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World of Shell and Bone: Guest Post and Giveaway!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Where did the idea for World of Shell and Bone come from?

Like most writers I know, I get my ideas when I’m really inspired by something I see or read. For World of Shell and Bone, it happened to be both.

The first thing that started the idea bubbling away in my brain was an excellent movie called TiMER. It’s an indie movie that deals with a futuristic world where people get implanted with a timer that counts down the days till they meet their soul mate. It’s supposed to make life easier, knowing when you’ll meet The One, and who exactly it is. There’s no divorce and supposedly no broken hearts.

The second thing that got me on the road to writing World of Shell and Bone was the book The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (who just happens to be one of my favorite writers of all time). Early readers of World of Shell and Bone have commented on the similarities of the “feel” of the two books, and I can’t tell you how deliriously happy that makes me. Atwood raised some important questions in her story: what happens if all power is taken away from females? What is reproduction is the only “point” of society? I decided to spin my own tale about those concepts.

Ultimately, World of Shell and Bone was such a fun book to write, and it really took on a life of its own as I went through the process of getting down the first draft. It’s given me such pleasure—I just hope my readers feel the same way. :)

Adriana lives and writes in beautiful Charleston, SC. A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, she enjoys alternately hitting up the historic graveyards and outlet malls. World of Shell and Bone is her first book.

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In a world ravaged by a nuclear holocaust, Vika Cannon knows there are no guarantees: no guarantees of safety, no guarantees that your neighbor is not actually a spy for the government, and no guarantees you’ll be allowed to emigrate to a new life in Asia.

New Amana is dying. Food and water are scarce, and people suffering from radiation-caused mutations—the Nukeheads—are the new class of homeless. 

Vika has just one purpose: to produce healthy progeny using a Husband assigned by the Match Clinic. Unhealthy children are carted away to Asylums to be experimented on, just as Vika’s little sister Ceres was, eight years ago. Parents incapable of producing healthy progeny are put to death in gas chambers.
When she’s assigned a Husband shortly after her twentieth birthday, Vika expects him to be complacent and obedient. But Shale Underwood has a secret. He is a member of the Radicals, the terrorist group intent on overthrowing the government. And Shale has information about Ceres.

As she learns more about the Rads’s plan, Vika finds herself drawn to Shale in ways she’d never imagined. When freedom calls in the way of a healthy pregnancy, will she betray her government and risk death for Shale and Ceres? 


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  1. Anonymous said...:

    I loved The Handmaid's Tale, so if this is anything like that, I'll need to check it out. I'm also a sucker for dystopian fiction, so the synopsis sounds really appealing :)


  1. I adored The Handmaiden's Tale so this sounds really interesting!

  1. Thank you, Kirsten and illflyawayoneday! :D Margaret Atwood is my ultimate writing idol, so I know what you mean about The Handmaid's Tale! :D

  1. erin said...:

    sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  1. Unknown said...:

    I always love to read a debut novel and this being Adriana Ryan's first book is a must for my reading pleasure.

    anne.j2 (at)

  1. nrlymrtl said...:

    I really enjoy books that focus on a changed society that is about to undergo another upheaval. The idea of Husbands being assigned and expected to be complacent is interesting.

    I follow via email: nrlymrtl at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  1. Thanks, Erin, Anne, and Nrlymrtl! Good luck with the giveaway! :D

  1. Christine said...:

    This books sounds absolutely amazing--especially being a debut! The premise is very different and unique, and I love reading books that don't quite fit the 'standard' mold. Can't wait to read this one :D
    Thanks for the giveaway!!
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  1. Unknown said...:

    I want to read World of Shell and Bone because I love dystopian books. I think the premise is so unique and interesting. I love books like this one so I'm sure I'll love this one too.

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  1. I'm so excited to see so many readers entering--I wish you all the best!

  1. Everything about WORLD OF SHELL AND BONE, beginning with the title, grabs my attention. I love finding an author from their debut.


  1. Jenn said...:

    I really enjoy dystopians like The Handmaid's Tale. Everything is so realistic and has a realistic explanation of how it happened. Thanks for the giveaway!