“Fans of A Wrinkle in Time can’t miss Dimension Drift!” – Christina Trevaskis, The Book Matchmaker
Truth time. I go to a Learning Squirrel High School. Don’t judge.
On second thought, judge away. Learning Squirrel is one step above attending class in a junkyard. But what do you expect? Everything’s made out of garbage these days. At least, I have my freelance work to keep Mom and me housed, clothed, and fed. How? I’m your regular high school science geek for hire, except my work manipulates space-time. The good news is that these gigs pay really well; the bad news is that the government likes to kill people like me. Whatever. I’m not worried; hiding from their detection systems is easy for me.
Then I screw up one of my illegal projects. Badly.
In fact, things go so sideways that my house slips into two-dimensional space-time. The shift only lasts for a few seconds, but that’s long enough to set off a dozen government alarms. If those goons track me down, Mom and I are as good as dead. Long story short, I need to pay someone off, hide the evidence, and keep us safe.
Unfortunately, that means asking the Scythe for help. He runs the local underground crime scene and has absolutely no conscience…Or at least, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t. It’s hard to think straight when a guy’s that hot in an ‘evil Mafioso kingpin’ kind of way. Most importantly, the Scythe is a crime lord who can conceal my slip-up with a few clicks on his minion’s computer keyboards. But the man has his price. In this case, the Scythe wants me to finish a certain dimensional prototype for him in twenty-four hours. I can do it, but it might mean Learning Squirrel High gets blown up in the process. Oh yes, and there’s also my new hot classmate who may or may not be an alien…and he says he’ll do anything to help me.
This job won’t be easy, but I’ve gotten out of worse scrapes. Maybe.
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Sitting Down with Christina Bauer:
As part of the launch tour for her new dystopian YA novel, SCYTHE, author Christina Bauer stopped by to answer a few questions!
I personally love dystopian, how did you come to write this?
Growing up, I remember when the TV movie The Day After really showed people what the world would be like after nuclear war (I know, not fun!) I got curious about what it would be like if we continued to ignore the environment as well as moved down a more totalitarian path of government. So, for a book that ended up being pretty funny, it started off in a dark place!
I also went through YEARS where I was obsessed with the idea that there are multiple dimensions overlapping our own. What does that mean? If I jump up and down here, does that squash someone’s face over there? Really healthy thoughts like that. It ended up becoming UMBRA, the world where our hero comes from. It’s pretty different; I hope readers like it!
Do you think we could be on the brink of our own dystopian universe?
Hells yeah. The Dimension Drift series definitely develops the stuff about our environment going to crap. It also explores this whole idea of some people being undesirables. What if the government made that a rule and brought back public executions? People love public executions. It was the top mode of entertainment in ancient Rome.
Again, the series tries to balance these dark topics with humor because otherwise, I think I would have stabbed myself with a fork while writing this.
Did you read “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”, what are your thoughts?
I read and loved both. For Hunger Games, I loved the heroine’s self sufficiency, but I wanted to see what the story would be like if she were totally driving the bus, if that makes sense. There were some times where everyone was like “ha ha, you unwittingly helped our plan!” Across the Dimension Drift series (of which SCYTHE is the first installment), the main character Meimi becomes the mastermind of a heist to take down the government. It’s like Hunger Games plus Ocean’s Eight.
For Divergent, I wanted the series to start off with a narrative from the hero’s perspective. You get it later in the series, but once I got it, I was like “waaa! I want him from page one.” So I added that into DD. The next prequel, UMBRA, is all from the POV of Thorne, our love interest. The first full book, ALIEN MINDS, alternates voices.
All in all, I loved and was inspired by both series.
Can you give us a look into your writing process?
Open a doc, open a vein. Repeat.
I think the reader can tell when you’ve really pulled into your soul for something personal and fresh. I try to do that with every series, and I never know how people will respond until they get it and read it. Each world I build is pretty unique!
Thanks so much for asking these questions; I’ve enjoyed chatting with you!
About The Christina
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
Thank you for your time Christina I have enjoyed our chat! Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for making all of this possible! Don’t miss the included giveaway below!