by Jen Crane
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Release Date: October 23rd 2018
Death in daylight. Danger at dark.
Life can’t possibly get more treacherous than a violent sun allergy in a solar-blighted world. At least that’s what seventeen-year-old Nori Chisholm thought before news of an impending sunscorch delivered her death sentence.
Desperate to survive the scorch, she’s forced to shelter underground and discovers a secret subterranean world where life is hard, and so are the people. Betrayed and left for dead by the man who pledged to help her, Nori is sold to a gritty pit fighting ring. There she makes a friend—and plenty of enemies.
Sam Cooper’s motives are at times impenetrable, but speeding through the underground world on the back of his motorcycle is a dark freedom Nori can’t live without. On the run from a group of cutthroat rogues, their escape takes an unexpected twist. A shocking discovery shatters everything they thought they knew. Can they use the knowledge to save what’s left of the world?
Winner of the Rosemary Award for excellence in young adult fiction, Sunscorched is a tale of survival and self-discovery at breakneck speed. Fans of Bella Forrest and Marie Lu, who crave dangerous heroes and dark secrets, will love the Sunscorched world.
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I’m a reader first, and a writer second. I love fantasy and sci-fi books that have rich worlds in which I can get lost. I like to build those worlds myself. In fact, I would say it’s my favorite part of writing–the research and world building—though it’s often the toughest work.
In Sunscorched, there’s not only the Surface, which is the gnarled and twisted remains of a once-lush, green planet, but the Subterranean.
The Subterranean is a secret underground world set in motion during the widespread fear surrounding nuclear proliferation in the 1950’s. The Subterranean is gritty and hard—just like its people. Military types and doomsday preppers, religious groups–rebels and rogues of all sorts– roam the Subterranean, where the only form of government is lawlessness.
Nori finds herself in Trogtown, a Subterranean city where homes and storefronts are carved into rock. Tunnels criss-cross the country, giving access to other underground towns. At one point in the book, Nori overnights in a chic cavern lodge. This scene is based on a real place I’ve actually stayed the night in, a luxury lodge/fallout shelter deep inside a mountainside with its own water source.
In Terminal Combustion, Book 2 of the Subterranean series (releasing early December), there’s even more of the wild Subterranean world, and what I imagined a top-secret government facility might look like from the inside.
About the Author
Though she grew up on a working cattle ranch, it’s fantasy and sci-fi that shine Jen Crane’s saddle. Her newest novel, Sunscorched, received the 2017 Rosemary Award for excellence in young adult fiction.
Book 2 in Jen’s fantasy romance series, Descended of Dragons, was selected by iTunes/iBooks as “Our Pick” in fantasy/sci-fi.
Jen has a master’s degree and solid work histories in government and non-profit administration. But just in the nick of time she pronounced life *too real* for nonfiction. She now creates endearing characters and alternate realms filled with adventure, magic, and love. She lives in The South with her family and too many pets.
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