Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wasteland Blog Tour: Meet Caleb + A Giveaway


This week is the second and final week of the promotional blog tour for Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan's YA post-apocalyptic novel Wasteland, and I'm thrilled to share a few tidbits about hero Caleb as well as a short excerpt to tease and entice you. Be sure and check the bottom of the post for the full list of participating blogs as they each feature a fun guest post, interview, or excerpt that you won't want to miss!

MEET CALEB

Caleb is lean with a strong jaw and hazel eyes. When we first meet him, he is an expert at weaponry and obsessed with hunting down and killing variants, an outcast people he calls “mutants” and whom he blames for a tragedy in his past. As the story progresses—and as he gets to know the girl called Esther—he becomes more humanized, tender, and fair.

"[It] was as if he was aflame, burning with a righteous fever that would not be satisfied until each mutant was hunted down, one by one, and made to suffer. A bloodlust was upon him. He took off in pursuit and now felt the gladfire in his legs; the mutant, a fast runner with a good head start, glanced back and the shock on his face was obvious. Caleb was nearly upon him.”

* Caleb sounds rather badass. I'm a fan already! *

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WASTELAND


Welcome to the Wasteland. Where all the adults are long gone, and now no one lives past the age of nineteen. Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan’s post-apocalyptic debut is the first of a trilogy in which everyone is forced to live under the looming threat of rampant disease and brutal attacks by the Variants —- hermaphroditic outcasts that live on the outskirts of Prin. Esther thinks there’s more to life than toiling at harvesting, gleaning, and excavating, day after day under the relentless sun, just hoping to make it to the next day. But then Caleb, a mysterious stranger, arrives in town, and Esther begins to question who she can trust. As shady pasts unravel into the present and new romances develop, Caleb and Esther realize that they must team together to fight for their lives and for the freedom of Prin.



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BLOG TOUR

Monday, March 25thSciFi Chick – guest post
Tuesday, March 26thThe Irish Banana – author interview
Wednesday, March 27thIB BookBlogging - character profile/excerpt
Thursday, March 28thThe Nocturnal Library – guest post
Friday March 29thCandace’s BookBlog – author interview

Monday, April 1stThe Book Swarm – this or that list
Tuesday, April 2ndSupernatural Snark – character profile/excerpt
Wednesday, April 3rdAlison Can Read – author interview
Thursday, April 4th – Bewitched Bookworms – guest post
Friday, April 5thAlice Marvels – guest post

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GIVEAWAY

Thanks to HarperTeen, three winners will each receive a copy of WASTELAND. To enter, please just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Please note this form is the same for each of the participating blogs, so if you've entered at one of their stops, the form will prevent you from entering again. Giveaway is open to US residents only, good luck everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

40 comments:

  1. I do wonder about this one...all over 19...why 19? And there are so many like this

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    1. I want to know the very same thing:)

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  2. Oh I've definitely recently gotten a review copy for this book, but I haven't picked it up yet. After reading that description of Caleb and that heart-pounding excerpt, I think I need to pick up my copy soon! Wasteland sounds like an exciting post-apocalyptic/dystopian that I'll fall in love with. Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

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    1. You're welcome, glad you enjoyed! I'm really looking forward to meeting Caleb too:)

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  3. Now hey there Caleb! *fixes hair - note I just got up* So I haven't read this book but hmm I'm somehow curious. I hope that the book is as good as it sounds. Thanks for introducing me Caleb Jenny! :)

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    1. Hehe. Caleb definitely sounds fixing-hair worthy:)

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  4. Dang! Everyone over 19? That is some serious consequence for reaching the ripe old age of 20 LOL :)

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  5. You're right, Caleb does sound rather badass. I love when we get to watch a guy who is pretty hard around the edges soften up as he falls for the girl. There is just something so sweet about it, and everybody wants to be the girl to tame the wild beast right? Great introduction to Caleb, thanks for sharing!

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    1. ME TO JENNI! Watching the sharp edges soften is one of my very favorite things:)

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  6. Why does 20 seem so old now? *Scratches head* 19 does seem arbitrary. I guess I'll have to read and find out!

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    1. It does seem old. Which at 31 in turn makes me feel ancient:)

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  7. Oh yes this one looks right up my alley...;)

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  8. Thanks for sharing this Jennny,Caleb sounds badass.

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  9. I know not everyone that read this enjoyed it but I actually really did. I liked how different it was.

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  10. Oh I can't wait to see Caleb's change in character over the course of this book Jenny! I think you've convinced me to become a fan of him already too! Thanks for introducing us to Caleb! :)

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    1. ME EITHER! I'm really excited for him:)

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  11. Caleb does sound rather badass. ;) I can't wait to meet him properly! I wasn't too interested in this one at first, though I'm starting to change my mind. Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

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  12. I agree...Caleb does sound very passionate. And it's hard to go wrong with a strong jaw and hazel eyes.

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  13. I really liked Caleb. He is bad ass but has good reason, but yet he is also very kind hearted. He was a great character.

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    1. Oh yay, I'm so glad you were a fan Heidi! I'm definitely looking forward to meeting him:)

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  14. Ahh, I love it when a hero softenes after meating the heroine. I think I'd love to see Caleb's trasformation, mostly because, like Alison said, he does sound very passionate.

    Oh, and as for LaFEvers, I'd defintiely start with Grave Mercy. They are very connected. And I know you'll love both. <3

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    1. Thanks Maja, I really, really need to start that series. I don't know why it's taken me so long!

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  15. Caleb sounds like a great character!

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  16. *fans self!* ooo, I'm loving the sound of this Caleb! That description "a strong jaw and hazel eyes" has definitely gotten my attention ;) (I have a thing for hazel eyes!) And I absolutely adore when the badass guy meets a sweet girl and transforms into a gentler person.

    I want to read this book very very badly! Especially after reading that heart-pounding excerpt you've shared with us.

    Thank you so much for posting this, Jenny! If I was in the US I would definitely enter the giveaway too :D

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  17. I'm loving the way Caleb sounds... in the way he changes. Hm... I do think you need to pick me for the giveaway. LOL

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  18. From that description, I foresee a serious crush on Caleb happening. I love hazel eyes PLUS he's a badass hunter. *swoon* :-) Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I've heard a lot about this one lately and even though it sounds really similar to The Girl Who Owned the City, I think I'll give it a shot. Mostly because of Caleb! ;)

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  20. Oh, Caleb...you're so determined to kill 'em all! It's hard to think of teens as ruling the world (though they already think they do, without the whole apocalypse thing and all!).

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  21. How old is Caleb? Who takes care of the babies if everyone dies at 19? What is with all the fire on the cover or is that the sun? How was it co-writing the novel? Did you each write separate characters or do you meld your scenes together or pick who wrote it better?
    (You've probably answered these questions already on the other blogs, I just haven't visited all their posts yet).

    Heather

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  22. Caleb was my favorite character from the book. This was kind of a different story to me, but was pretty good overall.

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  23. I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!

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