Age of Order
by Julian North
GENRE: Dystopian Young Adult/New Adult
What if the people who thought they were better than you… really were?
In this world, inequality is a science. Giant machines maintain order. And all people are not created equal.
Daniela Machado is offered a chance to escape the deprivation of Bronx City through a coveted slot at the elite Tuck School. There, among the highborn of Manhattan, she discovers an unimaginable world of splendor and greed. But her opportunity is part of a darker plan, and Daniela soon learns that those at society’s apex will stop at nothing to keep power for themselves. She may have a chance to change the world, if it doesn’t change her first.
Age of Order is a novel that explores the meaning of merit and inequality. Fans of the Hunger Games, Red Rising, and Divergent will enjoy this world of deception and intrigue, where the downtrodden must fight for a better future.
I dashed towards the dilapidated collection of storefronts hugging the fringes of the worn avenue, the rusted metal gates firmly closed, lean-to homes piled on their concrete roofs. Makeshift cardboard dwellings crowded the sidewalk. I ran for one of the lightless alleys between the buildings. Lurkers lived in those narrow corridors as surely as rats lived in the sewer, but I’d rather face them than the machines. I leaped towards the darkness.
A finder beam latched onto me as I sailed through the air, the comparative safety of the alley as tantalizingly close as candy in a shop window. I imagined the tight little dot on my leg, hot and hungry. I could almost touch the alley wall. But not quite. The hulking metal slave fired.
A correction pellet sliced through the fabricated leather of my sneaker and bit into my flesh. The force of the impact was enough to screw up my balance too. I landed on one foot instead of two, falling forward. Chewed-up concrete surged towards me. I sacrificed my right palm and left elbow to protect my head, and the viser strapped to my left forearm.
I scrambled to my feet and ran down the alley, my jaws clenched, but the pain wasn’t what was bothering me. I told myself that my shoe had blocked a lot of the pellet. That I probably hadn’t gotten hit with a full dose. That what was coming wouldn’t be that bad.
What made you start writing?
Age of Order was inspired by my experiences getting my young children into school in our adopted home of New York City. It was born from frustration and disappointment, then reared on glimmers of hope. After my children went to sleep, I began writing my emotions, which eventually grew into dialogue. Characters developed around the dialogue, then the backstories of the people who would say and feel such things.
What is your favorite genre to read? to write?
I love to read sci-fi, particularly dystopian as well as fantasy. Not surprisingly, those are also the genres I enjoy writing it. I think it’s the world building that appeals to me as a reader and a writer. Those are genres that allow you to start with a blank slate, building everything from the ground up. From Roger Zalazny’s Amber books to the color-class society of Pierce Browns Red Rising books, these are the genre that do the best job transporting the reader.
What author inspired you most?
Pierce Brown. The Red Rising books are bloody damn awesome. They’ve got it all: characters, amazing dialogue, action, pace. I devour them as soon as they are released. It’s also great to see a young, first-time author find success.
What is the best advice you can give to an aspiring writer?
I’m going to go hopeful, rather than cynical here. So here it is: be patient. If you are expecting overnight success, you’ll likely end up disappointed. And that’s is a good thing. Take Pierce Brown. I believe he said the wrote seven (7!) books before Age of Order, and they’ll never see the light of day. Red Rising was a best seller, but he put in his time. Writing makes you a better writer. As I tell my kids, success doesn’t really teach you anything.
What has been the best way you’ve found to promote your book?
It hasn’t been released yet, so everything I know, I learned on Kboards. Is it interviews by prestigious blogs? I’m not sure. Actually, for better or for worse, it seems like the mysterious Amazon algorithm is single best promotional tool, following by the infamous bookbub. I’ve done a bunch of research on this topic. I should have a better answer in March.
If you couldn’t write, what would you do?
Writing isn’t my full time job, unfortunately, so I’m well positioned to answer that question. For me, it’s really whatever is necessary to provide for my family. I happen to be fortunate enough at the moment to do work I enjoy during the day, and I have time to write after my kids go to sleep (most nights). Writing is like dessert after a day eating vegetables.
How long does it typically take you to write a book?
I don’t have a very long track record. I finished two manuscripts before Age of Order, and those took 1 year and 5 years, respectively. So my average is 3 years for non-Age of Order books. Age of Order took about 4 months to write, and nearly an equal amount of time for editing and proofreading.
What is your favorite point of view and why?
I struggled with which point of view to use. In my genre, which is dystopian, the trend is first person present tense. Age of Order is first person past tense. I actually switched the first chapter back and forth several times before making the decision. I still wonder about that choice. Ask me again in March, after more readers have had their say.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I usually write. But you probably mean besides that. Both my kids are frighteningly adept skiers, so that’s something the whole family enjoys.
What do you think would be the hardest genre for you to write and why?
Romance. I’m too practical a person to be any good at that. I have a hard time with characters driven solely by emotion.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I’ve been writing since I could grab a pencil (remember those?). Then I had kids. Not much time for writing anymore. Until they started school… in New York City. I’m not from here, and the tumult of that experience inspired me. AGE OF ORDER grew from a diary of injustice. Now I write what I’m feeling, and let the rest flow from there. I hope you enjoy it.
Please visit my website at www.juliannorth.com and join my book club to receive a free short story set in the same world as AGE OF ORDER.
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Lorana Hoopes is a Christian author who focuses on the inspirational with a touch of romance.Her books are available at Amazon.