Friday, July 06, 2012

Character Interview with Eva + Giveaway: Signed Copy of The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna + bookmarks

Hi everyone! Today, I have Eva from The Lost Girl, Sangu Mandanna’s debut. She’s very intriguing. You see…she’s a replacement for a girl named Amarra.

Can you tell us about yourself?

My name is Eva. I... no, I can't. I can't give you a real answer. I am an echo. I was stitched by Weavers at the Loom. I am a copy of someone else, which means one day I may have to replace her, which means I am not allowed to be me. But I can answer the way I'm supposed to: my name is Amarra. I have a brother and a sister. I want to study archaeology when I'm at college. I love iced coffee and Jane Austen.

What do you think of the present world?

Erm, what do I think? The real me? It's not so different from the world I know. I mean, my time isn't far ahead at all. Though I do think it strange that hardly anyone talks about the Loom or echoes at all.

What was the first thing you did when you got here?

I ate haggis. It's a Scottish thing. Amarra has never had it, see, so I just had to... it would be really nice if you didn't mention that to the Weavers.

If you lived in our time, who would you be? What would you do?

Me. If I lived in your time, if I knew the Weavers would never find out, I would be me. That is the easiest question in the world to answer.

What is your favorite thing about 2012? Why?

I kind of answered that already: the fact that hardly anyone talks about the Loom. It's like the world is still able to ignore it, somewhat, and as strange as that is to me, it's also a relief. I can almost pretend the Loom doesn't exist. I spend most of my life pretending, but this is one pretence I would gladly live with.

If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for? Why?

I would wish to be me. I would wish for a lot of other things, a pony among them, but in the end, they all come back to the first one: I would wish to be me.

About the Author:

Sangu Mandanna was four years old when she was chased by an elephant and wrote her first story about it and decided that this was what she wanted to do with her life. Seventeen years later, she read Frankenstein. It sent her into a writing frenzy that became THE LOST GIRL, a novel about death and love and the tie that binds the two together. Sangu now lives in England with her husband and son.

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Giveaway: Signed Copy of The Lost Girl + Bookmarks

Thanks to Sangu, one of you will win a signed finished copy of The Lost Girl, one of my most anticipated novels of 2012, along with The Lost Girl bookmarks! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Goodluck!

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.


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  1. No I can't really. Maybe they would exist in place of dead loved ones. kinda creepy and morbid

  2. I do think it's possible. I also think the government would be involved in a mind boggling conspiracy if so. Politicians and higher authorities would be replaced as necessary.

  3. I agree with Vivien. If it did ever happen, people in power would be replaced without the public knowing about it. I don't think it would be so different from our world now because society at large would be oblivious to what's happening. Until, that is, some awesome heroine came along to set things right! :D

  4. I can't - too big of a secret to keep quiet! I would think it would be to have puppets to control or decoys to distract.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Who knows maybe we already living among them! Science is kicking pretty high about life expectations. When power, money and politics joins, they can do what they think is best for them! This books remains me that movie, The Island with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson! Would love to read it! Thanks for the chance!

  6. I can't even imagine a world like that. I definitely think it would be a 'hush hush' type situation for public figures or perhaps used for medical reasons.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  7. I can't possibly imagine a world such as that. I agree with Gisele, this book reminds me of "The Island".

    -Dannielle /TheUnseelieNerd

  8. Many of our "parts" can be replaced now so it's not hard to imagine that the rest of us can be, too. I think this would happen just to keep us from aging and facing the usual gradual decomposition.

  9. Thanks for having me here today, Precious! Eva loved answering your questions :-)

  10. I couldn't help the sense of sadness that overwhelmed me during the interview. Eva is Eva, but not allowed to be Eva since she is supposed to be an echo, a replacement should the need arise. I couldn't imagine living my life as I were to replace them one day, never getting to indulge in my own wants and needs.

  11. this sounds awesome! can't wait to read it! congrats Sangu!

  12. no i can't
    can't wait to read it

  13. No, I can't. Maybe to be used as organ donors or actual replacements..? As Gisele said, it reminds me a movie I've seen many years before, The Island.
    Thank you dor the giveaway :)

  14. I can't imagine a world with replacements...that would take away what it is to be human. Love and relationships would be meaningless if they can simply be transferred to replacements.

  15. Interesting interview. It sounds like Eva has a difficult life--I'd hate to be unable to be myself.

  16. That would be a very scary, very possible thought. That's what I like so much about reading dystopias. They sound so ... unbelievable, but at the same time... *shudders*

  17. Fist off I put the wrong link into the follow box! Sorry! I follow GFC as Stephanie27.

    I do think it is possible but really really freaky! I don't want to think it is a possibility but I just do. Conspiracy...

  18. In our world, I am unsure... I would think that the idea is a bit too far fetched for our lame-brained ruling figures to actually succeed, but you never know, strange things happen all the time! I think humanity is much more inclined to destroy, rather than to "replace".

  19. That sounds creepy I can't even think about it!

  20. I hope the world will never come to that.

  21. Well you never know with science today if it isn't already happening and they just haven't said anything!! However it isn't something I find comfort in. Not that it terrifies me but who can honestly say that they are ok with knowing that replacements are among us or could be in the future!

  22. That's kinda messed up. People's lives have to end at some point. And it's not like Eva is really her other self, she has the same body and face, but it's not the same person. It's like a clone.
    If that ever happens, it'll be awful, because even though Eva is meant to replace her other self, Eva didn't experience what Amarra did.

  23. It would be frightening to have a replacement. I mean, once life is over, it should stay being over. There is no point to replacing someone, even if it would stop people who cause trouble. It would be like replacing a mouse with a wind-up toy, an entity without any purpose.

  24. Oh MY! I can't imagine my real life having a "replacement" Sounds creepy. But anything can happen in our future.

  25. I can't even imagine it. My brain actually hurts about the implications of this possibility. And it creeps me out.

  26. I con't imagine "replacements" super creepy

  27. No I can't think of a world where there is replacements. If there is maybe because the world can't populate its self anymore...i don't know really lol!