Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
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Seeing as though this interview is part of Sci-Fi Month, I’ll start off by asking some questions to do with sci-fi:
1. What do you think is the appeal of sci-fi?
I think it’s human nature to look to the future, and wonder where we, as a society, are heading. Sometimes that future looks very vast and shiny and exciting, with things like hover cars and transporters. Other times it’s dark and scary, like The Hunger Games. Either way, it’s intriguing to us.
2. Why did you decide to write sci-fi?
Weirdly enough, I never would have thought in a million years that my first novel would be science-fiction. I was always the fantasy lover: dragons and sorcery and the like. But I wrote a science-fiction story for a writing contest a few years ago, a futuristic retelling of the fairy tale “Puss in Boots,” and I completely fell in love with this concept of combining fairy tales and science fiction. I couldn’t find that it had been done before, and I felt like there was a lot of potential there. So, since I didn’t have much literature to draw on for inspiration, I went back to my sci-fi loves—Star Wars and Firefly—to inspire my futuristic world. I think that’s why my books are so character-oriented, as opposed to technology. I really think of them more as “space opera” than sci-fi.
And now I’m going to move onto random questions:
3. Kiss, kill, marry- Kai, Thorne, Wolf
Oh, I have indeed done this before, and my answer doesn’t change, lol. Kiss: Kai, because the paparazzi would have a hayday with it. Marry: Wolf, because I think he would be such a sweet and doting husband. Kill: Thorne, even though I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE him, I think he would start to drive me crazy after a while.
4. Would you want to live in the world that you’ve created? As in, would you want to live in the Third Era?
Yes, though it’s not all great and wonderful. The plague is terrifying, and the Lunars are slowly digging their talons into Earth, which is a scary prospective. But there is lots of awesome technology, plus: world peace!
5. Name a book from your shelf that is yellow.
Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn.
6. Seeing as though your Lunar Chronicles books are based on fairy tales, what’s your favourite fairy tale?
I don’t really have a favourite, but I’ve always been drawn to the fairy tales that have dark, gory beginnings that haven’t quite made it into our modern day, Disney-fied culture. Such as how Cinderella’s stepsisters chop off their toes and heels to fit into the slipper, or how the wolf tricked Little Red into devouring parts of her grandmother in the very old versions of the tale. I’m just so intrigued by how bizarre these stories were, and how unlike the stories we tell our children today.
7. Since this blog is named Looking for the Panacea, what would be your Panacea Candidates?
Oh wow – so many candidates! Divergent would certainly be on the list; I’m eagerly anticipating the final instalment with everyone else. And also Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama. That’s one of those books that I tend to push on everyone who will listen. It’s dark and mysterious and eerie and I absolutely love it.
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