Hello! I haven't had the chance to drop by here in a while--life and revisions have been keeping me VERY busy. I'm happy I get to sneak in a little time here to tell you about a couple of exciting things.
First, in case you missed it: Sequel officially has title, a release date, AND a summary! (SPOILERS for anyone who has yet to read The Darkest Minds!)
NEVER FADE comes out on November 5, 2013
Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.
When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.
As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?
I'm so excited and nervous(!!) for you guys to read this book. It has a different darkness to it than The Darkest Minds does--you could say, I suppose, that while the first book was very much focused on Ruby dealing with conflict in the world around her, this one has her dealing with conflict inside herself. I've seen a number of reviewers ask why, if she has such a bad ass ability, she bemoans it and doesn't use it. Well... you'll see! I'm excited, too, that you guys will get to learn a little more about how the skiptracer network works and what the Children's League actually looks like from the inside.
My other happy-making news is that I'm not a contributor over on Pub(lishing) Crawl, a blog I love full of people I adore! I'm so, so, so excited to be part of this group! I'm going to be running a monthly "Ask Alex" feature about working in the publishing industry. My first real post goes up on Monday and is centered on internships. Check it out if you get a chance.
Other than that, February and January were nice and quiet for me. I'm hoping to get back on a better blogging schedule, but my writing deadlines this year are going to be killer. In the meantime, I'm signing off this quick post with a jam. Happy weekend!