Release date: June 3, 2014 | Published by: Sky Pony Press
The future world has been divided into sectors—each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors’ thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what’s coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future. Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia’s seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she’ll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.
“Deadly cyborgs in the grimmest of worlds with a heroine who still dares to hope. The pages utterly flew by.” — Elsie Chapman, author of the Dualed series
“Chilling and all too plausible. . . . Readers are going to love Dark Days.” — Emma Pass, author of Acid
“Thrilling! With a terrifying countdown at its core, DARK DAYS is an intense read that had me racing through the pages. Kate Ormand creates a new dystopian world that is both frightening and hopeful. I loved every suspenseful second. Highly recommended!” —Demitria Lunetta, author of the In the After series
Q: I'm a big fan of young adult dystopian novels and love the synopsis for Dark Days. Could you tell us something about Sia's character that isn't mentioned in the summary? Also, how did you choose her unusual name?
A: From the summary, we know she is determined and strong-willed, but within the pages there’s a softer, gentler side of Sia that’s explored as she struggles to come to terms with everything that’s happening around her. We see that she cares a lot about small things in life, about memories and stolen moments, and about making the most of what she has.
As for the name, I think I have a thing for three-letter names (Sia, Pax, Len!). Sia just came to me one day and stuck—I can’t remember even thinking of calling her anything but that.
Q: You also write stories for young children under the name Kate Louise. The Upside-Down Fish & Pierre the French Bulldog Recycles both look like fun stories that my kindergartner would enjoy. What inspired you to become a picture book author?
A: I do! And thank you, I hope so! My agent, who writes picture books herself, inspired me to experiment with some ideas. I started buying lots of picture books and I really fell for them. I played with a few stories and discovered my own style of writing this way and it grew from there.
Q: I've noticed that you're an avid reader. Of the books you've read so far this year, which would you recommend?
A: I am! I have read some amazing books this year, but the ones that have really stuck with me are: STOLEN SONGBIRD by Danielle L. Jensen, IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi, FIRE & FLOOD by Victoria Scott, and THE FEARLESS by Emma Pass.
Q: You've written a young adult novel, stories for young children, and in an interview mentioned that you would be interested in middle grade stories as well. Why is writing for a younger audience more appealing to you?
A: The books I buy and read and love are more or less all YA and MG. I love the community, and looking forward to releases, and sharing what I’m reading with others. It’s just so much fun. Adding my own stories to the mix is a bonus and I’m very grateful for it. I get to write what I love!
Q: What will you be working on next?
A: I’m currently working on another standalone YA book. Also playing with a middle grade idea, which I’m really enjoying! And I’m working with an illustrator on a new picture book idea.
Thank you for having me, and for the great questions!
KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website (www.kateormand.wordpress.com) or on Twitter (@kateormand).
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