Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Illuminae (Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman)
She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.
Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He's also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi... thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.
Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.
He does not believe in happy endings.
It certainly filled the Battlestar Galactica-shaped hole in my heart.- --Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of The Red Queen
Read the New York Times bestselling blockbuster that critics are calling -out-of-this-world awesome.- The first in an epic sci-fi series unlike anything else out there.
Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she'd ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what's really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents--including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more--Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The book started as a dream. Amie dreamed we were writing an email book together, but in the dream she couldn’t remember what the book was about. Awkward, no? After we talked about it (post-dream), we decided the idea was so crazy it might work. But the more we brainstormed, the more we realized we didn’t need to limit ourselves to email. We could really incorporate any document we could think of. And once we decided AIDAN would be a narrator, and that it’s madness would physically alter the way the data appeared on the page, that gave us a license to go crazy.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
For Amie it’s Kady, because soooo much snark and sass. She was too much fun to write. And Kady’s a very real character, full of uncertainties and failings, even as she’s pulling off some thrilling heroics. That combination was fantastic to write.
For Jay it’s AIDAN, because the deeper you go into the artificial intelligence’s way of thinking, the twistier things become. Throughout the book, AIDAN wrestles with some deeply philosophical questions, and the chance to explore those—and utterly confuse readers about whether they were supposed to hate AIDAN or cheer for it or do something else entirely—was incredibly rewarding.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. Titles are hard. We were calling it “The Thing” for a long while, because we couldn’t think of name. We ended up making up a word entirely after Jay went to a Tool concert, only to find out a year and a half later that it’s actually a real word Latin.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
We could give you a list, but one of the best times we had during writing the book was writing the instant message conversations between Ezra and Kady. We’d start out with a loose idea, like “they have a fight” and ad-lib from there. This meant we were always surprising each other with twists, jokes, punches to the feels, that kind of thing. So when we look at those, we really see what it meant to collaborate together. (1, 2, 3… awwwwww!)
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
That the success of any book is due to a lot of hard work by a lot of people, and a lot of luck. ILLUMINAE wouldn’t be the book it is without the incredible team we had behind us, from our agents and editors, production, sales, marketing, design, all the booksellers and bloggers and vloggers and bookstagrammers who got involved and spread the word—honestly, we are so grateful and lucky to have such an awesome crew along for the ride!
By: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Publishing Date: April 25th, 2017
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