Wednesday 28 May 2014

Some Fine Day by Kat Ross Blog Tour, Guest post and Review!

Welcome to the Some Fine Day by Kat Ross Blog Tour. Im excited to share my review with you guys because I really enjoyed this book!! Kat was kind enough to write a wonderful guest post for the blog as well. 

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Title : Some Fine Day
Author : Kat Ross
Published : July 2014
Publisher : Strange Chemistry

Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She's smart and deadly, and knows three things with absolute certainty:

1. When the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.

2. The only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.

3. There's no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.

Jansin has been lied to. On all counts. : :

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Guest Post : 

Top 10 Favorite Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Books

So happy to be here! Thank you, Nat, for having me on your blog as part of the Some Fine Day tour  

First off, let me add a big old proviso that I have a long list of PA/Dystopians that look awesome but which I am still making time to read (and some aren't even out yet), so this is not even remotely a definitive list…They include Joshua David Bellin's Survival Colony 9, Kristi Helvig's Burn Out, John Atcheson's A Being Darkly Wise, Amy Plum's After the End, Matt de la Pena's The Living, and Clara Hume's Back to the Garden.

That said, the following books (in no particular order) really rung my bell in the last year. What can I say? Love me some reanimated corpses and killer bees and supervolcanoes and genocidal aliens. I'm just a ray of sunshine like that.

The Carbon Diaries 2015. All I can say is wow. Just finished this, and I have to admit I was a wee bit sceptical at first because my tastes run a bit more toward storylines with lots of rip-roaring action and extreme situations, but Saci Lloyd just makes you fall madly, head-over-heels in love with the narrator, Laura Brown. There is not a single cliché or false note in this book. It's funny, and heart-breaking, and smart, and compassionate, and above all, so frighteningly real. I get up stupid early in the morning, like 5:30, so you can usually stick a fork in me by 9:30 p.m., but I stayed up late reading every night for a week because I couldn't put it down.  Which is really all there is to say, right?

Odds Against Tomorrow. Okay, not really YA, but a modern dystopian classic. Funny thing: the galleys of Nathaniel Rich's book landed on his editor's desk the day their offices reopened after Hurricane Sandy, and it's not really a spoiler to say the plot revolves around the catastrophic flooding of Manhattan.  So Rich pretty much called that one years in advance. Anyway, I loved the first half the best, which is all about worst-case scenarios of every conceivable stripe. It had me laughing hysterically and packing my bags for the Canadian wilderness at the same time.

Rot & Ruin series. Oh, Jonathan Maberry! A wonderfully fresh and original zombie series (in which they are actually called zombies!), and with a non-white MC (yay to diversity!), and the live bad guys are in many ways scarier than the dead ones. The world he creates is so richly imagined and believable, including the grotesque pathos of the zoms.

Ashfall. I was excited about this one, and Mike Mullin really delivered. He did a ton of research and it shows. Alex's nightmarish trek across a blasted landscape is described in such vivid, agonizing detail; nothing is glossed over. And aw God, there's a scene with a rabbit…okay, talk amongst yourselves…feeling verklempt right now…

The Islands at the End of the World. Please put this on your to-read list immediately. It comes out August 5th, but I got hold of an ARC and LOVED it. Austin Aslan knocks out the global power grid and takes us on a wild ride through the Hawaiian Islands as society devolves into a state of anarchy. But it's the finely drawn characters and his deep respect for Hawaiian culture that make the story extra-special.

The Fifth Wave. Could not put this down, it's really one of my all-time favorites. Edge of your seat from word one, nothing happens the way you expect it to, flawless writing and an MC I wish was my best friend. I was utterly bereft when I finished it so I started on his other series, The Monstrumologist, to get a little Rick Yancey fix, and couldn't believe how versatile this guy is as a writer. They're in a completely different voice—think mutant lovechild of an Edgar Allen Poe/H.P. Lovecraft/Arthur Conan Doyle triangle—but awesome in their own way. Seriously though…Fifth Wave? It's one of those books that leave you green with envy and dying for more.

Shipbreaker.  I'm especially interested in cli-fi (climate change fiction), since my book is in that genre, and Paolo Bacigalupi paints a chilling portrait of the U.S. Gulf Coast in the near-term future. Nailer's father is one of the scariest dudes in anything I've read since The Shining. And the lingo is pitch-perfect; I love that he calls hurricanes "city killers." All in all, a great read.

Stung. From the moment Fiona wakes up in her bedroom with boobs and a tattoo (last she remembers, she had neither), I was hooked. Bethany Wiggins starts at a gallop and keeps up the pace, with a seriously twisted plot that's all too plausible. Makes you think about what we're doing to the planet even as you're getting whiplash from flipping the pages so fast.

Legend. Because: Marie Lu. Great writing, great characters, great story. Must read the rest of the series now…

Anyhoo, I'd love to hear what all your favorite PA/Dystopians are! Give out a shout-out on Twitter or Facebook, or stop by my website

About The Author : 

About the Author: Kat Ross grew up in New York City and worked as a bike messenger,
legal secretary, coat check girl and iguana-brander before settling on a career as a reporter
and editor. Kat Ross is a pseudonym for Kitty Stapp, who is an editor for Inter Press Service 
based out of the UN Headquarters in New York. 

Author hometown: Croton on Hudson, New York 

Book’s setting: Future Earth, underground

My Thoughts : 

When the storms became worse, society decided to move underground to survive. Only the lucky were granted refuge. Jansins' mother and father were brought underground when they were small and this is the life Jan is used to. When her father tells her that they are taking a trip up top before she graduates military school, she is thrilled. These trips are for the elite because they are reliant on the weather. A mole will tunnel up to the surface and a team of scientists monitor the weather to make sure the hypercanes don't come. 

To Jan its a dream come true. She has never been to the surface and can only imagine what its like. The only problem is that apart from the hypercanes there's also Toads to contend with. These Toads are a Human/Amphibian hybrid and are deadly, but they dont live anywhere near the camping site so she will be safe, right?? Wrong. Unbeknownst to Jan there are humans living up top. They travel place to place to keep ahead of the hypercanes. One night they attack Jans site to steal medicine and food. They also kidnap Jan because they think she is a doctor. How is Jan going to escape and return home? Will they survive the hypercanes? 

The first I heard if this was on the Strange Chemistry site. I loved the sound of it and couldn't wait to read it. Luckily I got an early copy and I dived right in. I loved it!! From the very first page I was hooked. 

Jan is a kick ass heroine. She is strong, smart, cunning and capable. When she is kidnapped she uses her head to get the "savages" to think her useful. She knows that if she can stay alive long enough her father will come for her. Yet as time goes on she realises these savages aren't savage at all, and that they were lied to when they were told no human life survived. What else were they lied to about? 

Will is a physic and one of the savages. Jan immediately sees that he isn't like the rest when he tries to help her. He takes her on as his helper and teaches her how to use herbs to heal. He is well read and smart. She finds herself falling for his easy charm. I loved Wills character and I loved seeing their friendship grow. 

Another thing I loved was the plot. I thought the idea of the hypercanes forcing people to go underground was fantastic. In a time were the weather is so unpredictable and devastating, you could totally see this happening. The Toads were something else I  loved the idea of. I just would of liked to see more of them in the book though. The world building was amazing. Kat Ross has created a dangerous world but its not all that it seems. She shows that humanity will find a way!! 

Overall, Some Fine Day was thrilling and engrossing. It was a fast paced, unique and well written book. The ending kinda left it open for a sequel and I really hope there will be one. Im looking forward to more from Kat Ross!! 

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