(The Union Series, #5)
Publication date: February 25th 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
After the Union is invaded by the Uprising, life for Evan and her friends becomes even more dire. If they have any hopes of saving the world they know, they’re going to need help. And it looks like there may be someone already out there trying to accomplish the same thing.
Now living in an encampment in the Ruins, life is hard for most Unis in the Resistance. For Cyrus and the other Ruins survivors, it’s just more of the same.
While they train for their ultimate mission, tragedy strikes, upending everything once again. Complicating their plans, someone in their midst is working against them. Evan, Cyrus, and the rest of the Resistance need to locate reinforcements to help them bring down the Uprising while rooting out the traitor. With trust at an all-time low, no one is above suspicion as danger walks among them.
“I see you love Comic Cons. How has attending these Cons helped you with writing your series? Is there anyone in particular at these Cons you have discussed bookish stuff with that has helped you?” – rec 350+ words
Comic-Con is the king of all cons and I happen to be fortunate enough to live in San Diego. Even so, getting tickets to this prized event is tougher than having a tooth extracted without Novocain. I’ve still managed to get inside and hob nob with my fellow nerds. The last time I was on the convention floor, I was less than five feet from Stan Lee only months before he passed away.
In the years I don’t have passes, we still attend the outside experience. There is a lot to see and do for the sad pass-less people, from television and movie-themed exhibits, to scavenger hunts, and set walkthroughs. In 2019, they had the set from Brooklyn Nine-Nine and in 2018, it was Elinore’s house from The Good Place. There used to be panels at the ballpark you could attend even without at pass, but those have been sadly absent in the past few years. Even so, without being able to get into the convention center itself, you can surround yourself with throngs of people dressed like their favorite characters, partake in a variety of interactive exhibits, and win prizes, all while getting a minimum of 20,000 steps in.
Numerous authors hang out on the outside, handing out bookmarks or postcards featuring their latest releases. I’ve found more than a few good reads this way. And while the Comic-Con experience had nothing to do with The Union series, it inspired me to write SUPERHERO HIGH, about the teenage offspring of the nation’s superheroes who are all relocated to San Diego when the government’s Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program ends. I wrote a scene where they all attempt to attend Comic-Con, not realizing they needed passes and lamenting about how wannabe superheroes can get inside, while they are forced to remain outside with the unenhanced riffraff.
Comic-Con is overwhelming. And that’s an understatement. It’s bodies, and merch, and panels and lots and lots of long lines to wait in, never knowing if you’ll get into the panel you’re waiting for. Which is why, no matter how exciting it is, I find more inspiration at the smaller cons. I have attended Geek Girl Con in Seattle with my daughter a few times. This much scaled-back con is still attended by the nerdiest of nerds who love all things pop culture, but from a kick-ass female perspective. I was able to get into all the panels I wanted without much of a wait.
My favorite panel was a group of teen authors discussing their love of writing and reading from their works. These talented kids inspired me in ways I never anticipated. I found myself talking with them long after the panel ended about our shared passion of reading and writing. The speakers at the smaller cons are easier to talk to than the big ones. And for that, I highly recommend people who are con-minded to seek these out.
But just like there is only one Super Bowl, there is only one Comic-Con, so if you ever have the chance to attend, take it. Just for the all-consuming experience.
With flawed strong characters, characters you can relate to, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart writes the kind of books she wants to read. She is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, and her second book ever published, The Forgotten Child, is no exception. With close to 900 reviews on Amazon, translated into German and French, this book was such a hit that the long running Friessen Family series was born. Now with over sixty titles and multiple series under her belt her big family romance series are loved by fans worldwide. A recipient of the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Readers' Favorite Award for Suspense and Romance, Lorhainne lives on the sunny west-coast Gulf Island of Salt Spring Island, is the mother of three, her oldest has autism and she is an advocate for never giving up on your dreams.
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