Thursday, March 13, 2014

Beyond Our Stars Blog Tour By Marie Langager + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in the BEYOND OUR STARS Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Today we have a Guest Post by author , and a awesome Giveaway!

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Beyond Our Stars

Fleeing a destroyed Earth, seventeen-year-old orphan Hope grew up living in the confines of a spaceship heading to CR-3, a new home planet. She’s been kicking the steel walls for too long and ever since she broke her boyfriend’s heart, touchdown could mean open air and a fresh start. But no one expected the Locals.

Hope’s dreams of freedom turn into nightmares when the Locals trap the humans and mark groups for observation. At any moment she can be called into a holographic observation room for testing. Some days she’s drowning in a strange dark ocean, some days she’s locked up without food, and all with the one boy she can’t seem to forget.

As the Locals study Hope, she studies them. She wants to believe the tall grey creatures could be peaceful, but as the simulations become more dangerous, Hope is about to become the human race’s last chance for survival.

What about this science-fiction BEYOND OUR STARS is unique enough to appeal to readers?

I wanted a novel that was different, with a “human invasion of an alien planet” set-up. My main character, a seventeen-year-old girl named Hope, comes up with very unusual solutions. This teenage girl is the one leading communication efforts with the alien Locals.

As the author I let the character I had created talk. I was surprised on several occasions by what Hope thought was a good idea. This novel is comprised of a series of sessions that take place in the Stacks, holographic simulation rooms that can be deadly. The sessions are controlled by the alien race. I tried to let Hope interpret the sessions as she would, even though as the author I knew some of her interpretations were wrong.

I think that in fantasy sci-fi you have more freedom to experiment. What would happen if we were unprepared to go out into space, to find a new home? If the ships were scrapped together fairly quickly out of necessity, how would a seventeen-year-old-girl see them, how would the teens on the ship use them as a playground, for sport? Also, I grew up on Star Wars and Star Trek type aliens, so I had fun creating my own, with a backstory for them.

The pacing of this novel is meant to be fast. And Hope only gets one day to get to know the area of the planet near her ship before she’s cut off from anything but the landing site and a view of the sky. Hope and the rest of Earth’s survivors are trapped by the Locals.

The story oscillates between the landing site and the Stacks, with Hope and other specimens forced into simulations. Her world becomes a mix of the real and the artificial. This is a recurrent theme in the book. She watches people behave as their true selves and also sees their “acts,” their artificial behavior used for their own devices.

This theme of real versus artificial is in many elements of the story, even in things about the planet that are artificial but engineered to appear natural. Hope finds both beauty and destruction in the Stacks, the real and the artificial in people, and she questions right and wrong. I wanted there to be interplay between these concepts throughout the story.

Tour Wide Giveaway
Open internationally
~~Amazon $50 gift card~~


Marie Langager lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon with her husband and son. She has a B.A. in English. She’s certain that many new adventures await us beyond our stars.

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  1. This sounds like such a fascinating story! The whole real versus artificial sounds interesting! And I do find that sci fi books in general gives us unique and creative stories and you can really get your imagination going!

  2. I think the fact that the roles are 'reversed' and humans are the ones in danger because of the tests being done to them. Makes for an intriguing story.. definitely something I would read :)

  3. Sounds interesting. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  5. Love the cover looks awesome book looks great to.

  6. Thank you for the amazing giveaway :D

  7. Thanks for sharing! The book sounds awesome; added to my TBR (:

  8. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. This sounds great!

  9. It sounds fabulous - and unique. I can't wait to read it; thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  10. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.



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