Release Date: Dec. 1, 2015
Genre: YA Sci-Fi / YA Science Fiction
Published by: Entangled
Summary: In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.
Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.
But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.
About the Author:
A.L. (Amanda) Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. She prefers revisionist tales in paranormal, romance, Steampunk, and fantasy. She is the author of Salvation Station (adult psych horror), The City Steam Collection (adult psych horror), For Your Heart (YA Paranormal Romance) and her YA Sci-Fi novel, Nexis, is coming out with Entangled Publishing December 1, 2015!
By day, Amanda lives in Connecticut with her two feline hench-creatures and makes cheese. She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. Amanda also wears purple shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble. She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, a bit gothic, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.
♥ Interview with A. L. Davroe ♥
What inspired you to write Nexis?
There is a fun story behind this. The initial idea for Nexis came about when my agent, Louise Fury, was still part of the L. Perkins Agency. She and Lori Perkins and I were eating dinner at a convention and they were talking about wanting a Steampunk Cinderella story. I also write Steampunk, so the idea was intriguing to me. On the spot, I came up with a Cinderella who loses her whole leg instead of just a shoe and ends up with some crazy Steampunk gadget for a leg instead. I didn’t want to do another Steampunk story though, so I decided I’d try and do a futuristic Cinderella instead. I’ve always been a huge fan of anime and, if you’re also a fan like me, you’ll probably be able to pick out some of my influences. Anyway, I wrote this sort-of futuristic Cinderella story. The initial set up in the original version was very Cinderella, but then, I flew off course with the whole virtual game idea and the ending. The work and the character became so much bigger and better than its initial starting point. After numerous edits and Cinder coming out in print (yes, I wrote Nexis that long ago), I decided to nix the Cinderella aspect all-together and really make Nexis its own story. I really love what this story has become and the journey that the characters and I have taken.
Do you think there will be something similar to Nexis in the future?
I honestly hope not – at least not the world Nexis is set in. I did write Nexis is be plausible. I think that it’s entirely possible that there is a Bio-Nuclear War in the future, that we lose a large chunk of our history, that there is a huge social division, that things like religion and ethnicity are a things of the past, that many of the technologies and medical advancements that Ella and the other Aristocrats have are a reality, and that virtual reality games like NEXIS are real. The game Nexis already has its roots in real-world with a number of virtual reality games that are being developed and utilized this very moment.
Can you see yourself enjoying a game like Nexis if it were to really exist?
Oh totally! Who wouldn’t want to play a game like Nexis?! Nexis is, quite literally, programmed to give you ANY kind of experience you could want or dream. Even people who aren’t “gamers” would have to fall in love with this game. Want to go to Disney World? Nexis could take you. Wanna play basketball? Nexis could do that for you. Wanna fall in love with a movie star and have all his babies? You can do that too. The possibilities are endless.
Nexis seems like the kind of book that would have been fun to write! What was your favorite part about writing it?
It was! I had so much fun! It’s really hard to choose just one section that is my favorite. I have to say that my favorite parts to write are always the moments when Ella encounters something that is so common for us as readers but she has no idea what it is. I loved trying to write something like a straw or a soda from the perspective of someone who had never encountered them before. I definitely got to channel my inner Anthropologist right there.
How many books do you plan on writing in the series?
Well…I’m only contracted for the sequel, but we’re currently working on trying to add more with a new contract. I, for certain, want to have three total for Ella’s story and I’d also like to write a couple of companion stories telling the tales of some of the secondary characters. Hopefully there will be five total, at least. But, that’s all entirely dependent on what the readers want.
Read below for an excerpt from Nexis:
Excerpt from Nexis, Chapter 5 (pgs 31-32)
Sighing, I stare down at the headband until a shadow falls over me. “That’s quite the contraption.”
I close my eyes. It’s Zane. Great, he saw the spectacle, too. Will my shame never cease? Well, there goes the courting. He’ll never want to be with a pariah like me now. “It was a stupid idea to wear it.”
He steps to the side and sits next to the headband. He picks it up, turns it over between his fingers. “Was it? I think it’s pretty revolutionary, actually.”
“That’s my point. If I could do that with a simple holo-mask, then anyone could.”
Zane purses his lips. He knows I’m right. If I was able to program a mask to make my face look just as Modified and Altered as any Aristocrat’s, then what’s to stop one of the Disfavored from doing it? A mask like that undermines the system. Eventually he smiles, apprehensive, and meets my eyes. “Well, they don’t have Programmers as talented and ingenious as you out there. So it’s a good thing you’re on the side of the Aristocracy, isn’t it?”
I snort and look away. “I’m a threat to them.”
He places a hand on my knee, and it makes my stomach go aflutter, despite my bad mood. “It’s good that you’re aware of it.”
My floating stomach sinks, and I shake my head with a bitter scoff. “Is that supposed to comfort me?”
His fingers tighten, drawing my leg open so that our knees touch and he leans closer to me. “Not at all,” he whispers in a spine-tingling purr, eyes alight with secret sparkle. “It should scare you. It should scare you and enliven you. It should make you want to start a fire. Because you can.”
Confused by his words and what he’s doing to my body, I stare at him for a long time. He sounds like Dad, spouting nonsense like this all the time. But, unlike Dad, Zane has a wild and dangerous charisma on his side. His touch and tone stir my insides, make me want to get up and run, make me want to do what he asks me to do.
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