Published by Entangled Teen
Published on November 30th, 2015
Genre: YA Dystopian
Entangled Teen: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/ascendancy/
I’ve been lied to, deceived, and manipulated once again. I shouldn’t be surprised, but in a way I am. You’d think I’d be treated with dignity, my every desire fulfilled by those who need me the most. But instead, they plan to control me, keep me hidden, and force me to be complacent while I give birth over and over again.
Hell, I’m the one who’s supposed to save humanity, right? I’m the one with the power to re-populate this world of clones, my ancestors who were produced from harvested DNA.
Michael. He loves me. At this point, he may be my only friend. There may be others. Tension is building in the regions. A secret sect is growing. A rebellion is imminent.
My awakening into this future should have been my savior, my renaissance, my ally.
But instead, it has become my plague.
About the Author:
Karri Thompson, a native of San Diego, California, grew up hanging out at the beach, playing sports, and eventually attending San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education. When she’s not nerding out at San Diego Comic-Con or watching Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings movies for the umpteenth time, she can be seen doing normal people stuff like teaching high-school English, cooking delicious meals for her family (she attributes all of her culinary skills to the Food Network), and attending her son’s football games. In her spare time, she writes young adult and new adult fiction, her biggest passion, and loves listening to hard rock music and going to concerts. She hopes to live long and prosper, and that you will, too.
Read Below for an excerpt from the book:
Michael was the only good thing to come out of my awakening. I didn’t know how long we’d have together, but I realized I wanted to make every second with him count. Twisting to face him, I brought my right leg to the other side of his body and kissed him gently at first, and then a little harder as he brought his hands to my back, massaging his fingers against my shoulder blades.
His lips moved to my neck, and he slid his hand through the hair at the base of my head. I lay against him, savoring his warm breath at my throat as his chest pressed against mine.
“Duck!” Cradling my body, he scrambled to the floor, bringing me down with him.
“What?” I whispered.
“I saw something outside. A shadow. It looked like a person.”
“Victoria! I need to get her.” Crawling on my hands and knees, I entered the living room and picked up my sleeping baby.
“Behind the couch. Let’s go.”
“Watch her,” I said, and rested her on the floor next to Michael.
Drawing the laser pistol from my waist, I scooted to the edge of the couch where I could see the back door.
“I locked it,” he whispered, “but any Security guard or SEC can open it.”
The door slid open. I aimed my pistol, my arms and hands trembling.
Read below for an interview with the author!
Can you tell us about your book, Ascendancy, in 35 words or less?
ASCENDANCY is a thought-provoking and intense twist on a dystopian future. The survival of mankind is at stake, and the only one person who can save it is a girl awakened from the past.
What was your favorite scene to write?
I love it when Cassie kicks ass. My favorite scene is when Michael and she escape from the Governor’s mansion on Tasma. I can’t say more than that without giving too much away, but the scene involves a lot of running, ducking, hiding, bullet avoiding, and a nasty animal bite.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
I had a scene where Cassie is presented with three gifts, one from each region president. I went into a lot of detail describing the gifts and the significance of each. My editor thought that it slowed down the plot, so most of it was cut. I was a bit bummed, since I did a lot of research to come up with the gifts, but I totally trust my editor, so it went bye-bye.
How many books are going to be in this series?
There are three books. MIRROR X released last year. ASCENDANCY is my latest release. RELEGATION (working title) is set to release next year. I’m still working on it. I’m about 10,000 words in. Only about 70,000 more to go.
Are you currently working on anything else?
Writing RELEGATION is taking up all of my time right now, but I have a story idea I keep working on in my head. I need to write up the synopsis and pitch it to my agent to see what she thinks. If she doesn’t think she can sell it, I’ll have to come up with something else, which would be a bummer.
What is currently in your TBR pile?
I really want to read the DIVERGENT series. I love the movies. I’m also a big “Game of Thrones” fan – the series on HBO. I want to read those books, too. I’m just so busy writing and editing my own stuff, that I rarely have the time to read for pleasure. I sometimes miss being able to do that.
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
I can’t really remember the last best book I read. I guess I’d have to say THE HONK AND HOLLAR, OPENING SOON by Billie Letts. Love that book!
A signed copy of Ascendancy by Karri Thompson; open US only