Sunday, March 29, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review + Random Things + GIVEAWAY} Guardians - By SusanKim & Laurence Klavan


Author(s): Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan 
Release Date: 3/24/2015
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N

The Emmy Award-nominated and Edgar Award-winning duo of Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan deliver a heart-pounding finale to the postapocalyptic teen world of the Wasteland, filled with dramatic twists and turns. Bestselling author of Criminal, Karin Slaughter, called Wasteland "a Lord of the Flies for future generations. An irresistible page-turner."

No one dares to leave the District—the towering structure of glass and steel that is their protection against the unruly bands of Outsiders that roam Mundreel and the deadly rain that carries the disease that kills all over the age of nineteen.

This skyscraper stands amid the urban devastation, the city rumored to have once been called "Montreal." Esther and her allies have created a haven on the rooftop, a garden that flourishes, and a home for her new baby, hidden from all but the very few who know her secret. But as Gideon's power grows and factions form, the ultimate darkness is born from greed, and Esther must find a way to save the citizens from themselves.

From page one you could tell there was a power struggle in this diverse group that would define this book. Not having read the first 2 books
In this
Series I was a little lost in the beginning, but the authors had such a great way of giving all the back stories without dragging the story line out. You could tell there have been some pretty big issues in that the characters were able to overcome, but there are those specific characters who just can't let things go.

I felt as though Esther took a lot on in this book, she seemed a little emotionally unhinged at times....but I mean with some of the characters killing each other off I would be too. Plus that's one aspect of this book I really enjoyed. No one was safe, it made for a more interesting story, because just when you thought you'd fallen for a someone...BAM! They're gone! Esther did take on a lot to keep her people safe, she knows what needs to be done and I felt as though she genuinely struggled to make those tough decisions throughout the entire book.

I really, really wish Gideon had been one of those characters who got the "BAM", because he was an one likes a power hungry one.

Overall I highly enjoyed the story line in this book, it was meticulously thought out, and I foresee the series going to great places!



Random Things About Susan & Laurence:

1.       I was in a comedy improv group called Spontaneous Combustion. We toured around other colleges and also spent a summer performing at the Royale Lounge in the old Mount Airy Lodge (“your host with the most in the Poconos”.) It was a great experience in that it was genuinely trial by fire: you will never appreciate what rejection feels like until you try making a roomful of surly, drunk people laugh.
2.      I majored in English and theatre, but adored psychology and almost tried to do a triple major. 
3.      Most of what I wore was from thrift shops. Some of my favorite pieces: a Boy Scout uniform shirt, a stewardess cape from Qantas, a rugby referee shirt, a striped mini-dress from the 60s, and a green silk bomber jacket that said “Korea”. As Macklemore sang, my idea of a great time was popping some tags.
4.       I had a terrible (as in nonexistent) work ethic. At the library, I’d talk so much, my friends stopped asking me to study with them. I’m actually kind of amazed I graduated.
5.      Even though I mostly took theatre and literature classes, I appreciated that you were encouraged/forced to study other things. Two of my favorite classes were intro geology and playing the Javanese gamelan. 

1.       I went to college in New York City and once accidentally dropped my books on the subway tracks.
2.       Maybe it wasn’t accidental.
3.      I worked in publishing during college but was laid off when the company was sold.
4.      I broke up with my high school girlfriend during college.
5.      Actually, she broke up with me.


About the Authors:

SUSAN KIM is a playwright, TV writer, and author. Her two graphic novels w/co-author Laurence Klavan, “City of Spies” (artwork by Pascal Dizin) and “Brain Camp” (artwork by Faith Erin Hicks), were published by First Second Books in 2010. “Flow: the Cultural Story of Menstruation” (co-written w/Elissa Stein) was published by St. Martin’s Griffin in 2009. Plays include the stage adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (Dramatists Play Service) and various one-acts that were produced in the EST Marathon, including Death and the Maiden, Rapid Eye Movement,Dreamtime for Alice (Dramatists Play Service and Farrar Strauss), and Memento Mori (Smith and Krauss). Her work has been produced internationally. Ms. Kim has been nominated five times for the Emmy and four times for the Writers Guild award for her work in both non-fiction and children’s TV; she won a WGA award in 1996 for Best Documentary. She lives in New York City, teaches dramatic writing in the MFA program at Goddard College and currently blogs for the Huffington Post.

LAURENCE KLAVAN wrote the novels, “The Cutting Room” and “The Shooting Script,” which were published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel, “Mrs. White,” co-written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, "City of Spies" and "Brain Camp," were co-written with Susan Kim and published by First Second Books at Macmillan. His short work has been published in The Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, The Literary Review, Gargoyle, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, Pank, Stickman Review, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, among many other journals, and a collection is forthcoming from Chizine Publications. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of "Bed and Sofa," the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theater in London in 2011. His one-act, "The Summer Sublet," is included Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.



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2 Signed Copy of Guardians by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan.

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