#GuestPost Boy of Blood by @MeganORussell @FierySeasPub
On my stop today of the Boy of Blood blog tour I am bringing to you a guest post by the author Megan O’Russell. Before I do, please read a bit about her new novel Boy of Blood, this is the 2nd book in the Girl of Glass Series and it is out now to buy!
Boy of Blood
By Megan O’Russell
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Series: Girl of Glass
Genre: YA Dystopia
Release Date: April 10, 2018
After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.
Clinging to Jeremy, Nola struggles to find a way to exist in the domes, turning her back on all she learned in the city. But when one of the outsiders brings the dark secrets of the domes to light, the line between survival and murder blurs against the spectre of the dying world.
Can Nola follow the dark path laid out by the Domes? Will the dangers of the night become her new sanctuary?
Now without further ado, please keep reading the guest post the author has kindly written
THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS — MEGAN O’RUSSELL
“This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.” ~T.S. Eliot
When writing a dystopian novel, one of the strangest—and most potentially upsetting tasks—is deciding how the world as we know it ended.
Was there a plague that killed off half the population? Was there a war that destroyed all governments? Did a natural disaster strike? Was all power on the planet wiped out?
As a person, all of those options are horrifying enough to keep me up at night. As an author, it’s like going to a buffet of badness where you get to choose your own adventure.
With the Girl of Glass series, I didn’t want to start at the end of the world. I wanted to go through the process. To step into the middle of the end and let my characters live or die as society falters. The world into which Nola Kent, our protagonist, has been born is on the brink of environmental collapse.
Acid rain kills crops, the sun sears skin, and pollution in the soil poisons rations. A bleak future for those seeking food, water, and shelter, and a challenge to explore as an author. If the water is polluted, what are the people drinking? If acid rain burns crops, what have the people come up with to help them grow food?
Nola Kent comes from the domes, a heaven for the chosen few. Safe inside their glass domes, they are supplied with clean air and water and have ample space for safely growing food. Their world isn’t ending. They sleep safely in their beds at night, knowing that tomorrow will come.
But not everyone has the privilege of safety.
For the masses, the end comes quickly. Disease runs rampant through the city. Food is scarce, jobs are scarcer. The government is no longer functional. Death and pain are expected parts of life outside the glass.
Civilization is spiraling toward a terrible end. But will the end come with fire or slow starvation?
The question itself is as important as the protagonist’s motivation, the climax of the love story, or the death of a beloved character. Bringing the world to an end is the killing of a most beloved character. The city once burned cannot be rebuilt. A population once slaughtered will not reemerge.
So how do you choose what devastation to rain down? With merciless care.
Ever disaster must have meaning, knocking out another support to bring about ultimate collapse.
And Nola must watch the destruction. Seeing each disaster from the safety of her glass dome. But when the pain of inaction becomes too much and she ventures into the outside world, will she be strong enough to survive the apocalypse, or will the end consume her.
This is the way the world ends. With one girl who couldn’t sit idly by, watching as others suffer and die.
Wow, well thanks goes to Megan for this insight! I am really thankful for Megan sharing her thoughts and how she writes her dystopian novel.
About the Author:
Megan O’Russell is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Tethering, and Nuttycracker Sweet, a Christmas novella. Megan’s short stories can also be found in several anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters 2, featuring women in speculative fiction. Megan is a professional performer who has spent time on stages across the country and is the lyrist for Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, which received its world premier in 2015. When not on stage or behind a computer, Megan can usually be found playing her ukulele or climbing a mountain with her fantastic husband.