20 jun. 2014

Blog Tour: Dark Days [Excerpt + #Giveaway]

Dark Days
By Kate Ormand
Sky Pony Press
ISBN: 1628735945 (ISBN13: 9781628735949)

The future world has been divided into sectors--each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors' thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what's coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she'll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.

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We step out into a courtyard. The houses climb up, up, up, like they’re spiraling into the clouds above. They’re all different shapes and sizes. This place is the opposite of back home, where all we have is flat land and rows of identical houses. Here they’re scattered everywhere, in no order and all different colors—pinks, purples, blues, greens. Small trees in little gardens cast shadows on the footpaths. Sprinklers catch the sunlight, making small rainbows.

I catch myself staring, mouth ajar, when Felicity chuckles. “Look at you!” she says. “Lost for words! Astonishing, isn’t it?”

“Yes,” I say, and it’s the truth. It is astonishing, truly desirable. It makes me want to stay, makes me almost forget home, makes me almost forget why I’m here and what I’m fighting for.

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KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. 

You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website (www.kateormand.wordpress.com) or on Twitter (@kateormand).

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Win A Dark Days canvas bag, signed bookmarks, and a signed hardcover (INT)

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