Thursday, January 19, 2012

Guest Post by John Bemis + Giveaway: The Prince Who Fell from the Sky!

So the other day, I had a review for you guys. Yesterday, my partner, Kai had the awesome Jay Kristoff over at Amaterasu Reads for a guest post! Today, I have John Bemis, another of our guy authors and the author of a cute, awesome-sounding MG dystopian (I haven’t read any MG dystopian!) and he has a post for us today about dystopia, ideas and imagination. lovelies, aspiring writers and dystopian enthusiasts, I present the post:

For me, interesting story ideas come about when two seemingly unrelated topics collide in my imagination.  Think H.B. Reese with peanut butter and chocolate…although in his case, the collision was in his mouth.

I’ve had a life-long love of mythology, especially creation and apocalypse myths, and especially especially Native American legends.  They’re often filled with these archetypal animals, not exactly good or evil, whose actions have enormous consequences for the world.

I began The Prince Who Fell from the Sky after reading the speculative science book The World Without Us by Alan Weisman.  In his non-fiction book, Weisman poses how the natural world might take back over cities, highways, and neighborhoods in our absence. Something about reading Weisman’s book sent ideas colliding in my imagination with all those Native American animal myths, as well as with some of my favorite animal stories like Watership Down and The Jungle Book.

The Prince Who Fell from the Sky takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where humans are gone and the wilderness covers the ruins of our civilization.  Part of what draws me to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction is seeing how others navigate a terrifying situation.  Rather than building a world ruled by sadistic totalitarian regimes or leather-clad cannibals, I imagined what would be scary with the sort of future my vision—and Alan Weisman’s—might hold for my characters. 

What if you were a child alone in a wolf-ruled, endless forest?  A boy is the lone survivor of a crashed spaceship in this forest-world.  Once he’s found by a powerful, motherly bear, she is the only one who stands between him and the armies of wolves that want this ancient enemy dead.

My story is told from the perspective of the mother bear, Casseomae, who finds this lost child.  She grows to love him as her cub.  As she searches for a safe haven to raise him, she wants to figure out how he arrived in her world where no animal has ever seen a human.  But it is her love that drives her to take enormous risks for her adopted cub.

Rather than a twisted dystopian government or a bleak wasteland, The Prince Who Fell from the Sky imagines a future that is a new Eden, a world returned mostly to its natural state.  With humans gone, animals—in particular big predators like wolves—have taken back over.  The perspective characters are all animals: the bear Casseomae, a rat named Dumpster, and a dog named Pang.  Each with their reasons for wanting humans to return, they struggle to understand how this lone human has returned and what his arrival might mean for them and their beloved world. 

Win: ARC of The Prince Who Fell from the Sky by John Bemis

In Casseomae's world, the wolves rule the Forest, and the Forest is everywhere. The animals tell stories of the Skinless Ones, whose cities and roads once covered the earth, but the Skinless disappeared long ago.

Casseomae is content to live alone, apart from the other bears in her tribe, until one of the ancients' sky vehicles crashes to the ground, and from it emerges a Skinless One, a child. Rather than turn him over to the wolves, Casseomae chooses to protect this human cub, to find someplace safe for him to live. But where among the animals will a human child be safe? And is Casseomae threatening the safety of the Forest and all its tribes by protecting him?

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John Claude Bemis is the author of the steampunk-fantasy trilogy the Clockwork Dark, which includes The Nine Pound Hammer, The Wolf Tree, and The White City.  The Prince Who Fell from the Sky will be released May 22, 2012.

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  1. The book sounds great, thank you for giving us a chance to win!

  2. The story sounds so interesting! And I LOVE the cover! Thank you for this giveaway! :D

  3. The cover definitely caught my attention. Sounds like a really fun read!

  4. I love that it's a story told from an animal's point of view! Very unique :]

  5. The book sounds great, thank you for giving us a chance to win

  6. I can't wait to read this!!! I love Native American mythology and influences, and I think MG novels tend to be the most creative and well-written fiction.

    The only other MG dystopia I've read is Fearless by Tim Lott, which was really good.

  7. Hmm the post-apocalyptic world is good? Now that's definitely unique. I like all the animals - the wolves look like they'd be interesting to read about. But is it really mainly post-apocalyptic if the conflict is about a bear protecting a boy from wolves? Sounds more like paranormal to me...Nevertheless, I'm interested to read it and see what it's about (=

    Ana @ BookSpark

  8. I am really interested in this book! The cover is lovely and I must say I didn't think it was post-apocalyptic until I read your pot. It sounds good and original, the world doesn't seem to be so bad.

  9. You had me with this "She grows to love him as her cub." That's so cute! Mother Bear full force! I would love to read the book! And a prince, uh? That will be interesting!

  10. This will be my first Dystopian MG book if I ever win this book. With the title itself and the cover, I reminded me of The Little Prince. :D

  11. This books sounds really sweet, i love bears and it reminds me Baloo from The jungle book :)

  12. This is the first I've heard of this book, but I love the idea!