Saturday, January 14, 2012

Character Interview with Cass + Giveaway: Shadows Cast by Stars ARC!

Hi everyone! Today, I have a special visitor from the future. Cass temporarily left her story world – Shadows Cast by Stars – to join us today at Fragments of Life! Do stick around and get to know her and her world.


What do you think of the present world?

Such beauty, but such luxury and such waste.  I've never ridden in a car, or visited a shopping mall, or taken an airplane.  What amazing things (though, my family could never afford them)!  And coffee - everywhere I look, there are coffee shops!  In my world, transcontinental quarantines prohibit the trade of coffee, though some people can get it through the black market.  Still, I've never had it before.  Oh, and books!  Real books with paper pages are rare in my world, and so precious.  I envy those of you living in 2012, though I also hope people of your time work to save the earth before it's too late.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen here so far? Why?

Skiing!  People go up a mountain and use slabs of wood to ride on the snow.  How odd!  Though, I'd try it, if I had the chance.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve seen here? Why?

No one has chips.  We do, in our forearms.  They allow us to connect to the etherstream, so we have no need for computers or televisions or...what do you call them?  Cell phones?  All we need to do is connect.  Some people are connected all the time, but my family isn't.  My father doesn't allow us to have an etherstream connection in the house, so we only connect when we're at school.  I like that you have no chips, because that means when you want to communicate, you must do so with a real person.
 
What are the things in the present (our time) and in your time that are the same?

People are, I think.  I see people in your time trying their best to make their way in the world, to leave it a better place than they found it.  That's the same where I come from, though it's more difficult for us, because life is more tenuous in my world.

If you had a chance to choose between living in our time and in yours, which one would you choose? Why?

Mine.  It's not that yours isn't lovely, because it is.  But my brother and my father are in my time, and they are my home.
 
If you were living in our time, could you still imagine this world turning out to be your world? Why?

I think so.  I'd like to hope things will change, but...change is hard.  Change is really hard, and it requires a great will.  It requires sacrifice, and it requires hard work.  Words aren't enough.  So, we'll see.  And I'll hope.

Thank you, Cass! Keep hoping. :)

Giveaway: ARC of Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson


Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet - especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the plague that is ravaging the rest of the world.

Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to the plague, but that doesn't mean she's safe. Government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cass and her family, they flee to the Island, a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors, and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken Cass under her wing, and the tribal leader's son into his heart, the spirit world is angry, and it has chosen Cass to be its voice and instrument...



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Catherine’s YA dystopian debut, Shadow Cast by Stars will be published by Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster in June 2012. She’s represented by Diana Fox of Fox Literary.

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31 comments:

  1. Oh I am *dying* to read this one - Love Cat's writing style.

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  2. I haven't heard of this book before, but because of the blurb and the interview I will add it to my tbr read list right now! Interesting concept, and I really like the book cover!
    And poor Cass, no coffee, and no books:(

    Thank you for these amazing interviews, and introductions to new books!

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  3. Story seems interesting and fresh...would love to read this one

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  4. I like how humble and brave she seems to be.
    This book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Wow I would definitely say that Cass's world is.... AWESOME!

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  6. Ohhh I love Cass's world its so amazing!

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  7. Would love to win this book, my favourite genre is Dystopian!Though I haven't heard of this author/book I love to try new authors/new books too.

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  8. DYING to read this!! Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

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  9. I can't believe poor Cass is missing out on shopping sprees, coffee and books, oh my! Yet her own world intrigues me!

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  10. Loved the interview with Cass! I can't wait for this book to come out -- Catherine's writing is gorgeous!

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  11. Uh Uh! Such a beatiful cover and interesting story! I can imagine a world without a cup of coffee at least! I would love to read this book!

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  12. Nice interview! I'm kind of surprised about how often implanted chips pop up in sci-fi books...

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  13. Thank you very much for all of the cool dystopian contests and interviews. I love you.

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  14. A delightful interview with Cass! I'm looking forward to reading the book.

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  15. I'm really intrigued by this one. It hasn't got much spotlight on it. Thanks for that! The writing style is very promising. Not having coffee would literally kill me :/

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  16. Hadn't heard of this title, so thanks! It's not in my GR TBR list ;)

    Nice interview, Cass :D The communication chips reminded me of the rings in the Uglies series, used for the same purpose.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Great post, I like Cass - can't wait to read this. I have a bit of a dystopian obsession.

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway, I really can't wait to read this book

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  19. BOOKS?! RARE?! :O You are definitely making me appreciate the precious gifts we have here in 2012, Cass! I love this interview and getting a feel for Cass. Shadows Cast by Stars sounds AMAZING and I am even more excited not to read it!!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! <3

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  20. No coffee?! No books?! :O

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. Great interview! :D Thank you for posting! I just discovered another interesting book!
    And thank you for the giveaway! :D

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  22. Great interview. I love that she thought snow skiing was odd. I wonder what she would think about water skiing?

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  23. I don't think I will survive in Cass' world.

    Cherry Mischievous

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  24. I can't wait to know more about the Island :)
    Thanks for the interview/giveaway!

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  25. lov the intview
    i would nevr survive
    Thanks for the interview/giveaway!

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  26. Story seems interesting..thanks for the giveaway:)

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  27. I feel like we always like what we don't have. And that really seems to be true with Cass. We'd be in awe of their ability to "connect" and and they're in awe of our books and NOT connecting. It was very thought-provoking obviously. I'm not usually that deep ;)

    Ana @ BookSpark

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  28. I liked the interview. It really made me want to read the book. And it really made me think about blood.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

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  29. Great interview! It really made me interested about the book! :D Definitely putting it on my TBR pile.

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  30. Thanks so much for the chance. Love the sound of this!!

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