This is my stop on the blog tour for REVOLUTION 19, hosted (and published) by Harper Teen!
First, let’s take a peek at the book, shall we?
Release: January 8, 2013
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Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.
Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.
Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.
Read on for my interview with author Gregg Rosenblum!
Thank you for being here today, Gregg! Your young adult novel, REVOLUTION 19 is one of the first highly anticipated releases for 2013 and I’m thrilled to have you visit!
Your bio says that you work at Harvard in communications and technology. How does a Harvard man end up writing a young adult novel?
I’ve always considered myself a writer first and foremost…I spent years writing “serious” “adult” fiction and then finally realized to really have fun, I needed to return to the stuff that first blew my mind when I was a kid, and turned me into a book lover…scifi and fantasy.
Describe REVOLUTION 19 in ten words or less.
Robots take over. Their parents captured, so kids fight back.
Here’s a haiku:
Robots enslave man.
Their parents are imprisoned,
So the kids fight back.
For those who don’t know, REVOLUTION 19 is a science fiction about three teenage siblings searching for their human parents in a robot-controlled future world. Tell us where this awesome idea came from.
SciFi is always an extrapolation of the present, a plausible, possible “what if?”…I wanted to play with our ever-increasing reliance on technology, and take it to the point where everything backfires. And then it seemed fun to take three kids and put ‘em in a really tough spot, to watch them rise to the occasion, or perhaps in someways fail…
In a sci-fi novel it can sometimes be hard to balance the science and technologywith characterization. How did you make readers connect with Nick, Kevin, and Cass?
The relationship between the three siblings was very important to me. I wanted them to truly feel like a family, with all the love and dysfunction. And of course, they had to be separate, interesting individuals. Nick, the oldest, feels the weight of responsibility for guarding his siblings, but he can be too quick to anger. Cass is a great athlete, and an artist, and the peacemaker between her brothers, but can perhaps be too cautious. And Nick, the youngest, is naturally brilliant with technology, but is impetuous and can sometimes create more problems than he solves.
Will this be a series? If so, what can we look forward to in the series in the future?
Trilogy! I’m working on book 2 right now. I’ll be following the siblings as they continue to find ways to fight the bots, and try to rescue their parents. There may be some love triangles, and some death, and a betrayal or two…
1. Favorite guilty pleasure: Billy Idol
2. Author you’d give your right arm to meet: Kurt Vonnegut
3. Best snack that helps you write better: Salt & Vinegar potato chips
4. Dream vacation destination: Tahiti, by teleporter
5. Favorite science fiction/fantasy movie: SciFi: A Clockwork Orange. Fantasy: Fellowship of the Ring
Thank you so much for visiting, Gregg!
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