Saturday, May 14, 2011

Guest Post by Emma Newman + Giveaway: Two ARCs of 20 Years Later! (Repost)

Due to...Blogger issues, I need to repost this guest post and giveaway just to be sure! I have pasted the only 7 comments that were "saved." I'm requesting anyone who wants to join to comment again to enter the giveaway! Sorry for the inconvenience!

Hi everyone! Today, Dystopian Domination officially starts with a guest post by Emma Newman about her debut novel, 20 Years Later. This post is the longest and the most detailed. I hope you will stick around for a chance to win an ARC copy of her book!

20 Years Later… beneath the thin veneer

I see 20 Years Later as sitting right in the middle of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction. It's not an average post-apocalyptic tale, as many novels in that sub-genre deal with the immediate aftermath of an apocalyptic event, and the survival of a lucky few. The apocalypse itself is at the forefront of the story, and in 20 Years Later, that's not the case at all, as the apocalypse that killed almost everyone happened twenty years before the book begins.

20 Years Later leans towards a dystopian novel, but isn't fully one of those either, as dystopian fiction usually explores the control over the individual by a dominant force, such as a government or religious organisation. In 20 Years Later there simply aren't enough people left alive for that to have happened. But the gangs that now divide London between their territories are like dystopian societies in microcosm; they control individuals, often through fear of their leaders, punishment or the prospect of being thrown out to fend for oneself. Many fictional dystopian societies are established after some kind of apocalyptic event, or some kind of crisis, I suppose that's why the two sub-genres often get muddled.

So, I seem to have started this by saying 20 Years Later doesn't quite fit here, but I don't want to give that impression! Why? Well, because I feel 20 Years Later has many themes in common with pure dystopian fiction, and because I don't believe in letting a dry academic debate about genre classification get in the way of a book discussion. I love both dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, and I think the two are so closely intertwined that they should inform each other, rather than exclude.

Survival strategies

Even though the apocalyptic event - referred to as 'It' by the survivors - happened two decades ago, 20 Years Later still explores survival strategies. It's one of my favourite aspects of post-apocalyptic fiction because it invites us to examine our own moral compasses when we read about characters killing others over a can of food, or abandoning fellow survivors to horrible deaths because it increases their own chances of survival. Would we do the same in those circumstances?

I studied psychology at university, and instinct and its interaction with society is something I have been fascinated by for a long time. I firmly believe that underneath our fine manners and complex lifestyles we are still just animals, and society is a simply a very thin veneer. Strip it away with an apocalyptic event and you get to see the animal in us all.

In the London of 20 Years Later, different gangs employ different survival strategies. They either scavenge or hunt, find their own food or take it from others, aim to be self-sufficient or so indispensable to others that it guarantees their safety. Each gang has different leaders with different styles, but survival is foremost in all of their minds.

But that isn't what 20 Years Later is all about. That's all just a backdrop, because the book is character-driven and revolves around an intense friendship formed between Zane, Titus and Erin, who come from very different backgrounds.

Zane has never lived within a gang. He's grown up next to a beautiful garden, raised by his mother, and is the only boy in London who thinks people are inherently kind. His mother has worked hard to protect him from the gangs and their violence and politics, but she can't do that forever.

Titus and Erin have had very different childhoods, and I can't tell you too much about them without spoiling the book! Suffice to say that their lives have been much harsher.

Loyalty in adversity

Their relationship with one another is for me, one of the most important aspects of the book. Yes, there is a mystery to solve and a kidnapped sister to find, but in doing that, each of them are learning from each other, and experiencing loyalty to people outside of their immediate families for the first time in their lives.

That's a major theme in 20 Years Later; the difficulty in maintaining loyalty to different groups of people whilst remaining true to yourself and your friends.

An overall message?

I didn't sit down to write 20 Years later with a message in mind, but lots came out in the book. I carried the story around in my head for years before I was able to find a way into it, a way to tell the story on paper. Then one morning I woke up hearing the prologue in my head. I ran to the computer and half an hour later it was on the screen and hasn't changed a great deal since that first draft.

The rest of the book poured out in 26 days. The first draft that is! I wrote between 3-4,000 words a day, I couldn't stop. Then began a long process of revision, multiple re-drafts and lots of rejections, but I didn't give up. I had to get this story out there, and it's taken five years to do it.

The only message I was truly conscious of is one I can't tell you about, as it would be the worst spoiler ever! I plan to set up a secret area on my site for people who have read it and don't need to worry about spoilers, so we can discuss it there if you like.

That message didn't inform the book. I didn't have an agenda and for me that's important. It means that the characters led the story, not me on a soapbox. Ultimately, every reader finds something different in a book, it's my hope that 20 Years later will invite you to think about courage, about loyalty and about the lengths people will go to in order to survive. But most of all, I hope you fall in love with the characters, that you'll forget your comfortable, safe life for a few hours and be transported to a dead London, dusty, ghost-filled and strewn with bones. What you choose to take with you once you leave is up to you.

Thank you for sharing, Em! :) Glad to have you in this event!

20 Years Later will be out on July 5, 2011 (hardcover)! But…the ebook version is already available! Her debut short story anthology, From Dark Places (which I have and have not had the chance of reading yet but I’m dying to, thanks to my hectic schedule and intense advanced summer classes) is already out! Em is really fun and her short stories rock! I'm a member of her short story club and have been enjoying her fiction for weeks now! Discover her awesomeness here.

You can find her in twitter: @emapocalyptic
For more info, visit her at website at

Giveaway: Two ARCs of 20 Years Later by Emma Newman

LONDON, 2012: It arrives and with that the world is changed into an unending graveyard littered with the bones, wreckage, and memories of a dead past, gone forever.LONDON, 2032: Twenty years later, out of the ashes, a new world begins to rise, a place ruled by both loyalty and fear, and where the quest to be the first to regain lost knowledge is an ongoing battle for power. A place where laws are made and enforced by roving gangs-the Bloomsbury Boys, the Gardners, the Red Lady's Gang-who rule the streets and will do anything to protect their own.THE FOUR: Zane, Titus, Erin, Eve. Living in this new world, they discover that they have abilities never before seen. And little do they know that as they search post-apocalyptic London for Titus' kidnapped sister that they'll uncover the secret of It, and bring about a reckoning with the forces that almost destroyed all of humanity.

Thanks to Mark of Dystopia Press, there are two ARCs of 20 Years Later for giveaway! Mark was very generous to offer to do this contest internationally! Yes, you heard me right. Open worldwide!


Be a follower.
Comment about WHY you want to read 20 Years Later with your email address.
Open internationally!
Ends on June 9, 2011.

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  1. Bookish Brunette: I already have a copy of this one! WAY excited to start it!

  2. Jill: Why I want to read 20 Years later? Well, for one it's because I read the anthology of short stories "from dark places" by Emma Newman and I absolutely loved it!
    Well, and of course 20 Years later is dystopian, which draws me like honey draws bees (yes, I believe it's an addiction). The summary sounds absolutely lovely (well ... not lovely, but you know what I mean).
    I follow Fragments of Life and Amaterasu Reads as Jill Barrakling and twittered about this contest here:!/jibar123/status/69168835097403392

    email: jill.barrakling dot gymfred dot de

  3. SusieBookworm: Thanks for the awesome guest post and giveaway! I love post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction and I've been looking forward to this book since I first heard of it a few months ago!

    I am a follower of both you and Amaterasu Reads.

    susanna dot pyatt at student dot rcsnc dot org

  4. LindsayWrites: I love Dystopians. I've actually written two!

    Also, I turn 20 soon. winning a book with the number 20 in the title would just seem like a good way to start out my first year of NOT being a teen anymore! =/

    Also, dystopians kick ass.

    That's all. =]

    americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com

  5. Ana Lucia: I was giving time until someone else comment because apparently the last comments are the lucky ones, but I'll give it a try, let's see if I win this time.
    I want to read this because lately is all about Dystopian and I haven't read anything on this gender, plus my brother really would like this kind of books.
    +2 tweet:!/luarroyave/status/69192625827225600


  6. Brodie: Fantastic post! Wow, she wrote the first draft in only 26 days??! Whoa. That's fast! I wish I pull that off LOL. What she wrote here: "But most of all, I hope you fall in love with the characters, that you'll forget your comfortable, safe life for a few hours and be transported to a dead London, dusty, ghost-filled and strewn with bones." That is EXACTLY what I want with these kind of books.

    I want to read 20 Years Later because it sounds like an incredible novel. I love dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction. I'm so curious to see how this story plays out in the aftermath of what happened and to learn what these 'abilities' are that the four main characters have.

    +2 Following Amaterasu Reads
    +2 Tweeted -!/peacelovebooksx/status/69222408116109314
    +3 DD button is on my blog!

    Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

  7. Vivien: I am really enjoying the surge of dystopian fiction. I absolutely am loving it, like a pig in mud.
    +2 follower Amaterasu
    +2 spread here

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  8. I only recently re-discovered my love for dystopian novels and now I dig my teeth (so to say) into every book that sounds as promising as this one does *keeps fingers crossed*.

    +2 Follow Amaterasu Reads (on GFC as Birgit)
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  9. I enjoy reading dystopian books if the world-building is done well and hangs together.

    The emphasis on character that the author claims for this book sounds good so please enter me in the giveaway.


    I am a Follower via GFC (buddyt)
    I also follow Ameratsu Reads via GFC (buddyt)

    Thanks for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  10. I want to read 20 Years Later because I want to compare it to the real situation 20 years later.

    +2 Follow Amaterasu Reads

    +2 Spread the word: twitter!/aikchien/status/69307645072375809

    +2 Spread the word: sidebar

    +3 Dystopian Domination on blog sidebar

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  11. I really want to read this because it sounds like it has an original idea. Every book lately has been the same, I want something new!

    GFC follower

    spread here

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  12. Oh no... My comment has been deleted :( ... sorry, but this is just the short version : I'm totally obsessed and fascinated by dystopia, even more when it's about an after-apocalypse world... maybe I hope to get some good advice lol

    I'm a GFC follower of Fragments of life and Amaterasu Reads


  13. I absolutely adored the podcasts of 20 Years Later, but you can't beat a good book so I'm dying to get my hands on the papery version. I've also read Emma's excellent From Dark Places anthology and am really looking forward to her first novel-length work.

    future [dot] nostalgic [at] gmail [dot] com

    +2 Following Amaterasu Reads
    +2 Twittered (RT'd) here:!/precious_shusky/statuses/69346036765822976

  14. +1 I follow Fragments of Life.

    I love dystopian novels. I started reading this genre a few years ago with book The Host by Stephanie Meyer and I even did not know that what I was reading is called dystopia. I fell in love with this genre and I am looking forward to reading any dystopian novel which I can. :-)

    +2 I follow Amaterasu Reads

    +2 I spread the word:!/bookworm_nikita/status/69333954611773440

    +2 blog about it:

    +3 I post your Dystopian Domination on my blog You can find it upwards, on the right side.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  15. I remember posting before.
    I'm a follower. I've had this book on my wishlist for a couple weeks now, and since I really enjoy dystopian-type books, I would love to read 20 Years Later! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    +2 Follow Amaterasu Reads: A.J.
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  16. I love what you said that it's before the apocalypse. I'm so confuse and now want to read it.

    +2 Follow Amaterasu reads: ivanbookworm


  17. I have been reading quite a lot of dystopia lately and I have really been enjoying the experience so far! Everything I have read has been unique in its own way and this one sounds very promising!!

    +2 for following Amaterasu Reads
    + 3 for posting the Dystopian Domination button on my blog (

    Thanks for the chance and for organising this lovely event!!

  18. A Post-apocalyptic world? Gangs? New abilities? A kidnap? I really want to read it! Sounds fantastic! Please count me in.
    I'm an old follower and I follow Amaterasu! +2

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  19. I really want to read 20 Years Later by Emma Newman because I believe dystopian books are the most forgotten genre in YA lit. Most readers/bloggers these days focus on contemporary or paranormal romance and don't really acknowledge dystopia or it's important role in YA literature. I wish more bloggers invested their time in reading books like Uglies or Candor to broaden their horizons.

    the (dot) zealous (dot) reader (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Thanks for this opportunity!

    Well, It wasn't unitl recentetly that I started to read novels with 'dystopian settins' & I became truly adiccted to it!! I discovered that I really enjoyed post-apocalyptic & dystopian fiction and I want more!! (not to mention I love London ;) )

    I am a follower here & in Amaterasu Reads.

  21. I live in London and I'm sooo curious about what the city will be like 20 Year later! Even more curious if I will be able to recognise it.. :)


  22. I want to read 20 Years Later because it sounds amazing! I love dystopian, and I've been wanting to read 20 Years Later ever since I saw it a couple months ago! :D
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy! :D

    +2 I Follow Amaterasu Reads (.ambur.)
    +2 I tweeted:!/AmburHostyn/status/68769320737583106
    +3 I posted your Dystopian Domination on my blog (link:

    So that's a total of 8 for me :)
    Thanks again,

  23. I cannot wait to read 20 Years Later because it looks like an awesome dystopian novel!! I can't wait to read it! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    +2 I follow this blog and Amaterasu Reads with GFC.
    +2 I tweeted:!/book_mistress/status/69540881291673601
    +3 I have the sidebar button on my blog:


  24. 20 years later sounds really great! very interesting... i'm a new follower and from manila too... you have a very awesome blog here! :)

  25. 20 Years Later is one of my anticipated reads for this year! I'm currentl obsessed with dystopian novels and I think 20 Years Later is going to be a fantastic addition to the exciting genre!

    +2 Amaterasu Read Twitter Follower (@girlaboutbooks)
    +2 Tweeted:
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    Total of 7 entries

    Thanks for this super awesome event Precious & Kai! :)

    girlaboutbooks at gmail dot com

  26. This looks like such an amazing book!!

    I have done the following:
    +2 Follow Amaterasu Reads
    +2 Spread the word: twitter - @booknerdreviews is where I have tweeted! is my email.

  27. I'm a GCF follwer (Judith) and I also tweeted:!/Leeswammes/status/70011706776104960

    Why I want to read this book? I LOVE dystopian fiction and also I'm a judge for the Independent LIterary Awards in the Speculative Fiction section (any new Spec Fic book out this year can be nominated for the award).

  28. I'm crazy about good Dystopia books and this one intrigues me.

    +2 Follow Amaterasu Reads
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    sauvadeavelle @ yahoo dot com

  29. I want to read it because the blurb sounds amazing, so hopefully the book will be even better and it sounds like it has lots interesting plot going on. Plus I really like how dytopian novels are about completely different yet similar worlds and make you think about important issues.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    +2 I follow Amaterasu Reads

    GFC Follower - JessS

  30. I want to read 20 Years Later because I'm really digging dystopian novels. Plus, the cover is quite eye-cathing. Kudos to the designer. :)

    +2 I follow Amaterasu Reads
    +2 I tweeted:!/FreakChiq/status/70494946871869440

    Thanks so much!


  31. I'm a GFC follower
    I would love to read 20 Years Later because I absolutely love Dystopian novels. I also really like that the novel is set in London as so many YA novels take place in the US.

    +2 Follow Amaterasu Reads
    +3 Posted the Dystopian Domination Button on my blog


  32. I LOVE you guys for doing this Dystopian Domination Event! I recently finished Divergent and I'm OBSESSED with Dystopian atm! Thanks to you, I now have my own guide to the upcoming DYstopians :) My Fairygodmother?

    +2 Follow Amaterasu Reads
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    GFC Follower!

    Badass Bookie ( Lisa) xx

  33. I want to read 20 Years Later because for one thing it's dystopian which I, like the rest of the YA universe, find myself so into these days. I love the different spins that authors put on it; there's so many possibilities for things to go wrong and so many of them are preventable!

    +2 Follow Amaterasu Reads (Ash)
    +2 Spread the word via twitter (!/Ash_Ash/status/70969390300012545)
    +3 Dystopian Domination button


  34. I want to read 20 Years Later because I love dystopian novels and the worlds and situations the authors create. It's fascinating.

    I'm a follower
    +2 I follow Amaterasu Reads
    +3 Button on my sidebar

    m_laura28 at yahoo dot ca

  35. I really want to read 20 Years Later, because not only do I absolutely love dystopian reads, but this book sounds SO intense! Oh my gosh, I still can't get over the synopsis! Haha, and it takes place in London :)
    Thanks for the giveaway and for hosting this awesome event!

    +2, I'm a follower of Amaterasu Reads

  36. 20 Years Later sounds really good and its Dystopian so double bonus, can't wait to read it.

    GFC Follower - Gabbie
    +2 Follower of Amaterasu

    Gabbie-ethela AT hotmail DOT com

  37. I want to read this because not once in the post when talking about the book was the word "romance" mentioned.I saw "friendship" and "loyalty" instead.

    +2 Follow Amaterasu Reads

  38. I think this book is unique and interesting so I want to read it.
    GFC follower (agnes merza)
    acmerza777 at gmail dot com
    +2 Followed Amaterasu Reads
    +2 tweeted:!/princessagnes7/status/73427276502544387

  39. I want to read this book because I absolutely love dystopians and post apocalypse. I love reading about how the characters overcome their struggles in this new society.

    +2 for following both blogs
    +3 for blogging
    +3 for button

  40. I really like the dystopian genre trend!

    +2 follower


  41. I want to read this because I'm always saying 20 years ago, 40 years ago. Would like to know about the next generation, 20 years after

    +2. Follow both blogs. Betty-Reflections with Coffee
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  42. Because its a dystopian novel and they are SO my favourite! <3

    GFC Follower- hamna


  43. I want to read this book because I LOVE dystopian novels and I've had it on my wishlist for a while now.

    sharonluvscats at gmail dot com
    +2 follower
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  44. I want to read 20 Years Later, because not only is it dystopian but it is set in London. I just recently visited London and would love to imagine the story along with what I saw. Most dystopians are set in the US, London would be a breath of fresh air.

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  45. I want to read 20 Years Later because it's a dystopian, a genre I really enjoy, and I like that it is set in London. I love books with UK settings. :) I'm a follower!

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  46. I forgot to add that I blogged about this! Sorry!

    +3 I blogged:

    Miss Lauren @ The Book Mistress

  47. l would love to read this as lately l have really got into dyposian and this sounds like such a good book!

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  48. None of us really knows what the future will hold, "20 Years Later " will give me one perspective.

    GFC Follower Mary Preston

    +2 Follow Amaterasu Reads

  49. I'd like to read it because I'm intrigued by the whole 2012 phenomenom (I can't spell :(), and books that make me think about what future the Earth actually has. As an Earth Sciences student I'm actually obsessed with disasters and things like that.

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  50. This book sounds amazing - I had never heard of it before. Let's see why would I like to read it? Because it is a dystopian, it takes place in london and involves superpowers.. I believe you cannot go wrong with that stellar combination :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sarah @ That Bookish Girl

  51. Thanks for giveaway! I would love to read this book because I didn´t read much dystopian books...
    GFC: Jeanne
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  52. Thanks for the giveaway! I want to read 20 years later because it sounds interesting and good, and the cover looks awesome!

    +2 Follow Amaterasu Reads
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    +2 Spread the word to my mom (Hahah! I'm just kidding. -2 for me) :P

    readingowling AT gmail DOT com

  53. I want to read 20 Years Later because there have not been enough dystopian books released. But now there are tons. Each book is different in there own way as well. This is why I want to read 20 Years Later.

    +2 for Amaterasu's reads follower

  54. I want to read this book because the description makes it sound like a book I would really enjoy, and the reviews I've read reinforce this:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com
    GFC follower here and at Amaterasu Reads +2

  55. Awesome giveaway!

    +2 I follow Amaterasu Reads
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  56. I want to read 20 Years Later because it has that dangerous feeling to it!

    crazypplrok at gmail dot com

  57. Hi Precious,
    I just wanted to say thank you for including 20 Years Later in your Dystopian Domination event. It's been so exciting reading the comments!
    I hope you enjoy it,
    Em x