Blog Tour: The Remnants
Series: The Remnants # 1
Published by Zondervan on April 8th 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/Dystopian
Source: Blog Tour
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In the first book of the new futuristic dystopian series from author Lisa T. Bergren, the chosen remnants must work to redirect humanity’s course.
The year is 2095. Gifted teens known as Remnants have been chosen and trained to act as humanity’s last hope to rectify the horrors that are now part of everyday life.
The Community has trained these teens as warriors and assigned them Knights of the Last Order as protectors. Together, they are a force that will be difficult to bring down.
But the Sons of Sheol, of course, are determined to do just that. As the Remnants begin their mission to course-correct humanity by saving and protecting key individuals, their enemies move to stop them, placing the entire world in peril.
Bestselling author Lisa T. Bergren presents the first book in her new YA futuristic dystopian series—The Remnants Novels—fitting in with the current dystopian trend in the marketplace.
Hello lovely readers! Today I have an awesome guess post from the lovely author, Lisa Bergren. You may have heard of this author through her first brilliant YA series called River of Time. If you have not read that series, you should check it out. Lisa has written yet another great YA series that I’m excite to read. Without further audo, Ms. Lisa Bergern!!
The Inspiration for REMNANTS, by Lisa T. Bergren
I’m constantly inspired by things around me—places I visit, people I meet, books I read, songs I hear, words shared. The seed that would eventually grow into Remnants: Season of Wonder was planted when I finished the final pages of Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, the last in the Hunger Games trilogy.
Now one of my daughters loved the book, the other hated it, and I had mixed feelings. I understood why the author ended the book in the way she did. In a way, the broken edges, the sorrow that is so pervasive within those last chapters, perfectly fits. But I finished Mockingjay and kept thinking about what would’ve made it right for me. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. If you haven’t read Mockingjay, skip next paragraph.
Let’s be clear: My stories are not set in a world of gumdrops and rainbows. For me, an ending can definitely have darkness and a tragic edge, but I want the suffering to be proven worthy, part of a bigger goal accomplished. It’s what allows me to leave a story and characters I’ve come to care for, and yet still move on with my life. Tragic, unhappy endings and unfulfilled quests makes me feel…angsty. And especially in epic sagas, I believe the quest should be fulfilled (Katniss saves Prim—yes, yes, I know; she leads a revolution; but she entered the arena to save her sister). Frodo throws the ring into the river of fire at Mount Doom. Luke brings down the Death Star. The gladiator kills the evil emperor. Simba roars on top of Pride Rock. Harry defeats Voldemort.
All those characters survive epic strife and injury. Losses of friends. We’ve cried with them, fretted over them, cheered them toward ultimate victory. We get to experience it with them. And in all those epic sagas I also see a spiritual thread, an invisible current that weaves together both purpose and mission and makes all the sacrifice and strife worthwhile. It’s what begins to heal the gaping wounds, smooth the ragged edges, fill the empty cisterns with a measure of hope. It’s the characters’ belief (and ours) that all is not lost; that we are not forgotten. That life can be fulfilling and satisfying again. That our world and the people we love can rebound or recover, based on that foundation. And we, as readers, can trust that it will happen, so we can move on with a wistful sigh after we turn the last page.
So that’s what began to form Remnants in my mind and heart…and what I hope you find as you dive into my own futuristic world, dark as it is. Remnants: Season of Wonder isn’t another version of Hunger Games. Really the only thing the books have in common is a dark, futuristic world. But I’m thankful to THG for getting me started, thinking about how I would spin a tale in a similar setting, yet with a solid measure of hope.
Remnants: Season of Wonder is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or at your local bookstore. Email Lisa that you ordered or purchased Remnants: Season of Wonder IN APRIL and she’ll mail you a signed bookplate! (Lisa@bergrencreativegroup.com)
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Are ya’ll ready for CLUE # 1???
LAUNCH TOUR CLUE #1: I WAS
Collect all 26 clues, gathered from each of the Launch Tour stops this month, and you could win a Kindle Fire HDX ($229 USD) or iPod Touch. Open internationally. At the end of the month, just go to LisaBergren.com and enter the completed clue stream in the Rafflecopter (available after April 30, 2014).
Comment below about what you like best about epic sagas and/or dystopians and you could win a copy of REMNANTS!
* Ends Friday April 4th.
Thank you Lisa for sharing your inspiration with us today!
Good Luck and Happy Reading!