About the book:
The Pearl Wars by Nick James (Skyship Academy #1)
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult
Publication Date: 9.08.2011
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A devastated Earth’s last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space, and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers—political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth’s stratosphere—and the corrupt Surface government.
Jesse Fisher, a Skyship brat, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess. Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn’t know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.
Describe yourself in three words.
Oh man, I hate this kind of crap. I’d rather let my record speak for itself. If you asked the faculty at the Lodge, they’d probably say: loyal, driven, and competitive. There’s no use trying anything unless you can master it.
For those who don't know: What do you do?
I’m training to hunt Pearls. I live and work at the Lodge on the outskirts of Rochester, New York. It’s a dangerous job, but without them our cities wouldn't have any way to power the Bio-Nets that protect them from the conditions of the Fringes outside.
What is the most important thing The Department of Energy Acquisition has taught you?
Discipline, definitely. You see the world in a different way working here. The Skyshippers don’t understand order. I hear it’s complete chaos up there. That’s no way to run a nation.
What is the most difficult part of being a Pearlhound?
Most of the guys would tell you Skyship, but I don’t mind running into them so much. I know how to handle them. It’s the Fringers. Nobody knows exactly what to do with them. I mean, they live on the Surface like us. They’re not the enemy, necessarily. They’re just a nuisance. And taking one out could mean trouble. Political stuff.
What were you feeling when you visited Skyship Atlas for the first time?
You know, part of me was curious. I’m always curious about what goes on up there. But I’ve got to admit the thought of crossing the Skyline made me nervous. Few things on the Surface spook me, but up there it’s a whole different world. The rules of the Surface don’t apply anymore. Plus, Atlas is the hotbed of their entire government. It’s like walking right into the hive, face to face with the queen bee. I don’t like that, especially if I think something’s being hidden from me. That whole day was a little off.
What is your greatest fear?
I prefer not to talk about fear. Fear doesn’t get you anywhere.
Be honest--what's the most infuriating thing about Jesse?
He thinks too much. He’s in his head all the time and that’s what gets you killed. There’s a time and a place for it, but worrying about every little thing is just stupid. By the time you’ve worked up the nerve to stick your neck out, the enemy’s going to run by and chop it off. Fisher doesn’t think like that. His kind of thinking’s too emotional.
Can you tell us a something no one else knows?
Being so close to Madame, I know a lot more about the inner workings of the Lodge than most students my age. I’ve actually seen the primary Pearl radar. She’s always telling me stuff about the President too, deep insider Unified Party information. I wouldn’t be able to tell you. She trusts me. If I were ever to step out of line, she’d never share these types of things with me again. Information’s key. And no one’s getting anything out of me.
Thanks for answering our questions, Cassius!
Win a copy of The Pearl Wars!
The Fringes are the harsh, mainly unexplored ares of Earth where those who rebelled against the government go to live. It is in these areas that the precious pearls are found.
As a special part of the tour, each tour stop will have a corresponding On The Fringes stop where you can learn more about the book, and gather coordinates that you can use to enter to win a copy of the book!
If you win, you will receive: a supplemented copy of the book with an exclusive note from the author, Skyship diagram, and bonus material!
There is one clue each day, and a total of 8 clues in all. Once you have found all 8 clues, head on over to Frenzy of Noise's blog on the last day to put them all together and enter.
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