Today I am pleased to present the world premiere of Catherine Knutsson's cover for her 2012 debut with Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) SHADOWS CAST BY STARS.
You've surely noted the large raven. It is THE raven (no, not Poe's raven) - the one that First Nations call both the trickster and the creator of all things. And for all of you fans of diversity in fiction - this one's for you. The main character is Metis (like the author) and the whole book is infused with the First Nations story. In fact, several supernatural creatures have major parts to play, like a double-headed sisiutl and the dzoonookwa (the wild woman of the woods in Kwakwakawak belief).
Here is the summary:
Two hundred years from now, the great cities of the west coast of the United Americas are under water. Blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet – especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antigens that protect them from the plagues that ravage the rest of the world.
Sixteen year old Cassandra Mecredi might be aboriginal by blood, but without a totem animal, she cannot make sense of her visions or walk the paths of the spirit world. When her family is forced to leave their reservation, they flee east to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory free from the depredations of industry and sickness and under the control of the Band, a group of guerrilla warriors. There, Cassandra will become the apprentice to a wise woman, fall in love, and find her destiny when the creatures of spirit claim her as their own. For the spirit world is angry... and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument.
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Come back in "Dystopian August" for a preview interview with Catherine as well as preview interviews with over 20 other authors of dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels coming out in 2012! I'll also be reviewing a ton of dystopians and giving away lots of prizes during the month. It'll be the 4th celebration of Dystopian lit after Dystopian February 2010 & 2011 and Dystopian August 2010. See index of all my dystopian reviews.