Monday, December 17, 2012

WORLD OF SHELL AND BONE by Adriana Ryan

Because Christmas is a time of giving, it gives me a great deal of pleasure to introduce Adriana Ryan and her novel World of Shell and Bone...

 

World of Shell and Bone
By Adriana Ryan

In a world ravaged by a nuclear holocaust, Vika Cannon knows there are no guarantees: no guarantees of safety, no guarantees that your neighbor is not actually a spy for the government, and no guarantees you’ll be allowed to emigrate to a new life in Asia.

New Amana is dying. Food and water are scarce, and people suffering from radiation-caused mutations—the Nukeheads—are the new class of homeless. 

Vika has just one purpose: to produce healthy progeny using a Husband assigned by the Match Clinic. Unhealthy children are carted away to Asylums to be experimented on, just as Vika’s little sister Ceres was, eight years ago. Parents incapable of producing healthy progeny are put to death in gas chambers.

When she’s assigned a Husband shortly after her twentieth birthday, Vika expects him to be complacent and obedient. But Shale Underwood has a secret. He is a member of the Radicals, the terrorist group intent on overthrowing the government. And Shale has information about Ceres.

As she learns more about the Rads’s plan, Vika finds herself drawn to Shale in ways she’d never imagined. When freedom calls in the way of a healthy pregnancy, will she betray her government and risk death for Shale and Ceres? 



Why did you write this book and what do you hope readers will take away from it?
There’s a pretty famous Toni Morrison quote: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” That sums up the “why” part of the question really well. I wanted to explore a world where females had been given power. The society Vika Cannon, my protagonist, lives in is feminist and supposedly forward-thinking. But as you go along in the story, you discover why that’s not true and how things have come to be as they are. 
   I hope that readers will see how too much of a good thing can turn bad really quickly. While it’s absolutely essential that those who’ve been historically taken advantage of be given the authority and power to speak out against their oppressors, there is a very real danger in vilifying your oppressors as well. We risk losing our humanity in the face of our indignation, which, I think, is what a lot of the great civil rights leaders of the world, like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted people to realize.
   I also hope readers see that there are many different forms and kinds of oppression. Vika’s world is one of sub-societies and second-class citizens. I think we could draw parallels to the world we live in today, but many times it’s easier to not think about those issues.
   And finally, I hope readers are able to connect with Vika’s vulnerability, courage, and hopefulness. Those, to me, are universal traits, and I tried hard to capture them in World of Shell and Bone. More than anything, I hope Vika comes alive and really speaks to readers in a way that’s personal to them and their truth.


About Adriana Ryan

Adriana lives and writes in beautiful Charleston, SC. A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, she enjoys alternately hitting up the historic graveyards and outlet malls. World of Shell and Bone is her first book.

Reach Adriana at her website, Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.

Buy World of Shell and Bone at: Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Kobo, Sony, and iBookstore will follow soon!

32 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me today, Joylene! :D This post was a blast to think about and write.

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    1. I'm so glad, Adriana. I'm thrilled to participate in letting everyone know about World of Shell and Bone. I'm really looking forward to reading it.

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  2. Greetings Joylene and Adriana,

    A "World of Shell and Bone", is just the sort of book I would love to read to my human. It appears the book has some underlying tones of a rather worrying world we are living in. Of course, when it comes to 'bone', it certainly gives me something to chew on and thanks for this food for thought pawsting, sorry, posting.

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses, eh, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! xx

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    1. Big hugs and wet kisses back at you, Penny, you superstar puppy! Give my best to you and your family. You have a wonderful Christmas, ya hear!

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  3. That is one provocative and beautiful cover.

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    1. Thanks, Ciara! :) My cover artist, James, did a fabulous job. :D (http://www.humblenations.com)

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  4. I remember seeing this cover here a couple weeks ago. It's not one you soon forget and it doesn't sound like the story is either! I also couldn't miss that Adriana's "a fan of spooky stuff and shoes [and] enjoys alternately hitting up the historic graveyards and outlet malls." LOL! Sounds like she's a writer who knows just how to use her words to captivate readers. :)

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    1. Thanks, Carol! :) That's so sweet, and it's funny you noticed that. I do like my contradictory fun.

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    2. You're so astute, Carol! Merry Christmas!

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  5. Sounds like a great dystopian. I like the expectation of a "complacent and obedient" husband who turns out to be a radical. That should be fun to read. :)

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    1. Haha, female readers have liked Shale so far, Luanne. :)

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    2. Luanne, thanks! Merry Christmas, eh!

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  6. This sounds so good! I can't wait to read it. :D

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  7. I appreciate hearing more of Adriana's story, thanks ladies! It always inspires and encourages me to hear about another writer's journey. Adriana - best wishes with your book! Joylene, thank you. You are a treasure! :)

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  8. Adriana, best wishes with your book tour.

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  9. The cover is gorgeous... really gorgeous!

    Coming from a country where people have been "previously disadvantaged and marginalized", I know all about oppression and understand perfectly "how too much of a good thing can turn bad very quickly"...
    This sounds like a great story - I'd love to read it!

    Good luck with your book tour, Adriana.
    Hi Joylene! *waving*

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    1. Michelle, thanks for visiting. Hope your Christmas is wonderful.

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    2. Thanks so much for that thoughtful comment, Michelle! :)

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  10. Adriana's book sounds like a delicious read! And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, Joylene. You truly deserve all of life's blessings! And I'm sending hugs to your grandson. Oh, what a special Christmas this is going to be!

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  11. You gotta love what Martin Luther King stood for. He kept Nichelle Nichols boldly going strong when she needed encouragement most. Awesome book cover!

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    1. I have to admit, I had to look up Nichelle Nichols, but what a great story. :) Thanks!

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