Posts tagged dystopian

Interview: Roseanne Supernault Talks Northlander and Diversity in Media

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We spoke to actress, Roseanne Supernault, about her upcoming movie, The Northlander which explores Indigenous culture in a dystopian and science fiction world. She is a strong voice for representation in media and also works with youth as a facilitator for suicide prevention. After reading this interview, I think you’ll agree with us that Roseanne is a real life Wonder Woman!

I watched the trailer for The Northlander and I am pretty excited about this film! I’ve watched fantasy and science fiction shows for years and I always think it’s worth discussing that a lot of them are still lacking representation. I think it’s great that The Northlander explores a different perspective through Aboriginal characters. Please tell our readers about it and about the character that you play.

The Northlander is a Dystopic Adventure Sci-Fi that takes the main character on a mission for his people and along the way he meets my character Mari, a Huntress. Both of us are searching for identity and belonging, and in the midst of it all become entangled with the nefarious and nomadic Heratics who seem to want something from both of us…

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INTERVIEW: Marie Lu’s ‘PRODIGY’

Last year, Marie Lu’s first young adult novel, LEGEND, blew us all away and in January 2013, the second installment in Day and June’s dystopian adventure is coming: PRODIGY. The cover of the new book was revealed a couple of weeks ago as well as an excerpt from the first chapter, which you can read over at www.legendtheseries.com. Be warned! Just like in LEGEND, the first chapter of PRODIGY will leave you hanging!

Marie was kind enough to do a quick interview with us to let us know what we can look forward to in the second book.

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Is it as exciting to see the finished product for PRODIGY as it was with LEGEND?

MARIE LU: YES! Seeing PRODIGY come together is actually exciting in a completely different way. I’ve written plenty of manuscripts before (that never made it), but this is the very first book I’ve written that’s a sequel to something. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever written, so I’m really excited and anxious to hear what readers think!

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Tatsuyuki Tanaka’s ‘LEGEND’ Illustration

The LEGEND Facebook fanpage just dropped this image about a minute ago and I immediately got over-excited. How cool and amazing is that? This is the cover of the book, Legend by Marie Lu, in Japan which is illustrated by Tatsuyuki Tanaka (Akira, Bubblegum Crisis). I love how Tanaka incorporates his cyberpunk style to the characters and it’s definitely suited to the story. Day definitely works well as a bishounen, don’t you think?

I gotta get me a copy!

Also, listen to our podcast episode with the author, Marie Lu, read ART: Day from Marie Lu’s LEGEND + Book Review & Interviews and check out Marie Lu’s LEGEND Book Launch Party!

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Ep. 39 Rescue All the Cats

The Lady Defective Geeks discuss young adult books and the dystopian genre. They discuss several books like ‘Legend’, ‘Hunger Games’, ‘1984’ and ‘The Giver.’ We also try to figure out what we would do if we were thrown into a Battle Royale type situation. Basically, we would all probably die quick deaths and Sailor Mizz just wants to rescue all the cats.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Frail’ by Joan Frances Turner

Frail is Book 2 of Joan Frances Turner‘s The Resurgam Trilogy. In Frail, we follow Amy’s story in a post-apocalyptic world, devastated by a plague. In the beginning, there were zombies. Then the disease came that made everyone hungry. No matter what they ate– food, objects, their own children, etc.– their hunger were unsatisfied. It was terrifying for those who weren’t affected and were forced into hiding before they became someone’s meal.

Then one day, suddenly, everyone recovered and transformed into something more than human, more than zombies. The ex-zombies became self-aware again but they were not human. The ex-humans became some thing more than human. The strange hunger was still there but they’ve become almost immortal with super human strength.

Amy is one of the few human beings that survived and is referred to as a ‘frail.’ She was on her own after all the adults that took her of her passed away. She was surviving, hoping to not fall victim to one of the ex’es. They were predators and she was an easy prey. All the while a feral dog stalked her but she doesn’t know if he’s real or if she is going crazy.

Then she meets Lisa, one of the ex who is hanging onto her humanity. Reluctantly, Amy was forced to form an uneasy alliance with this female ex.

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INTERVIEW: Jo Treggiari, author of ‘Ashes, Ashes’

Ashes, Ashes focuses on survivor, Lucy “Lucky” Holloway, a teenage girl. While an epidemic killed her entire family and most of humanity, Lucy avoided becoming sick and dying from the plague. Then when natural disaster decided to wipe out what was left of human civilization, she still found a way to live.

Despite all the loss she had suffered through Lucy is still very much a teenager, clumsy and insecure. All on her own she found the courage to keep waking up every day with just a single survival guide to tell her how to live. It is lonely and brutal. Lucy thought she would have to keep hiding and scavenging for what little food was left for the rest of her life, however long that may be.

Then one day she met another survivor, a teenage boy named Aidan. Lucy had an aversion to other people and had trouble trusting them. In the end, people need other people and faith pushes Lucy to Aidan’s direction. She joins a community of other survivors where she learns again what it was like to live and work with other people. She also faces her fears, finds deeper courage and new truths begin to unravel. Is there hope for human beings to survive?

Ashes, Ashes is a dark imagining of what could happen to our world and exposes the fragility of human beings. The author, Jo Treggiari  hones in to a world that gave you a feeling of: this could happen. Yes, I do recommend you read the book especially if you like young adult dystopian novels. It is very well written and the touch of suspense will definitely hook you. I love that the female main character is honest. Even though I am way past the age, she felt like a true teenager and someone relatable despite the extreme situation she is in.

I love Jo and I “twitter” with her constantly. I finally asked her to do an interview for the blog and was delighted that she said yes!

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