Tuesday, March 5, 2013

When the Silence Ends Blog tour: A world transformed by science and genetics

Today, as part of the When the Silence Ends blog tour, I’ve got author Jade Kerrion stopping by on the blog. When she first approached me to be a book of the book tour, I knew next to nothing about When the Silence Ends.

When I read up about the book, and because I’m a huge fan of dystopian books, I became rather intrigued with the premise of the novel. The concept behind the book is quite unique and is something I haven’t really seen fully explored in YA sci-fi before.

Of course, I couldn’t help but become curious about the book world and settings for this novel that Jade has created, and as such, asked her to give us a little background info on the landscape in which her characters find themselves.

Before we kick off with her guest post, here’s some more information about her book. 

About When the Silence Ends

When you choose your friends, you also choose your enemies.

Seventeen-year old Dee wants nothing more than to help her twin brother, Dum (If you’re wondering about the rather odd, but possibly familiar names, just think of Alice in Wonderland), break free from the trauma in their childhood and speak again, but the only person who can help Dum is the alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, whom the U.S. government considers a terrorist and traitor.

The search for Danyael will lead Dee and Dum from the sheltered protection of the Mutant Affairs Council and into the violent, gang-controlled heart of Anacostia.

Ensnared by Danyael’s complicated network of friends and enemies, Dee makes her stand in a political and social war that she is ill equipped to fight.

What can one human, armed only with her wits and pepper spray, do against the super-powered mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution?

America, nevertheless, is ripe for transformation. Exhausted by decades of belligerence between humans and their genetic derivatives—the clones, in vitros, and mutants—society is on the verge of falling apart or growing up.

Dee, with her sassy attitude and smart mouth, is the unwitting pebble that starts the avalanche of change. In her quest to help her brother become normal, Dee will finally learn what it means to be extraordinary.

When the Silence Ends is the Young Adult spinoff in the award-winning Double Helix series and can be read as a standalone novel.

Add When the Silence Ends to your Goodreads TBR.

Guest post: Humans in the world of the Double Helix

My YA novel, When the Silence Ends, is set in an Earth transformed by the Genetic Revolution.

It’s an Earth you’d recognize. People drive cars and use tablets and cell phones. Washington D.C. is still where it is, and it’s still the capital of a thriving, prosperous, and democratic nation.

The only real difference is that humans exist alongside their derivatives—the clones, in vitros, and mutants.

Some people find the juxtaposition of such extreme advances in science and genetics odd against what is essentially a “contemporary” Earth.

Why didn’t I set the novel in Earth’s distance future?

The answer, quite simply, is that the extreme advances in science and genetics are happening today.

Let’s test your knowledge of bioengineering. Which of the following is true?

  1. We used genetic engineering to create hybrid creatures, like the goat-sheep, and the camel-llama.

  2. We used genetic engineering to transfer bioluminescent genes from coral and deep-sea jellyfish to create glow-in-the-dark mice, cats, dogs, pigs, and monkeys.

  3. We cloned animals, including sheep, dogs, and horses.

  4. We used genetic engineering to create animals that excrete pharmaceutical products in their milk and other bodily fluids.

  5. We used genetic engineering to preserve endangered species, creating animals that possess the nuclear DNA of the endangered species, and the mitochondrial DNA of the host species…in effect, a genetic hybrid.

  6. We created bug-bots by implanting wires in the central nervous system of insects, and we can now control their movements, including flight.

  7. We created organic robots by implanting wires in the central nervous system of rats, and we can now control what they do.

  8. We wired a monkey to control a third artificial arm entirely through its brain waves.

  9. We genetically engineered rats with pliable skin in order to grow human organs (e.g., ear) under their skin for eventual transplant to a human.

  10. We used organic computer chips made out of rat neurons to control a flight simulator.

  11. We isolated a brain of a lamprey eel and placed it in a nutrient medium, surrounded by electrodes. The living, intact brain controls a machine that moves toward the light (in much the same way a lamprey eel moves toward the light).

  12. We used a DNA synthesizer to create an artificial organic cell. (Isn’t that an oxymoron?) The computer is its parent.
If you answered “Yes” to all of these, you are right. All of these are true. In this article, George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard University says, “The cheap human genome was supposed to arrive 50 years from now.

It arrived this year (2012.)” S
cience fiction is now science fact.

Today, we possess an unprecedented control over bioengineering, an area that remains largely unregulated by governments. 

The Genetic Revolution is advancing faster than you think, and it would not be a far stretch to imagine a world that still looks much like ours does today, but where humans exist alongside clones, in vitros, and mutants.

Thanks for stopping by Jade!
 
About Jade:
Jade Kerrion, an award-winning author, got her start in fan fiction.

She developed a loyal reader base with her fan fiction series based on the MMORPG Guild Wars.

She was accused of keeping her readers up at night, distracting them from work, housework, homework, and (far worse), from actually playing Guild Wars.

And then she wondered why just screw up the time management skills of gamers? Why not aspire to screw everyone else up too?

So here she is, writing books that aspire to keep you from doing anything else useful with your time.

She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her wonderfully supportive husband and her two young sons, Saint and Angel, (no, those aren't their real names, but they are like saints and angels, except when they're not)

Buy Links (e-book versions)
When the Silence Ends: Amazon / Amazon UK

Buy Links (paperbacks)
When the Silence Ends: Amazon / Amazon UK

Where you can find Jade:
On Goodreads
Her website
Follow her on Twitter

2 comments:

Jade Kerrion said...

Thank you so much for hosting my blog tour. I really appreciate it!

Wendy Darling said...

I have to admit, the name "Dum" gave me pause (sorry, can't help it), but the author's bioengineering checklist piqued my interest! Sounds like an interesting read, thanks for featuring this book--I hadn't heard of it until now.

Wendy @ The Midnight Garden