Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars Blog Tour - ON THE FRINGES - The Unified Party + a Giveaway

A devastated Earth's last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers—political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth's stratosphere—and the corrupt Surface government.

Jesse Fisher, a Skyship slacker, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess.

Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn't know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.
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I'm very excited to be a part of the blog tour for Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars. This book was awesome and you should definitely check it out. Author Nick James stops by today to give us some good-to-know info on the Unified Party.
The Unified Party sprung from the ashes of the crumbling American government after the bombings that decimated the country. Opting for speed, authority and autonomy instead of the usual checks and balances, the party has many detractors, including the Fringers (who have been pushed away) and the Skyshippers (who chose to leave).

The Unified Party operates from fifty Chosen Cities erected around the country. Because of the desolate, unlivable conditions outside, the Chosens are protected by enormous domes of high-tech environmental support called Bio-Nets. Only those who agree to the government’s expensive Environmental Tax get to live inside, and even then space is limited. Of course, something as large and draining as a Chosen City can only operate on Pearl Power. Because of this, the Unified Party trains Pearlhounds in earnest--elite operatives whose sole goal is to find and secure Pearls as they fall to the Earth.

Author’s Inspiration: In the book, Chosen Cities are kind of like huge terrariums. I wanted there to be a stark contrast between the Unified Party and the Fringes, not only philosophically but visually. As for the Party itself, I thought back to the aftermath of September 11th and wondered what would have happened if the country sort of warped the ideas of “united” and “unified.” “Unified” can be pretty horrific if you’re not part of the unification. Or, even worse, if you’re fighting against it.

Terms to know:
Chosen Cities - fifty large-to-mid-size cities around the country that are protected from the environment and run by the Unified Party.

Pearlhounds - the nickname given to the members of the Unified Party’s Pearl retrieval squad.

The Lodge - the headquarters for the Department of Energy Acquisition, located in Rochester, NY (Chosen City #17).

Awesome, right?

Don't forget to check out today's other tour stop at Into the Morning, where Nick is talking about revisions.

You can win:
A supplemented copy of the book with a bonus Skyship diagram and bonus chapter or annotations.

How it works:
Throughout the nine days and 15 stops, there are 8 clues scattered on the blogs. Make sure you go to every stop on the tour so you can find the clues. These clues spell out a secret coordinate and you need this coordinate so you can win on the last stop of the tour. - Check the banner to the right for all the tour stops!

Follow along with tomorrow's first tour stop over at The Book Smugglers.

And then the tour makes its last stop on September 9th at Frenzy of Noise, where you'll be able to submit your coordinates and enter to win.


Candace said...

That is some great good-to-know info! Especially since I plan on getting my hands on this one ASAP! (which might actually be awhile since I don't have any money. But still ASAP.)

Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Candace - I'm checking out all the tour posts because I love getting that little extra info whenever I can. It helps to fill in any holes I had while reading - not that I was confused or anything, but I like the supplemental stuff.

Bethie - Thanks for stopping by, but to be entered, you actually have to follow along with the tour and collect coordinates. The final tour stop will have the giveaway entry form/info. It's very worth it to check out all the posts though because there's some great stuff on each blog.

Bere said...

Omg, this is pretty incredible stuff. It really makes me all the more interested in reading The Pearl Wars. Fantastic post, Nikki =).

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