Saturday, June 9, 2012

Blog Tour: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne w/Giveaway!

I'm happy to have Emmy Laybourne on the blog today talking about her favorite post-apocalyptic fiction and distopian fiction.
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Hello Hooked To Books readers! My debut novel, MONUMENT 14, is a post-apocalyptic YA novel about 14 kids who get trapped in a superstore while civilization collapses outside the gates.

I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite post-apocalyptic novels. The five books I’ve listed are not necessarily YA novels, as MONUMENT 14 is, but they are novels that thrilled me, scared me and otherwise captured my imagination. I bet you’ll like them too.

Before I dig in, I want to mention that to me there’s a distinction between post-apocalyptic fiction and distopian fiction. To me a distopian book, such as The Hunger Games, is specifically portraying a society that is repressive and controlling – the opposite of a utopian society. Post-apocalyptic fiction, on the other hand, shows what happened when a crisis threatens life on Earth as we know it (now or in the near future). Those are the definitions I use as I read and write in this genre, so I thought they’d be helpful for you to have.

A World Made By Hand by James Kuntsler
Oooooh, this is my favorite. It’s a very down-to-earth novel, set in the Hudson Valley (where I live) in a future where there is no electricity and things are… made by hand. The characters are finely drawn and deeply human. I found myself rooting for the main character so much that I raced through the book to find out if he’d end up okay. And then, after racing through it, I went back and read it again, to savor the prose.

The Stand by Stephen King
Stephen King’s epic story of the battle between good and evil after a terrible virus kills off most of the population of the United States is a classic. Yes, it’s a bit long, but there are some very memorable scenes. Everytime I get stuck in Lincoln tunnel traffic I nearly break out in hives remembering a scene from the book. Sometimes you want a big book you can read fast – this is a great contender for that! Maybe read it the next time you’re home with the flu. I am joking, my friends, do not do that!

The Wild Shore by Kim Stanley Robinson
This book is from a series of three post-apocalytpic novels (The Three Californias). All three novels are set in the same place, but in three distinct futures. It’s a very cool series to read. The Wild Shore is my favorite of the three. It tells the story of Hank, a teenage kid in a fishing village on the coast of an America leveled by nuclear attacks. The US is patrolled by Japan and any attempt to rebuild is met with military measures. Hank, and others, long to find a way to start re-building America. It’s an exciting read, filled with action and longing.

On The Beach by Nevil Shute
This is a very classy post-apocalyptic novel, set in Australia while the population waits for radiation from a massive world war to reach them. There is a love story here so refined and elegant it took my breath away. It was written in 1957 and there’s something about the dignity and restraint that the characters possess that really entranced me. And man, do they ever drink a lot!

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas will blow your mind. It essentially contains six novellas, intertwined and running backwards and forwards through time. It has a scope that seems to engulf life on Earth in the future and the past. Cloud Atlas has haunted me since I read it. It’s a novel I could read once a year and still come away with new revelations at each read.
And yet look: I’ve written a paragraph about it and I haven’t even tried to explain what it is about. It defies description. Read it. You’ll see.

It was so great to be hosted here at Hooked To Books on my blog tour today! I’m currently on a live book tour as well. We’re in Lake Forest, Washington tonight at Third Place Books at 6:30 so if you’re in the area, please come out and meet me and the rest of the Fierce Reads gang (Jennifer Bosworth, Anna Banks and Leigh Bardugo). I’ll be checking comments here, so please let me know if I missed any favorites of yours – or you can send me a message at

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