I'm so excited to have the Revolution 19 Blog Tour stopping by today with my interview with author Gregg Rosenblum. And, Revolution 19 releases today!
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.
Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.
Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.
WS: What three words best describe REVOLUTION 19?
Exciting, fast-paced, adventure
WS: Can you give us your best one sentence pitch for REVOLUTION 19 that will convince readers that they must read it?
Revolution 19 is a YA dystopian sci-fi that will hopefully scare you and excite you and have you rooting hard for Nick, Cass, and Kevin—three siblings faced with the impossible task of sneaking into a robot-controlled city to rescue their parents.
WS: When writing REVOLUTION 19 did you draw any inspiration from other books or movies that deal with robots or dystopian and sci-fi settings in general?
Sure. It’s impossible to be my age and mention killer robots without thinking of the Terminator, of course…although honestly Revolution 19 is quite different. Some other books/movies that come to mind are Blade Runner (based on work by Philip K.Dick), I, Robot (the Asimov book, not the Will Smith movie), and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
WS: Grab a copy of REVOLUTION 19 and answer the following:
Chapter 28…Nick vs. the Lecturer
263…I had a lot of fun with the epilogue
Hmm…I feel like a parent asked to pick a favorite child…I’ll go with one of the minor characters, Doc, with whom I had lots of fun.
Flip to a random page and give a 1-2 sentence teaser:
Pg. 94…“Back storage room, now,” said the man. “Wait there for an hour, then leave through the back alley.” He smiled grimly and held out his hand to help Cass to her feet. “Some of us remember. We were all freemen once.”
WS: A robot revolution sounds terrifying to me...what is the scariest or last dystopian/sci-fi/apocalyptic setting or world that you'd want to find yourself in?
1984 by George Orwell…that one always scared the hell out of me, because it feels so plausible at the same time it’s so horrific…
WS: What's the last awesome book that you read?
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
WS: Random Favorites:
Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food frozen yogurt
Superpower you'd love to have?
Fictional character (from any book or movie or tv show)?
Place to write?
In the shower. Okay, I don’t actually write there, but that’s where I get all my ideas.
Nonsensical word or expletive?
WS: If you were to create and bake a cupcake inspired by REVOLUTION 19 what would it taste and look like, and what would you call it?
The Great Chocolate Intervention—chocolate cake with a seam of caramel baked in, and the words “Peace, Prosperity, Protection” on top in vanilla frosting. And it would be vegan, because my daughter is allergic to eggs.
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Gregg Rosenblum works at Harvard, where he wages epic battles against technology as an editor/webmaster/communications/quasi-IT guy. He graduated from UC San Diego and has an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He lives in Boston with his wife and daughter.