July 11, 2016
Welcome to our Tour Stop for
Rebellion (The Elysium Chronicles #3)
by J.A. Souders!
We are thrilled to have the author on the blog today for a quick Q&A.
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The thrilling conclusion to J. A. Souders’s riveting SF psychological thriller series for teens
In this conclusion to J. A. Souders’s thrilling, twist-filled Elysium Chronicles series, Evie Winters and Gavin Hunter return to the isolated, dangerous underwater city that they fought so hard to escape.
Back in Elysium at last, Evie has finally found her true self hidden under layers and layers of false memories implanted by the woman she knew as Mother. Thanks to the intervention of her father, she knows the horrible truth about Mother and her insidious plans for her city. With the help of the love of her life, Gavin, and her best friend, Asher St. James, she’s determined to free her people from the cruel dictatorship of Mother’s laws. But how do you free people who don’t know they need rescuing?
Working with the growing Underground rebellion, Evie tries to remove Mother from her position by force—with disastrous results. As the body count rises, Evie must find a way to save Elysium before Mother destroys them all.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
I’m so glad to be here! Thank you so much for having me!
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet).
Well, that’s hard without spoilers since it’s Book 3 in the Elysium Chronicles, but here goes: Evelyn’s returned to Elysium to save her people from Mother, but when everyone thinks she’s the enemy, she might just need saving instead.
What was your inspiration for writing this series? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
Long story short, I’ve always loved the ocean; and living in a city under the waves was always a dream of mine. I joined the navy in the hopes of one day being a part of a program to colonize the sea floor. That, of course, never happened. However, one day while I was plotting a different book to start, I was watching a documentary on people’s perception of perfection at the same time my son was playing the BioShock videogame. Somehow they meshed in my head and out RENEGADE came. Followed soon after by REVELATIONS and now, finally, REBELLION.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Evelyn (Evie) Winters is the adopted daughter of Mother and former assassin turned Daughter of the People turned escaped renegade. After losing herself on the Surface, she returns to Elysium to rescue her people. She’s frustratingly stubborn, unsure of herself and her place in the world, incredibly passionate about her causes and her friends and, at the cost of her own life, is willing and able to do whatever it takes to save every single person in Elysium from Mother, including Mother herself.
Gavin is the son of a hunter, a Surface Dweller, Evie’s boyfriend, and former best friend to fellow Surface Dweller, Asher. He doesn’t agree with what Evie is doing, but supports her decision. He only wants to protect Evie (and Asher, but don’t ask him about that), even at the cost of his life. He is unwaveringly loyal to those few people he considers worth his time, has misplaced anger issues, and would do anything to help Evie.
Asher is another Surface Dweller and the son of the Mayor of Black Star Cove. He’s the former BFF to Gavin and current BFF and strategist to Evie. Living in his cruel father’s shadow his entire live, and having lost his best friend because of his own naïveté and his father’s plotting, not to mention having to keep the secret of who he really is from everyone, has left him lonely with a stone heart that very few people are able to penetrate to be considered friends. He does have a wit strong enough to cut through any and all barriers set in front of him and has a few surprising qualities that shock even him.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in REBELLION that you really love?
I don’t really have a favorite part of the story, because I love it all, but I really liked being able to see more into Gavin’s head, and to be able to have Asher play his part. But, I suppose, if I had to pick one thing I enjoyed writing the most it was the “commercials”. When you get to them, you’ll see why.
Was there a specific part in REBELLION that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
The ending was incredibly hard to write. Everything I wrote for it just didn’t seem to fit the story or Evie or Mother. But, eventually, when I found the right one, it fit right in as if I’d written it all along.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now? Any new books coming out?
I’m currently working on two books that I’m hoping my publisher will like, with a few more turning around in my brain.
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