get free. Not this, anything but this. Why are they bringing that monster in here?
I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.
They attach the cyborg to the wall at its waist with heavy metal chains. They do the same to Mr. Tanner. Monster and man are side by side.
I get a lot of my inspiration from images. I make mood boards and Pinterest boards before and during writing a book. It helps me picture things more clearly in my mind. Images are great for description—sometimes, when you see something so clearly in your own mind, it’s easy to forget others are looking at your story for the first time and relying on you to show them the world you’ve created, then their imagination can build on that, too.
Here’s a short excerpt from DARK DAYS, where Sia provides some description of the sector:
I start to wonder what I’ll miss most about this place. Sure, there isn’t much to it. There is no color, no vibrancy, no energy. Just streets lined with dull, block houses in tidy rows, perfectly parallel to one another. Roads turn at sharp angles, with each corner made complete by a chunky black camera with a red blinking light to let you know you are being watched.
And here’s a link to my Pinterest page where you can view an inspiration board for DARK DAYS, and one for THE WANDERERS:http://www.pinterest.com/kateormand/