Justice Buried By Hilary Thompson Blog Tour + Giveaway
Welcome to my stop in the JUSTICE BURIED Blog Tour hosted by Itching For Books. Today we have a Guest Post & a awesome Tour-Wide Giveaway!
Justice Buried Hilary Thompson Genres: YA, Dystopian, Sci-f Published: January 15th, 2014
The people need Justice, but she's not listening. One hundred years
before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the
community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied
maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates.
Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a
believer. Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her
family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming
but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to
trust Lexan - until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and
one he already knew he did.
As betrayal closes every door,
Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a
handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to
create her own destiny.
Justice Buried (Starbrightseries), the main character Astrea lives in
the underground community of Asphodel. One hundred years before the book
begins, Asphodel was formed from scratch: First Leader Lakessa used the
zodiac as a religion and a base for laws, customs, and traditions. Each
sign is matched with only two others for marriage purposes, and each
sign has a narrow list of occupations.
categories were created from the characteristics of each sign…how does
your life match the laws of Asphodel? Please note - these are not meant
to be perfect! Part of the book’s plot and theme is the characters
realizing how imperfect their own system is. It is a dystopia, after
Vocation Matches (occupation) Fire signs: leadership and protection Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Earth signs: organization and structure Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Air signs: thinking and reasoning Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Water signs: emotions and guidance Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Leaders: includes government, school, and organization leaders
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Protectors: includes soldiers, legal managers, and trainers
Teachers: includes children's education, ministers, counselors
Gemini: children's education Libra: minister Aquarius: counselor Cancer: counselor Scorpio: children's education Pisces: minister
Entertainers: includes artists, musicians, storytellers
Cancer: musician Scorpio: artist Pisces: storyteller Gemini: artist Libra: storyteller Aquarius: musician
Producers: includes growers, cooks, manufacturers Taurus: cook Virgo: manufacturer Capricorn: grower Cancer: grower Scorpio: manufacturer Pisces: cook Givers: includes medical caregiver, public service worker, cleaner Taurus: public service worker Virgo: cleaner Capricorn: medical caregiver Aries: medical caregiver Leo: public service worker Sagittarius: cleaner
a woman becomes pregnant, no due date is issued. It is forbidden to
plan pregnancies or force early births - doing so would result in a
child born under the wrong sign, and would be an affront to the gods.
the child is born, their future is determined by their sign. At age
three, they receive a tattoo of their sign’s constellation on their
temple. At age eleven, children undergo the Initiation Ceremony, where
these tattoos are covered with implants - silver balls for most, diamond
studs for those born on either the Spring or Autumn Equinox. This is
very rare, and links directly to the prophecy.
prophecy itself was made by First Leader Lakessa’s partner Charles - one
hundred years before the book begins. The community of Asphodel must
wait underground in their sealed cave until two children are born - a
girl on the Spring Equinox, and a boy on the Autumn Equinox of the same
year. When those children come of age, they will be partnered and
Asphodel will be free to rise up into the land of sun and sky once
There is much mythology surrounding the
prophecy - who these children really are and what their true purpose and
powers are. But I’ll let you read the book for those bits: part of the
pleasure of reading is figuring out the mystery as the characters do,
and I would never ruin that for you!
One last warning,
though - the trouble with prophecies is that they are easy to
misinterpret, and their secrets are never finite.
Hilary Thompson is an independently-published author who released her
debut Young Adult novel, Justice Buried, in January, 2014. Justice
Buried is the first in a dystopian fantasy series incorporating
mythology and astrology, with the second full-length title due later in
She also teaches high school English, which gives her some
insight into her target audience, and helps her maintain a thick skin.