Release Date: Dec. 1, 2015
Genre: YA Sci-Fi / YA Science Fiction
Published by: Entangled Teen
Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21480858-nexis
Entangled Page: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/nexis/
In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.
Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.
But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.
Published by Entangled Teen
Published on March 21st, 2017
Genre: YA Sci-Fi / YA Science Fiction
The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.
To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.
But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.
But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.
Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.
Or die trying.
A.L. (Amanda) Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. She prefers revisionist tales in paranormal, romance, Steampunk, and fantasy. She is the author of Salvation Station (adult psych horror), The City Steam Collection (adult psych horror), For Your Heart (YA Paranormal Romance) and her YA Sci-Fi novel, Nexis, is coming out with Entangled Publishing December 1, 2015!
By day, Amanda lives in Connecticut with her two feline hench-creatures and makes cheese. She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. Amanda also wears purple shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble. She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, a bit gothic, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.
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Can you tell us about your newest book, Redux?
Redux is a companion novel to Nexis, the first of the Trickster’s books. It’s a continuation of Ellani Drexel’s journey after she plants the Anansi Virus for her uncle, Simon. You’ll get a deeper glimpse into the lives of the Aristocrats and the Disfavored, get some answers about the tricksters and their motives, see Ella totally kick intellectual butt, and, of course, get an answer to that burning question of “Who played the game?”
What was your favorite scene to write?
I think that the car chase scene at the end of the book is my favorite. I’ve always loved the Mad Max franchise and I sort of lived that out vicariously through this chase scene.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
I didn’t really edit out scenes, I completely rewrite the book, which means I cut entire story lines and most of the plot. That was pretty difficult, LOL! The very first version of Redux had Ella in Cadence, the sister city to Evanescence. She and the others have been kidnapped by cannibals and sold into slavery. Ella ends up with a wealthy owner who shows off her cyborgism like some kind sick trophy — makes her wear elaborate costumes, dance, and shmooze. She ends up making a close friendship with another slave, Delaney, and they work together to try and release Gus and Quentin from certain death in the Colosseum. It was a fun story, but I couldn’t get a good arc out of the plot without going way over the word limit. It didn’t showcase Ella’s skills at all because I put her in such a difficult situation. Also, she and Delaney ended up getting way too close and that wasn’t where I wanted to go with her romantically. I may end up recycling the concept in another book somewhere down the line…
What theme song would you give Redux?
“Elastic Heart” by Sia was my anthem while writing this novel. The emotional state that Ella and I shared kind of fits it. So, I listened to it a lot.
What else are you currently working on?
I have a number of projects I’m currently working on — both for adults and teens. I can’t say which of them will be published next, but I encourage any readers who enjoyed the Tricksters to pick up For Your Heart or M.I.A., my other two published novels, while they wait!
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
Hm…That’s a hard one. I actually picked up a book on BookBub a couple of months past called The Uncanny Valley, by Gregory Miller. It’s unconventional, which I like as I’m bored by conventional pieces right now. I really liked the concept of it and the characters were compelling to me. I had to buy the sequel right away.
What is currently in your TBR pile?
Oh geez, it’s like a billion miles high! I think the thing I’m burning to read when I get a chance is Lost Gods by Brom. I really love his work and I’m looking forward to his newest novel.