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Blog Tour: Guardians by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan


Launch Party Schedule:
March 24th Tuesday: Jean BookNerd GUEST POST 
March 25th Wednesday: Book Lover’s Life DREAM CAST
March 26th Thursday: TTC Books and More GUEST POST 
March 27th Friday: Word to Dreams EXCERPT 
March 28th Saturday: Bibliophilia, Please INTERVIEW 
March 29th Sunday: Taking it One Book at a Time REVIEW & RANDOM THINGS 
March 30th Monday: MichaelSciFan INTERVIEW 
March 31st Tuesday: A Dream Within a Dream REVIEW & TENS LIST 
April 1st Wednesday: CBY Book Club MUSIC PLAYLIST
April 2nd Thursday: A Leisure Moment REVIEW
April 3rd Friday: Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW & RANDOM THINGS 
April 4th Saturday: TMBA Corbett Tries to Write REVIEW & TENS LIST 
April 5th Sunday: Random Redheaded Ramblings REVIEW 
April 6th Monday: Sassy Book Lovers FAVORITE BOOKS 

Synopsis:
The Emmy Award-nominated and Edgar Award-winning duo of Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan deliver a heart-pounding finale to the postapocalyptic teen world of the Wasteland, filled with dramatic twists and turns. Bestselling author of Criminal, Karin Slaughter, called Wasteland "a Lord of the Flies for future generations. An irresistible page-turner." 
No one dares to leave the District—the towering structure of glass and steel that is their protection against the unruly bands of Outsiders that roam Mundreel and the deadly rain that carries the disease that kills all over the age of nineteen. 
This skyscraper stands amid the urban devastation, the city rumored to have once been called "Montreal." Esther and her allies have created a haven on the rooftop, a garden that flourishes, and a home for her new baby, hidden from all but the very few who know her secret. But as Gideon's power grows and factions form, the ultimate darkness is born from greed, and Esther must find a way to save the citizens from themselves. 


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
SUSAN KIM is a playwright, TV writer, and author. Her two graphic novels w/co-author Laurence Klavan, “City of Spies” (artwork by Pascal Dizin) and “Brain Camp” (artwork by Faith Erin Hicks), were published by First Second Books in 2010. “Flow: the Cultural Story of Menstruation” (co-written w/Elissa Stein) was published by St. Martin’s Griffin in 2009. Plays include the stage adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (Dramatists Play Service) and various one-acts that were produced in the EST Marathon, including Death and the Maiden, Rapid Eye Movement,Dreamtime for Alice (Dramatists Play Service and Farrar Strauss), and Memento Mori (Smith and Krauss). Her work has been produced internationally. Ms. Kim has been nominated five times for the Emmy and four times for the Writers Guild award for her work in both non-fiction and children’s TV; she won a WGA award in 1996 for Best Documentary. She lives in New York City, teaches dramatic writing in the MFA program at Goddard College and currently blogs for the Huffington Post. 
LAURENCE KLAVAN wrote the novels, “The Cutting Room” and “The Shooting Script,” which were published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel, “Mrs. White,” co-written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, "City of Spies" and "Brain Camp," were co-written with Susan Kim and published by First Second Books at Macmillan. His short work has been published in The Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, The Literary Review, Gargoyle, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, Pank, Stickman Review, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, among many other journals, and a collection is forthcoming from Chizine Publications. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of "Bed and Sofa," the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theater in London in 2011. His one-act, "The Summer Sublet," is included Best American Short Plays 2000-2001. 


Ten List:
Things you would change about your high school years if:
Susan-
1. I wouldn’t be so snooty about gym and sports in general. I would try to participate at least a little and not spend all of my time standing on the sidelines, not paying attention, rolling my eyes, and saying what I thought were really hilarious things to my friends.
2. I would have tried out for the school plays. Even though I really wanted to act, I was way too shy and too scared of rejection… but what’s the worst that would have happened? Wow, I’ve been rejected so many, many times since then and while it’s never fun, you do get over it. Plus I actually think I might have been cast once or twice, which would have been fun.
3. I would have thrown away that stupid blue sweatshirt I wore all the time because I was so self-conscious about my body.
4. I would have been more open to more people. Back then, I was too judgmental and thought 99% of the kids in my class were stupid, shallow, and mean. The truth was probably closer to, say, 20%; and I’m genuinely sorry I didn’t give the others a chance.
5. I wouldn’t have obsessed about my weight so much. Or my complexion. Or my hair. Jeesh… talk 

LAURENCE: I would:
1. Try to learn something, instead of acting like I know everything already.
2. Work harder at parallel parking, so I won’t fail my driver’s test the first time.
I wouldn’t:
3. Go out for more school plays, instead of letting my (twin) brother do it.
4. Smoke (a little bit, at night, after my parents were asleep).
5. Be so snarky, interviewing people for the local newspaper.

My Review:
I did not read the first two books in the series, but i did not let that stop me from reading this last book without reading the first two. However I felt like I was missing something, so I had to go online to get a quick back story and character descriptions. After that I was able to get back into the story with no problem. I enjoyed the dystopian world created and thought it was well developed. The characters were okay the only one I thought was well developed was the main girl Esther, the other characters felt like they were lacking in realistically. I found the plot fast paced and rousing and it came to a nice conclusion for the series. I plan on reading the first two books in the series after reading this one because I enjoyed the book. I would recommend this book series to anyone who enjoys YA and/or dystopians.

My Rating:


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