Monday, May 4, 2015

Blog Tour: The Fearless

Today I'm thrilled to welcome author Emma Pass to the blog as part of the promotional tour for her newest release, The Fearless. Emma has created a horrifyingly fascinating world in this YA dystopian tale, one where a serum turns men into monsters and makes each day a battle to stay alive. As a way to introduce you to her world, I asked Emma to put together a syllabus for a class protagonist Cass might teach on how to survive against the Fearless. I hope you guys add this one to your lists, and don't forget to check the bottom of the post for the full list of participating blogs!

Hope Island Survival 101 

Survival Skills and Defence Against the Fearless – an Introduction

Class location:
School building at the back of the Exchange 
Class Meeting time:
9am – 12pm every Monday and Wednesday except for the last session which will take all day.

Cassandra Hollencroft

I. Rationale: 
The Fearless are a ruthless and dangerous enemy. In order to survive in the world as it is today, you will need to learn how to survive and defend yourself. This class will teach you basic survival skills such as how to find food and shelter, and basic first aid. It will also teach you about the Fearless, how to avoid them, and how to defend yourself in the event of a confrontation.

II. Course Aims and Outcomes: 
A better understanding of the threat posed by the Fearless.
A better understanding of basic survival skills.

Specific Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students will:
Be able to defend themselves against attacks from the Fearless.
Be able to construct a basic shelter.
Be able to forage and hunt for food.
Have a basic understanding of weapons such as knives and guns.

III. Format:
These classes will consist of a combination of theory and practical exercises. Please make sure you wear sturdy clothing and footwear. All materials will be provided.

Class Schedule (May change to accommodate student needs):
April 13
A history of the Fearless and the Invasion
  • Students to discuss key points that led to the worldwide collapse of society.
April 15
What is a Fearless?
How to recognise them.
  • Students to memorise 5 features of the Fearless.
  • Students to discuss the specific problems when confronting the Fearless.
April 20
Weapons theory
  • Types of guns, knives and other weapons and how they are used. 
April 22
Weapons Practise and self defence (I)
  • Practical training exercises.
April 27
Weapons practise and self defence (II)
  • Practical training exercises.
April 29
  • How to make and maintain a simple shelter.
May 4
  • Foraging and hunting for food. How to recognise poisonous plants.
May 6
First Aid
  • What to do if someone is ill or injured. The practical use of medicinal plants.
May 11
Clothing and footwear
  • How to make and maintain basic clothing and footwear.
May 13
  • Assessment of skills learned (9am – 4pm)

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For fans of The Hunger Games, Matched, Divergent, and The Fifth Wave, this fast-paced futuristic thriller tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cass and her fight to protect her younger brother from an unimaginably terrifying enemy.

The Deadliest Enemy feels no fear.

When the Fearless invaded, they injected everyone in their path with the same serum that stripped them of humanity.

Life became a waking nightmare.

Cass has the invasion seared in her memory. Seven years later, she and her brother, Jori, are living on Hope Island in a community of survivors. No one can enter, and no one can leave.

It's the only way to stay safe.

But when Hope Island's security is breeched and Jori is taken by the Fearless, Cass will risk everything to get him back.

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Emma Pass grew up at an environmental studies centre near London, went to art school in Cornwall and now lives in the north-east Midlands, UK. Her YA dystopian thriller ACID is out from Random House Children's Books on 25th April 2013 (UK), Mondadori on 13th June 2013 (Spain) and Delacorte on 1st April 2014 (US). Another standalone thriller, The Fearless, will follow in the UK in 2014.

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Be sure and follow along for more interviews, reviews and special content!

4/20 - Addicted Readers – Interview
4/21 - My Book Muse – Review and Signed Giveaway
4/22 - Xpresso Reads – Playlist Post
4/23 - A Dream Within A Dream – Review and Signed Giveaway
4/24 - Chapter by Chapter – Review and Top Favs Interview
4/27 - Pandora’s Books – Interview
4/28 - The Irish Banana – Guest Post
4/29 - SciFi – Guest Post
4/30 - Dark Faerie Tales – Review and Dream Character Casting
5/1 - Mundie Moms - Guest Post
5/4 - Supernatural Snark – Guest Post
5/5 – Ex Libris – Guest Post
5/6 – Step Into Fiction – Review and Signed Giveaway
5/7 – IceyBooks – Quote Candy
5/8 - A Life Bound By Books – Interview


  1. How come that I haven't heard of something this interesting and exciting! I need to catch up. I love that Hope Island Survival, that's really educational. Thanks for sharing this, Jenny :)

  2. I would fail at these courses, particularly the physical training ones!
    I wasn't the biggest fan of the author's previous book, but this sounds interesting.
    Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

  3. This was a fun read with the zombie like monsters. I can't wait to see where book two will take the storyline.

  4. Compared to this, I teach such boring classes! I could take a lesson or two from Emma and Cass on how to write an interesting syllabus. Mine seem so dry in comparison. We hardly fight any monsters. :)
    I've heard many fabulous things about this book and it's most definitely on my list.

  5. This is not a course I would pass, but I love the sound of Fearless! I'm very curious and have this one my tbr list. Thanks for the great post, Jenny :)

  6. Welcome back Jenny. Hope you had a fabulous trip. This sounds like an intense series, I am up for the challenge. Hand one over!

  7. Oooooh, what an awesome guest post for a blog tour! I loved The Fearless and I'm still awaiting a "hopefully" sequel!!

    Welcome back from your trip Jenny! I do hope you had a blast and will share some photos of the Emerald Island!!

  8. I would love to take this class, though I would probably be awful at it, looking at the syllabus. :-) Thanks for sharing, this is so fun!

  9. Oh this looks very interesting. I would totally suck at this school, but reading about it... I can do that. LOL

  10. I really enjoyed this book!

  11. This sounds like an excellent class for any world ending event! I would so be down for attending! I've always wanted to know how to differentiate between poisonous and non-poisonous plants, but I love any survival tips. The Fearless sound like a different form of zombies and very terrifying! I'll have to check this out. Great post here, ladies! :)

  12. A very grabbing post, which tells me that the school I went to was really boring :) Thank you for introducing me to this one, I would've missed it otherwise!

  13. I would like to think that in situations such as these I would be able to survive. Also, this book looks pretty good! I want to see some more reviews first, but I like the sound of it.