Author: Shaunta Grimes
Publisher: Berkeley Trade
Pub. Date: July 1, 2014
Sixteen years ago, a plague wiped out nearly all of humanity. The Company’s vaccine stopped the virus’s spread, but society was irrevocably changed. Those remaining live behind impenetrable city walls, taking daily doses of virus suppressant and relying on The Company for continued protection. They don’t realize that everything they’ve been told is a lie…
Clover Donovan didn’t set out to start a revolution—quiet, autistic, and brilliant, she’s always followed the rules. But that was before they forced her into service for the Time Mariners. Before they condemned her brother to death, compelling him to flee the city to survive. Before she discovered terrifying secrets about The Company.
Clover and the Freaks, her ragtag resistance group, are doing their best to spread the rebellion and stay under The Company’s radar. But when their hideout is discovered, they are forced, once again, to run. Only this time, The Company has special plans for Clover, plans that could risk her life and stop the uprising in its tracks…
About the Author:
Shaunta Grimes has worked as a substitute teacher, a newspaper reporter, a drug court counselor, and a vintage clothing seller. No matter which direction she strays, however, she always comes back to storytelling. She lives in Reno with her family, where she writes, teaches, and perpetually studies at the University of Nevada. Viral Nation is her debut traditionally-published novel.
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Mango, the service bulldog, is one of my favorite characters in Viral Nation and Rebel Nation. He’s such a good, loyal friend to Clover. He loves her unconditionally, and I think everyone deserves that. She loves him the same way. Her social awkwardness doesn’t get in the way when she’s with Mango. He’s also the one proof she has that her dad loves her, since she gave him to her. Mango is her bridge to the rest of the world, and he was an absolute joy to write.
This past year we’ve adopted a rescue dog that we named Maybelline Scout. I really wanted to name her Scout, after one of my favorite literary characters of all time, but she’d had the name Mae while she was being fostered by a veterinarian, and was already used to it.
When Mae was picked up by animal control, she had a bad cut on her leg, which is why the vet was fostering her. Sometimes I wish I knew what her life was like before. Did she have a family? Does she still miss them? How did she end up a stray in the first place? Why didn’t anyone come looking for her? She’s so attached to us now, it’s hard to imagine her living with anyone else!
My office is a converted bedroom and has a closet in it that doesn’t have a door. Mae loves to curl up on her blankets and pillows in the closet and keep me company while I write. She is the most laid-back dog ever, which is just what a writer needs in a companion pet! Taking care of her during the day keeps me from getting so lost in my stories that I don’t stand up for hours at a time, too, which is awesome.
5 finished copies of Rebel Nation International.
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