Julie Kagawa has a series starting with THE IMMORTAL RULES. It apocalyptic with vampires and it's out April 24, 2012 with HarlequinTEEN.
Here's the teaser summary:
My vampire creator told me this:
"Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. The question is not if it will happen, but when. Do you understand?"
I didn't then. Not really.
I do now.
And the interview:
Why do you think people are drawn to "dark" stories?
I think morbid curiousity plays a big part; we want to see what could happen if the world suddenly ended or if there was a masive, worldwide catastrophy. And let's face it; humans are drawn to catastrophy. But I think we also like to imagine ourselves in those situations, to see if we could survive the end of the world. How many people have Zombie Survival Plans, just in case the apocalypse happens tomrrow? More then you would expect. ;-)
If THE IMMORTAL RULES had a theme song, what would it be and why?
I like "Forsaken" by Within Temptation because of its dark, haunting atmosphere, but also "Awake and Alive" by Skillet, because I think it captures the struggles of the characters perfectly.
What fictional character from another book would your main character chose as his/her best friend and why?
Allie is a fierce, wary loner, so she would probably be drawn to someone who is pragmatic but can also hold their own, like Katniss from The Hunger Games.
What are your top 5 Dystopian lit recs and why?
I actually haven't read many dystopians, but I'm sure that will change with all the awesome looking dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels coming out this year. The very first dystopian I read, which continues to give me shivers, is Animal Farm by George Orwell.
What's on the top of your to-do list before the world ends?
Visit Japan. I've always wanted to go, and it would be much easier to see Kyoto when it isn't underwater or swarming with zombies.
How does your novel stand out from others in the genre?
Unlike many post-apocalyptic novels, THE IMMORTAL RULES is more then a survival story. Allison, the protaganist of the novel, starts out human but becomes a vampire early in the novel. Not only must she learn to survive a hostile, dangerous world, she has to fight to hold onto her humanity and not become like the deranged, zombie-like vampires that infest the ruins and the wilderness. Trying to fight the monster within and retain what makes her human is her greatest struggle throughout the novel.
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