Feb 7, 2012

YA Wednesday: Tankborn

     Karen Sandler, author of the YA dystopian story Tankborn is going to be presenting with editor Stacy Whitman (Tu/Lee & Low Books) tonight in Rick's publishing class at BYU! You can come too if you want! It's open to everyone --Tanner Bldg, room 251, from 5:10 - 7:40 pm. If you come, find me and say hello! (I don't know what I'll be wearing yet...but it will include a skirt --it always includes a skirt!).
     Karen and Stacy will also be at the "Life, the Universe, & Everything" symposium this Thursday (tomorrow!) through Saturday at the Utah Valley University Sorensen Student Center! (see this previous post for more info. on the symposium.)
     Karen Sandler has also authored a slew of romance novels and a middle-grade, kindle eBook called Timewrecked. And guess what? She is also a screen writer! Tankborn actually started as a movie script!
(Amazon link)

     Best friends Kayla and Mishalla know they will be separated when the time comes for their Assignments. They are GENs, Genetically Engineered Non-humans, and in their strict caste system, GENs are at the bottom rung of society. High-status trueborns and working-class lowborns, born naturally of a mother, are free to choose their own lives. But GENs are gestated in a tank, sequestered in slums, and sent to work as slaves as soon as they reach age fifteen.
     When Kayla is Assigned to care for Zul Manel, the patriarch of a trueborn family, she finds a host of secrets and surprises—not least of which is her unexpected friendship with Zul's great-grandson. Meanwhile, the children that Mishalla is Assigned to care for are being stolen in the middle of the night. With the help of an intriguing lowborn boy, Mishalla begins to suspect that something horrible is happening to them.
     After weeks of toiling in their Assignments, mystifying circumstances enable Kayla and Mishalla to reunite. Together they hatch a plan with their new friends to save the children who are disappearing. Yet can GENs really trust humans? Both girls must put their lives and hearts at risk to crack open a sinister conspiracy, one that may reveal secrets no one is ready to face.

Check out the official Tankborn website where you will find images of the unique flora and fauna in Tankborn along with detailed maps, and where you can read the first 4 chapters as well as a special short story!
Okay, so I haven't read this book yet, but it keeps catching my eye (aren't those colors amazing?) and I love dystopian stories. But I'm finally going to purchase Tankborn today or tomorrow so I can get it signed! Hooray for author events!

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