Friday, March 29, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.
Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.
Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid
The Valentine's Sweet Six
I once wrote the sentence: Proxy is a semi-messianic, queer-affirming sci-fi thriller which critiques the corrupt meritocracy forged by neo-liberal capitalism and the dehumanizing nature of financialized debt...for teens.I vowed never to share this sentence in public. Oops.Proxy is a futuristic thriller about two guys from opposite ends of society who are never supposed to know each other. There is Knox, a patron—privileged, entitled, kind of obnoxious, dashingly handsome, and there is Syd--an orphan, a loner, closed off, and desperately trying to get out of debt. It’s the debt he’s in that makes him Knox’s proxy. When Knox gets in trouble, Syd is punished. When Knox’s hijinks go too far, Syd has had enough and the two of them end up caught up in events much larger themselves. They're going to need each other to survive.That’s the plot anyway.To me, the heart of the story is these guys figuring out how to connect--with themselves, with each other, with the world around them in a larger way than mere self-interest. It’s sort of the fundamental journey we all have to go through in growing up.Usually, though, there aren’t clone armies after us. Syd and Knox have to deal with that too.The book came from two places, really—Sid Fleischman’s chapter book, The Whipping Boy (which is an obvious inspiration; I even seeded references to it throughout the book. I wonder if anyone will get them all?) and from some stuff I was dealing with, guilt trying to process my own privileged upbringing and trying to figure out why all the stories I read with main characters who were gay were about being gay in some way, were "issue" novels. In this story, Syd happens to be gay, but that’s not really germane to the plot. I don’t believe that any one facet of a person’s identity should limit the kinds of stories they get to see themselves in, so I wanted to write an action-packed adventure tale about big ideas—debt, friendship, society—that didn’t shrink itself into a “gay” novel.So there’s a lot going on, but I mean it to be a page-turner…I repeat: clone armies.
So my dentist keeps telling me! Alex, you rock for being my first Valentines victim, er, interviewee, and I cannot wait to watch the public clamor for PROXY just like I did :)
Alex London writes books for adults, children and teens. At one time a journalist who traveled the world reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he now is a full time novelist living in Brooklyn.
Check out Alex's blog, twitter, and FB.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Oh, wow, I think of the book as a whole, not the sum of its parts. So, I don't think I can pick a "favorite." And then there are spoiler issues -- some of the bits of which I'm most proud would give away key plot points. But, okay, from early in the book, I am really proud of the scene between Matt and his father in the kitchen discussing the fight. That scene has been there from the first draft, but with each revision I think it gained focus and tension. It has all these sharp-edged sentences and heavy silences that I love.
Nothing too crazy, and the ones that are memorable are too personal to share. ;)
Candy (good answer!)
Friday, March 15, 2013
Without further ado:
(this pic is kind of gross... my apologies)
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Judging by the trailer, the essential elements are there, right down to the looming eyes of T.J. Eckleburg. Hopefully, the loss of value and hollowness they symbolize will not apply to the quality of this rendition.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Our own Paula Stokes announced her second contemporary YA novel with HarperTeen, LIARS, INC. Release date pending, but stay tuned to learn more about this nitty gritty contemporary gem!
The Top Secret Valentine has been REVEALED! Give a big Valentines' welcome to Sara B. Larson, whose YA fantasy DEFY comes out Spring 2014 from Scholastic! Head on over to our Books! page to check it out, and be sure to add it (as well as all the other *totally unbiased* fantastic Valentines books) on Goodreads!
Are you ready for this?
No, seriously. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?
We have THE FIRST official cover for a Valentines book! Some of you may have already seen its loveliness posted on the Books! page, but it is just so darn pretty, we decided it deserved its own announcement too. So I present for your proper oooing and ahhhing pleasure, the stunningly raw cover to A. Lynden Rolland's OF BREAKABLE THINGS!
Eidolon is a secluded reservation which has existed for centuries as a safeguard and governing capital city for those spirits who are strong enough to linger once the body is gone. In a peculiar world where rooms can absorb emotions and secrets are buried six feet under, Alex finds herself to be the talk of the afterlife due to her infamous prophet of a mother who disappeared years ago. Suddenly standing out isn’t so great especially since the spirits who hunted her mother seem to have their sights set on Alex. Yet even amongst envious peers, daunting magic, and soulless banshees, the most difficult aspect of Alex’s afterlife is juggling between Chase and his reckless brother, neither of whom are willing to give up the girl they both love.
So much for resting in peace.
Friday, March 1, 2013
We'll be getting in touch with you very soon!
And don't forget to keep shooting those arrows because EVERY MONTH, that's right folks, every month, we will be giving away something awesome. But you have to shoot us an arrow to be included in the drawing!
And now for my humiliation.
Be kind, people. Did you know writers are introverts at heart?