Kelly St. Clare
(The After Trilogy, #1)
Publication date: August 30th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Earth is ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news.
Romy’s life is simple—for a genetically enhanced space soldier; pick up space junk with her four friends, and stave off the invaders fixated on stealing Planet Earth.
It isn’t much. But it’s temporary—only another 850 years to go, give or take.
When her crew tangles with a gulp-worthy alien mothership, Romy’s return to Earth is brought forwards at hurtling pace.
Strength comes from the unlikeliest of quarters.
As does leadership.
…As does betrayal.
Character Interview: Romy
From The Retreat by Kelly St. Clare
Interviewer: Weiv Retni
Weiv Retni: Romy, a pleasure to meet you! Please come in and sit down. You’ve travelled here all the way from space, you must be tired.
Romy: I have. Well, from 400km into space, anyway. I suppose there are further distances to travel, technically speaking. Though I have come from 150 years into the future, too.
Weiv Retni: LOL – just casually. That must be amazing! What’s it like? Oops, sorry, I’ll wait until you have a sip of your tea.
Romy: *gulps quickly and laughs* That’s okay. I know earth humans view life in space as incredible. To be honest, I find your life here much more interesting! Space is just picking up debris and eating dehydrated food. There is so much room down here on Earth. So much colour. It’s vibrant.
Weiv Retni: I mean … you also blow apart aliens for a living.
Romy: There is that. The critamal want to inhabit the Earth – now it is in the midst of global warming. My team is called up maybe once a month for battle. We’re … how do you say it? Not highly ranked. If we’re not picking up junk after the battle, we’re on kitchen duty.
Weiv Retni: … I guess picking up rubbish is cool, too?
Romy: It’s really not.
Weiv Retni: At least you have some cool friends. What is your team called again?
Romy: Space soldiers aboard the orbitos are split into groups of five, called knots. I’m in Knot 27.
Weiv Retni: And Knot 27 is made up of Deimos and Phobos?
Romy: Everyone calls them the twins. They look nothing alike, aside from their green eyes, but they’re hardly ever apart. Thrym would tell you they’re the reason Knot 27 is so poorly ranked.
Weiv Retni: Thrym?
Romy: Another friend from Knot 27. My best friend. I feel for him, sometimes, he really drew the short straw when the knots were decided. I know he’d like to have a higher position. But he’s too nice to really make a big deal out of it.
Weiv Retni: And Elara?
Romy: Feisty and lazy, all at once. All space soldiers are genetically enhanced to “supposedly” get rid of these kinds of traits. Somehow Elara still manages to possess them. I love her.
Weiv Retni: I know you said space is same-old before. But it boggles my mind. What do you do all day?
Romy: When I’m not on duty, I’m reading everything I can about Earth on my nanopad. And I also like to sit in on the cadet’s lectures. I’ve heard everything dozens of times, but it makes me feel like the return to Earth is a little closer – instead of 850 years away.
Weiv Retni: …850 years…why don’t you just go now?
Romy: Uh…what year is this?
Weiv Retni: 2016.
Romy: By 2050 the world will be on the cusp on global warming—and in anarchy. The last recorded interaction with humans on Earth was 2060. In recent years, our researchers have confirmed that humankind are no longer in existence on Planet Earth.
Weiv Retni: WHAT! I’m only seventeen! You’re telling me I’ve only got 34 years left to live?!
Romy: You *might* have 44 years. But yes, you, your family, and everyone you know will die.
Weiv Retni: Crapola. Guess I better start stockpiling baked beans and cream rice.
Romy: You’d do better to try and lobby for solutions to global warming. You still have time.
Weiv Retni: Good idea! I’ll put it on my ‘to do’ list. But back to you, you’ll get back to Earth, right? How can you live for 850 years?
Romy: One day, if I’m very, very lucky, I’ll see Earth again. If I avoid being blown up, ’ll just continue to be recycled every 23 years. Unless something else bad happens. But things hardly ever go wrong.
Weiv Retni: Yikes…let’s hope those aren’t famous last words!
When Kelly St Clare is not reading or writing, she is lost in her latest reverie. She can, quite literally, drift past a car accident while in the midst of her day dreams, despite the various police sirens and chaos.
Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unravelling this mystery and began writing. Her aim: To write stories she would want to read. As it turns out, this failed miserably. Do you know what it is like to read something you've written? Impossible, that's what. Not to mention, the ending is ruined before you've begun. Never-the-less, Kelly loves it and wishes she had more time to squeeze it in between her day job as a physiotherapist.
Fantasy of Frost, the first title in The Tainted Accords, is her debut novel. It's sequel, Fantasy of Flight, was released on May 24th, 2015. Fantasy of Fire is due for release January 2016!
A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her soon-to-be husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.
Fav quote: Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint on broken glass.
Fav Song: I believe in a thing called love - The Darkness
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