Published by Entangled: Teen on March 21st 2017
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Paperback
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The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.
To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.
But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.
But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.
Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.
Or die trying.
Happy Book Birthday to A. L. Davroe and her new release, REDUX (A Trickster Novel #2). Book two in her YA dystopian series, it continues right where NEXIS (book one) left off. Right in the thick of things, with Ellani (Ella) Drexel and the remaining survivors of Evanescence running for their lives from killer machines, the disfavored, and soon cannibals- this novel will have you hooked right from the first page.
To celebrate A. L. Davroe’s new release, I am thrilled to share a guest post from Ms. Davroe, herself, as she gives us a “behind-the-scenes” look at her thought process as she wrote one of my favorite scenes in REDUX. Hope you enjoy!
A big thank you, Ms. Davroe, for letting me suggest a scene and for taking the time to share with us.
Click, click, click.
Chilled, I turn away from the mournful howls of the people around me and look in front of me, hoping I can escape reminders of the last day for a moment. But looking at the door makes me realize just how intense a moment this is. The domed city of Evanescence—one of the cities that was the salvation for mankind after the Bio-Nuclear War, a city my mother almost died to get into—is being closed off. Soon it will be empty and abandoned, like my mother’s city, Adagio.
Part of me wants to jump up and tell the boys to stop, to leave the door open. But beyond that door, there is no salvation. There is only death and destruction. Thousands dead at the hands of crazed robots and angry Disfavored rebels roaming the streets.
Trapped by both my thoughts and my setting, I glance over my shoulder again, beyond the Aristocratic refugees. The Undertunnel awaits. Dark, empty, long forgotten. I do not know what lies within it. I only hope that it brings us to Cadence, our sister city. Once there, I hope that I can do something to right the wrong that I’ve done. I hope I can one day return, regain, and rebuild Evanescence. Make it better. Offer these people a future.
Door closing between death and uncertainty.
Door closing off the only home that I have ever known.
Door closing on me, Ellani Drexel, leaving another one—a stranger to herself—living in my body.
My heart is hammering faster. Faster. Faster. There’s a lump in my throat. I want to scream. I cover my eyes as the massive steel door slides the last few inches, sealing my fate.
Arys to A. L. Davroe:
This excerpt contains lots of sensory descriptions to what Ella is hearing, seeing, and physically feeling as she leads these refugees into the Undertunnel. Was there a reason behind this, especially as they leave Evanescence?
Behind the Scene with A. L. Davroe
“Excellent choice. This is one of my favorite scenes in the whole book! This was originally the very first scene I wrote in REDUX. It’s meant to do a number of things.
Firstly, I wanted to sort of orchestrate a complicated crossroads in the series. The door the boys are pushing closed is not just a physical thing, but a symbolic thing. Ella sees that and embraces the concept. Second, I wanted to convey Ella’s heightened emotional state. Like adrenaline, the senses become magnified when you’re in an emotional or action packed moment. Things amplify and you hyper-focus, you perceive things differently. Often, when thinking back on it, all people can remember most is a base sensory perception and sometimes those become triggers later in life. I wanted this scene, being such a pivotal crossroads for Ella and the plot, to have that intensity.
I chose sound as a hail-back to the final scene in NEXIS where her mother’s “Itsy Bitsy Spider” song did something similar. Ella is in the same state, so she’d be focused on similar things. I envisioned the clicking of the door almost being like the theme-song for Jaws. We’re focused in on her thoughts – she’s this organized, cerebral being who is trying to calculate and come to terms with everything that has just happened — what’s ahead of her, and whether or not she’s making the right decision for herself and everyone around her — she’s building the image for us. The interruptive sound of the door closing between these two concepts keeps cutting in – an impending countdown on an ultimate decision. I chose “click” because it has a harshness to it — like the rotation of a bullet in a chamber, the sound of the tumblers overturning in a lock, or the sound movie insect pincers make when they’re attacking. It’s a primal, organic noise that puts your guard up so you almost feel the hairs on the back of your neck standing up as you read it.
Finally, while I was trying to give this vivid emotional tension, I tried to give a bit of a background to the reader. Not everyone will remember or have read NEXIS, so my hope was to keep their attention while also providing them with some clues – hopefully getting them hooked. I’m glad it made an impression for you like I’d hoped!”