Hello loves!! Welcome to my stop on the Extracted Blog Tour!! I am excited to share my review and an author interview with you!!
- Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
- Publication date: 11/12/2013
- Series: The Lost Imperials , #1
- Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
Welcome to the war.
The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.
The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens--their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.
Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.
When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.
Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.
As you all know, I am always worried when reading a book about time travel. It can get confusing and lose me pretty easily. If they get too much into the science aspect, I feel like I am back in school again. Luckily, this one didn't lose me... completely. There are two different methods of time travel in this, so there was a bit of confusion at some points. I was able to grasp it all eventually though, so it didn't ruin my enjoyment of this at all. It was also full of action which I loved. It was exciting and kept my attention. This is told from two different POV's, Lex and Ember. Though I didn't enjoy some of the characters, and was easily annoyed at times, I did fall easily into the story and felt that I was engaged in the story. I was looking forward to the outcome and loved where it ended up.
Lex is who's POV we start with. He is on a mission to steal some plans from the past that will benefit his home base. He is part of the Hollows, a group of people who can travel through the time stream. Otherwise known as Rifters. He is tough and cocky. I did like him though. He is also very devoted, a great friend, and will do anything for those he cares about. Even if it means tearing apart time to do it. When he meets Ember, things take a turn and he questions everything he has ever known. Unfortunately, I don't think it made him stronger. In fact, I thought that it made him more emotional and distracted. He is still a great Rifter, but he lets his past and his possible future get the best of him a little. Though I don't think it made him stronger, I do think it made him more real. I tried to place myself in his shoes, and I don't know that I would do things any differently.
Ember is part of Tesla, The Hollows enemies. She is one chick I would not want to mess with. She could kick my butt through time no problem!! Under her toughness though, she is compassionate and sensitive. She is having dreams of what can only be her past and she seems to be unraveling. When she meets Lex, her memories come flooding back and it's quite emotional for her. She knows that she needs to find him even though he is supposed to be the enemy. He will never be an enemy to her. When she finds him, they go on some pretty insane missions and mess with the time stream to the point of possible destruction.
Now onto the time travel aspect. They are both from different sets of Rifters which travel through time in completely different ways. This is where I was confused at first, but really it's just different technologies. Tesla uses machine type tech with rings, arm cuffs, and ear pieces to converse with Tesla. The Hollows use Contra, a type of pill that can transport them to specific times and places. Neither was gone into in great detail, just enough for you to get the general idea of it. There is a lot more to it than that though, but I can't really say much more without ruining anything. Just that there paths were destined to cross at some point.
The action in this was awesome. It was keep you on the edge of your seat and make you feel the tension type action. We get the lulls in between things, but it is very much one thing after another, ensuring that you won't get bored with this. It had me turning pages until my eyes were heavy and I literally couldn't read more without falling asleep. Even if you aren't a fan of time travel, this book is quite an adventure. This was a fun and tension filled read that many will enjoy!!
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.
Now, onto my interview with both of the awesome authors of this book!!
Hello Tyler and Sherry!! Thanks so much for taking the time to do an interview with me!!
Sherry- Thanks for having us!
Tyler-You rock! Thanks for interviewing us.
First, why don't you tell us a little about yourselves. What made you start writing? Why you decided to write a book together? You know, all that interesting stuff. ;)
Sherry- Well, I’ve been writing for years. I started publishing in 2007. I’ve always been an avid reader, and I think writing was just a natural evolution of that. As for how we came to write together, I had an idea but knew I needed to bring Tyler on to write the male perspective. So I kidnapped him, threw him in a van, and plied him with Tasty Kakes until he agreed.
Tyler-One day I woke up in Colorado in a van down by the river and realized that the only ransom was to write a book. For real, I use my writing as a fun release. Until now, it has been a very time extensive hobby. I started writing in dental school so I wouldn’t worry about my state board exams. That was ten years ago. My first book was published in 2012.
Yum!! Tasty Kakes!! You could kidnap me and stuff me full of Tasty Kakes any time!! The Coconut Almond ones are fantastic!!
Time travel is a tricky genre. How do you write it without getting confused? Most importantly, making it so that the readers can follow it?
Sherry- I give our editors a lot of credit here. They were tireless making sure we had every turn plotted, every end tied. They were amazing. Tyler and I have a solid grasp on the how of things, but explaining it to a reader without getting lost in the minute details is tricky. The editors were awesome.
Tyler- I agree. The editors helped out immensely. I think for Sherry and I, we decided early on to come up with rules and stick to the rules for our book. Time travel can make sense if you don’t break the rules you have created for your book.
Did writing the book together make it harder or easier?
Sherry- I think, for me at least, it made it a great deal more fun. I’d say easier, but the nature of a sci-fi book is inherently tough for me. I’m not good with the tech-ish stuff. Lucky for me, Tyler is.
Tyler- The writing process was easier. We can bounce ideas off of each other and have a built in support system. Sherry is very good at cracking the whip. I realized that my weaknesses were Sherry’s strengths and vice versa. The difficult thing for us was making our brainstorming sessions work. I work all day and Sherry is a mother all night so we had to sacrifice a little. Thankfully we have wonderful spouses that support our crazy dreams.
This is told from dual POV's. Did you each write a different POV or did you work on both of theirs together?
Sherry- We each wrote a different POV. I wrote Ember and he wrote Lex. But then we would comb through each other’s work and tweak it. It was very much a collaboration.
Tyler- The cool thing is that we both wrote the book. It wasn’t like Sherry was my ghost writer and her name gets to go on the book. We both worked very hard to give to distinct voices but make the story flow seamlessly.
I loved the distinct voices each of the characters had. It was very well done!!
What type of research did you do for the novel?
Sherry- SO. Much. Research. I read a lot of books, downloaded a lot of maps and family trees. It was intense. It was by far the most research I’ve ever done on anything in my life.
Tyler- Sherry is very good at making sure the history makes sense. She really loves having legit back stories for each character. I looked at a lot of steampunk pictures and tried to make sure that anything I thought of wasn’t recycled.
Are you working on anything else at the moment? The sequel? Anything you would like to do in the future?
Sherry- We are working on editing book 2, PRODIGAL right now, and we each have individual projects in the works too. I’m currently shopping my new YA Suspense novel, Haunting Zoe.
Tyler- Pull up your bootstraps, we are in the middle of editing Prodigal, book 2 of the series. My agent John Rudolph has me working on Chemika 101, sci-fi young adult novel and also Highway to the Insectadrome, a middle grade sci-fi novel.
I am really excited for the sequel!! I can't wait to see what kinds of craziness they get up to in Prodigal!!
Any certain writing routines you have such as music, snacks, drinks or other things?
Sherry- I rely a lot on external stimulation, so music, scented candles, and sometimes props. Anything that feels like the story to me. And it changes from project to project. For Prodigal it’s been a lot of mellow tunes, Goo Goo Dolls and Lumineers, and this amazing incense that smells like wormwood. But it varies.
Tyler- I have no routine. I write when I can get time. Sometimes it’s in the middle of a football game or late at night. I usually have a diet coke with in arms reach.
Sweet or Salty? Sherry- Both. Tyler- Both I alternate them.
Ocean or Mountains? Sherry- Oceans. Tyler- Mountains
Day or Night? Sherry- Night. Tyler- Both
Ebooks or Physical books? Sherry- Physical. Tyler- Ebooks. I read books like changing the channel on TV. So compact like a Kindle is better.
Favorite season and why? Sherry- Autumn. Because…Halloween! Tyler- summer
Favorite food? Sherry- Depends on my mood. Moonpies are always a good bet. Tyler- I like cinnamon rolls.
Anything else you want to add?
Sherry- Yes. I’d like to add a big huge THANK YOU to all the readers and reviewers and bloggers who have been so amazing. We have a ton of really enthusiastic fans who have been with us since the cover reveal almost a year ago, long before EXTRACTED was even available. So thank you so much for all your support! We love you all!
Tyler- I agree with Sherry. Our readers and fans have been so supportive. Thank you to all at Spencer Hill Press that made Extracted what it is. My family has been wonderful. They let me fulfill my dreams.
Thank you both so much for doing this interview!! I loved reading your answers and I look forward to reading more from both of you, both together and separate!!a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Tyler H. Jolley is a sci-fi/fantasy author and full-time orthodontist, periodontist (see: Overachiever). He divides his spare time between writing, reading, mountain biking, and camping with his family.
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full-time writer and internet radio show host with more mouth then good sense. She has a serious book addiction, but continually refuses treatment, much to her husband’s chagrin.
Tyler and Sherry met one fateful day and bonded over their love for books, science fiction, and donuts. Their first co-written novel came shortly after. Now, they still do all those other things, but also go to various steampunk conventions and events under the guise of ‘research’. They can often be found lurking on the Lost Imperials Facebook page or over on the official website, www.thelostimperials.com.
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