Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Series: Girl of Glass
Genre: YA Dystopia
Release Date: April 10, 2018
After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.
Clinging to Jeremy, Nola struggles to find a way to exist in the domes, turning her back on all she learned in the city. But when one of the outsiders brings the dark secrets of the domes to light, the line between survival and murder blurs against the spectre of the dying world.
Can Nola follow the dark path laid out by the Domes? Will the dangers of the night become her new sanctuary?
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By Megan O’Russell
PICKING FAVORITES IN THE APOCALYPSE — MEGAN O’RUSSELL
In authoring, as in parenting, you really aren’t supposed to have a favorite character. But in every book I’ve written, I always have one. In the Girl of Glass series, my favorite character is Raina, a knife-wielding vampire.
To avoid sounding too much like either a love letter or a letter of recommendation, I’ve created a list for the many reasons I love Raina.
- She is excellent with knives. In a mid-apocalyptic world with chemically-induced vampires, if you’re going to run with the vampires, you want well-armed and competent blood drinkers on your side. Raina will not only fight her enemies, she’ll kill them with style and finesse.
- Raina might seem a little jaded—the end of the world could do that to anyone—but really she’s very caring. If she decides she wants to care about you, she’ll fight to her last breath for you. If she doesn’t like you… run. You probably still won’t live, but at least you’ll feel productive in the last few seconds of your life.
- Gender barriers… not a thing. She’ll fight alongside the men and never bat an eyelash. If a man tries to insult her, take advantage of those weaker than themselves, or just plain piss her off… once again, run.
- Not to sound shallow, but I’m kind of envious of her hair. Streaked scarlet and purple, it’s a look I’d love to rock if upkeep weren’t such a difficult thing.
- Her relationship with Emanuel, the leader of our vampire clan. She’s stood by his side as he built his home and saved his people. He trusts her completely. If the head of an underground society of vampires trusts you entirely, you’ve either killed a lot of people or made some huge sacrifices to reach that position. With Raina, it’s a bit of both.
- Her backstory. I’m not going to go into it because I’m not a fan of spoilers, but I love where she came from just as much as where she’s going.
Basically, Raina is a strong, independent, potentially deadly woman, and that’s just the sort of person I’d want on my side as dystopia descends.
There are other characters that hold my heart as well. The protagonist: whose heart is too big to watch others suffer. The alpha male: whose belief in duty binds his freedom. The rebel: who has given everything to others. The leader: who has staked everything he has on the chance of survival for his child.
But Raina… leather-clad, knife-wielding Raina. If the apocalypse were a game of dodgeball, I’d choose her first for my team.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Megan O’Russell is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Tethering, and Nuttycracker Sweet, a Christmas novella. Megan’s short stories can also be found in several anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters 2, featuring women in speculative fiction. Megan is a professional performer who has spent time on stages across the country and is the lyrist for Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, which received its world premier in 2015. When not on stage or behind a computer, Megan can usually be found playing her ukulele or climbing a mountain with her fantastic husband.