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August 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros – Interview and Giveaway

 

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros

presented by Entangled TEEN!

We are thrilled to have Aden on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

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Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?

In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass…

Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1)
by Aden Polydoros
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thank you for hosting me. I’m thrilled to be here.

 

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

Teens brainwashed to kill must break free of their programming and take down the organization controlling them from the shadows.

 

 

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

The first chapter was just an idea for a random scene that took hold and evolved into an actual story. The experiment in Project Pandora was inspired by real world events I had read about. Mainly Project MKUltra and the eugenics movement.

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

The story is divided between four main characters—two females and two males. Tyler is the central protagonist—the story begins from his POV and he guides the plot along. When he realizes that he has been controlled against his will and forced to kill, he decides to find the people responsible and start them from hurting anyone else. The other characters are equally important however. Shannon, like Tyler, is a brainwashed assassin who goes to the same school as him and eventually becomes close to him. Tyler and Shannon have more of a slow burn romance compared to the other two characters.

 

Elizabeth is a state senator’s daughter who is expected to behave perfectly in every setting, but her structured life falls apart when she meets Hades. Hades is the anti-hero/villainous protagonist of the story—his charisma and beauty belie his cold, ruthless nature.

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

Favorite quotes are weird for me, because they always end up changing as I reread the manuscript. Currently, my favorite quote is:

 

“Sometimes, Hades wondered if he belonged in the wilderness, away from everyone else. He didn’t feel like a human anymore, and there were days he wondered if he had ever been human to begin with.

 

He would have liked to undress and walk into the woods naked. He wanted the bramble to tear apart his skin and the stones to puncture his feet, turning the rage inside him into something physical. And if he couldn’t bleed, then someone else needed to bleed for him.”

 

I think those two paragraphs succinctly describe Hades’s character, blood lust, and internal struggles. In the novel, he is repeatedly described as having a feral demeanor and even his love interest compares him to wild animals. I wanted to take that a step further in this chapter.

 

 

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

Probably the ending. At one point in the story, all four character arcs collide together. I needed to make sure that their meeting was natural and made sense story-wise. Then I needed to wrap up any loose ends and avoid contradicting myself. I wanted to give an action-packed ending that would leave readers satisfied, but also leave room for the sequel.

 

 

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

I’m actually working on three different projects at this time. They are in different genres (gothic horror, contemporarily thriller, and high fantasy), but they will all be for a young adult audience. I will begin edits for Project Pandora’s sequel and accompanying novella soon. The next book coming out will be Project Pandora’s sequel.

 

 

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thank you! I enjoyed being here.

About Aden Polydoros

Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Aden’s family moved to Arizona when he was in second grade. As a kid, he spent much of his time exploring the desert near his home. When he wasn’t searching for snakes and lizards, he was raiding the bookshelves of the local library. As a teenager, Aden decided that he wanted to be a writer. He spent his free time writing short stories. He was encouraged by his English teacher to try his hand at writing a novel, which inspired him to begin PROJECT PANDORA. The YA thriller is set for publication with Entangled Publishing in Summer of 2017. He is represented by Mallory Brown of Triada US.

 

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