I am extremely excited to be a part of the Show No FEAR and Go BZRK Australian & New Zealand blog tour for Michael Grant’s most recent release of Fear (which you can find my review here), the fifth book of the Gone series, and also BZRK, the first book in a new series (my review here). As some of you may know, I am a big fan of Michael Grant’s works and when Jen from Hardie Grant Egmont asked me if I would like to take part in this blog tour, I shot my hand immediately in the air and said ‘Yes!’ – more like screamed out ‘Yes!’
You can find the dates and blogs that are participating on the sidebar to the left. You can find Michael Grant’s introductory message to his ANZ fans here, and then at Read in a single sitting, Michael Grant spills the beans on dystopian influences, transmedia and The Simpsons. I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog tour and if you haven’t yet begun reading Gone and its sequels or BZRK, I want to see you grab your car keys, drive to your nearest bookstore, and purchase them.
Today, Michael Grant answers my queries as to why ‘fear’ plays a huge role in the Gone series, what were his influences for using this concept, and why wait until the fifth book to reveal what we have all been wondering since the first page of Gone.
FEAR is all about happiness.
Okay, no it’s not. It’s about fear. I hope that’s not a spoiler. Early on I hit on the idea of building each book around a single over-arching concept: GONE, HUNGER, LIES, PLAGUE. Now FEAR. The last book will be called LIGHT. It will be about fear.
No, that’s not true, either. It will be about light, truth, revelations, clarity. But before we can get to all that positive-sounding stuff we have to pass through fear. FEAR is about all the different forms that fear can take: fear of loneliness, fear of failure, fear of pain and loss. Fear of the dark both literally and metaphorically.
In FEAR I finally give up a lot of information. I tend to hold my cards close to the vest and dole out information a little at a time. Incidentally, I’m not this way at all in real life. In real life I’ll answer anyone’s question about anything as openly as I can. This sometimes leaves audiences staring, open-mouthed and wondering, “Who is this weirdo?”
But I digress.
In FEAR we finally answer the question: what is the FAYZ barrier? What happened to all the people over age 14? What happened to Mary? And why did Connie Temple keep Sam and give Caine up for adoption?
And for the first time ever we actually increase the population of the FAYZ by one. It’s not pretty, I have to warn you. Then again, birth never is, really, despite all the romantic nonsense about it. Seen up close it’s quite appalling, even under the best of circumstances. I know, I’m a father, I’ve been there in the delivery room.
But again, I digress.
Sam has two great fears, fear of the dark, and fear of being judged for everything that’s happened under his watch in the FAYZ. In FEAR he confronts both of those fears. Of course Astrid helps him a bit with that. In fact Sam experiences some simple, straightforward joy. . . for a few minutes before the fear comes down on him like a hammer.
Because it wouldn’t be a GONE novel if Sam was having fun, now would it?
Interesting, huh? To know a bit about the reasons for why things have been done. And as always, Michael Grant enjoys leaving everyone still wondering about things, with an itch still to scratch – and that’s the talk of Light, my number one most-anticipated book of 2013.
I don’t leave you here with that itch to scratch though. Jen has kindly offered me to give a copy of BZRK away on the blog. This is for Australian (& New Zealand?) residents only.
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