Blog Tour & Giveaway: Awakening by Shannon Duffy
Release Date: 04/07/15
Summary from Goodreads:
A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.
Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn't even think to question when Darien, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.
Then Darien shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree's help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she's ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darien be able to escape the Protectorate before it's too late?
How did you build Darian and Desiree’s relationship?
For me, it was really important to make Darian and Desiree’s relationship realistic, romantic, and strong. I set out to do that by first starting with the fact that they’ve known each other since grade school. Adding to that bond is the fact that Darian used to stand up for Desiree against her childhood bully. I weaved in stories about outings to Darian’s family’s treehouse as kids, and times they spent together and experiences they shared.
In the beginning of the book however, we learn that Darian is jailed for the murder of his parents. Since Desiree firmly believes in The Protectorate, she has no doubt that this conviction is right. Because of that, she is disgusted by him and believes she must have read him wrong from the beginning. If The Protectorate says he is guilty, then he must be. So their relationship changes from one of friends to enemies and back again, to a romantic relationship that develops as a slow burn and as trust and feelings develop. I hope people fall in love with them as much I as did.
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