She is no longer princess. No longer hostage. No longer human. Greta Stuart has become an AI.
If she can survive the transition, Greta will earn a place alongside Talis, the AI who rules the world. Talis is a big believer in peace through superior firepower. But some problems are too personal to obliterate from orbit, and for those there are the Swan Riders: a small band of humans who serve the AIs as part army, part cult.
Now two of the Swan Riders are escorting Talis and Greta across post-apocalyptic Saskatchewan. But Greta’s fate has stirred her nation into open rebellion, and the dry grassland may hide insurgents who want to rescue her – or see her killed. Including Elian, the boy she saved—the boy who wants to change the world, with a knife if necessary. Even the infinitely loyal Swan Riders may not be everything they seem.
Greta’s fate—and the fate of her world—are balanced on the edge of a knife in this smart, sly, electrifying adventure.
Last book you read:
An advanced copy of THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL by Peternelle van Arsdale
Last trip you took:
A very dull jaunt to Michigan to see my uncle and teach my kids to body surf. We had fun but the most exotic part of the whole thing was the coconut cream milkshake from the Sonic beside the somewhat skeevy hotel (instead of a “what to do in MICHGAN” magazine they had “What To Do If the Sirens Go Off At the Nuclear Power Plant Next Door” flyer.).
On the other hand, last year I was on 33 airplanes, including the six you have to take to go backpacking in Mongolia.
Last thing that made you smile:
The rainstorm this afternoon. I love thunder.
That’s hard to narrow down. Maybe this, which is part of the baptism speech for the twins in Kurt Vonnegut’s GOD BLESS YOU MR. ROSEWATER:
Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.”
So not sharable.
Handy substitutes: getting down on one knee to propose to my boyfriend at an airport. Letting my infant sleep on my chest. Eating hot spicy crawfish in Hong Kong. Bringing a puppy home to surprise my kids. Flying a hunting eagle for the first time.
Best moment as an author:
I sold my first novel on election day in 2008, the day Obama got elected. I’d been a campaign volunteer; it was a heady day. I remember leaving my horrible, horrible job to have lunch with my family and sneak a glass of champagne. My three-year-old didn’t get why I was so excited, what was so special about the day. I told her that a good man had been elected president, and that I had sold my book for a lot of money, and therefore we could change the way we lived, and be happier. It would be a better world.
She thought for a moment then asked: “Can all my jellybeans be red?”
Last thing you treated yourself to:
A new notebook: moleskin soft cover with dotted paper, in turquoise. I use a fountain pen too – I do a lot of writing long hand.
Favorite place in the world:
My friend has a game she calls magic doors, where your apartment has five magic doors that open onto any neighbourhood in the world. I could never narrow it down. BUT, I do have a pretty awesome writing shed to put the magic doors in. (See attached photo.)
Last emoticon you used:
I RARELY use emoticons of any kind, but this morning we ran out of coffee. I sent this FB message to my husband. FB does not have mushroom cloud mushroom cloud skull, which is what I wanted, so I went with this. Somehow even though it’s less dramatic, it’s way more threatening. In my defense, we were out of coffee.
Hi! My name is Erin Bow -- physicist turned poet turned author of young adult novels that will make you cry on the bus. I'm a white girl, forty-something, feminist, geeky enough to do the Vulcan salute with both hands -- in public. I live in Canada. I love to cook, hate to clean, and yes, I do own a cat.
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Tour Schedule:Week 1:
9/14: Live to Read - Review
9/15: Such A Novel Idea - Q&A
9/19: Novel Ink - Q&A
9/23: A Backwards Story - Q&A