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Interview: Veronica Roth Opens About Her New Book and Its So Captivating!

Eeekk! I am thrilled to announce the release of Veronica Roth new book The Fates Divide which is released this year on 10th April, as the sequel to Carve the Mark. I know we all have been waiting patiently for the release of this sequel and to know what the book unfolds. For all the Veronica Roth fans, I am sharing this exclusive interview of the best-seller writer, which is taken by the Hypable blog. But just be careful, this interview will make your carve for the book even more. More importantly, this interview is spoilers free. So take it easy and enjoy reading.1. While Carve the Mark was told from two different perspectives (as well as two different narrative voices), you diversified the storytelling in The Fates Divide even more. I found the addition of Eijeh’s voice to be the most interesting. Why did you choose to tell parts of The Fates Divide(including the opening chapter) from his perspective?Eijeh resolved one of the big problems I had in The Fates Divide, which is: how do you show things that are happening on the other side of the galaxy without having a bunch of characters standing around futuristic space TVs? Through his perspective, these big events become personal, which was a huge help, plot-wise! But he also offered the opportunity to get into some of the weirdness of currentgifts — how they are as much curses as gifts, how they change and shift and warp as a person goes through life.2. Out of everyone in the world that you created, I find Cisi’s current gift to be the most fascinating, especially the aspect where she can’t express what’s on her mind. How did her gift challenge your writing of her?You know, it wasn’t all that challenging, which I think is pretty telling. Cisi’s currentgift (the term “gift” in these books is a bit ironic, because often “currentgifts” are more curses than gifts) is essentially the exaggeration of what many women experience in the world. Women are socialized to make people comfortable — speak gently, apologize often, couch requests in soft language to make them sound less demanding—but that is often extremely limiting, essentially trapping women inside these unspoken rules so they can’t express themselves fully.I basically wrote Cisi from the place inside me that understands exactly what that feels like. I experience a great deal of privilege in this world, but even I know what it’s like to come up against people who try to shape me into something sweeter and kinder than I am. Cisi endures that but to a greater degree, because of her currentgift.3. Our heroes find refuge on Ogra early on in the novel. A lot of times, Ogra feels so foreign yet so familiar at the same time. Where did you get your inspiration for this colorful and dangerous planet?If you’ve ever seen Tron: Legacy you know where the basic idea of Ogra came from. Say what you like about the movie itself, but it is so fun to look at, with everything dark and glowy. Beyond that, though, I took a lot of inspiration from our world: actual carnivorous plants (venus fly traps, pitcher plants, drosera), and deep sea creatures. The episodes of Blue Planet and Blue Planet II that delve into the deepest parts of the ocean yield enough weird sci-fi looking creatures for a dozen sci-fi novels.I basically just wanted this mysterious place, that very few people in Cyra and Akos’s world have been to, to reveal dangerous and strange and beautiful things. And it’s particularly important to Akos’s character, because he’s trained as a fighter but he’s basically an aspiring botanist. Ogra is the perfect place for him.4. The book’s major twist comes about halfway through the novel. It not only affects the characters as individuals, but it also affects the way in which we perceive a few important fates. It also really differentiates this book from the first, especially in terms of the importance of the fates. How did this twist affect your storytelling (either before or after the twist)?It’s difficult to talk about without giving something away! But I’ll give it a try. I’ve had all this mapped out very carefully from the beginning of Carve the Mark, so the groundwork had been laid. How it affected my writing was basically by filling me with excitement as I got closer and closer to The Moment. And the tricky thing was finding emotional realism in the aftermath. (Is that vague enough for you? Hehe.)About the fates generally, though, what I like about them is that they seem so concrete to the characters, but they’re actually not, not necessarily. The way characters interpret them says more about the character than the fate itself.5. Which character was the easiest to write for this time? Which character was the most challenging?The easiest was Cyra. It made sense for her humor to come out a little more in this story, particularly in her banter with Teka, so that was really fun to write. And I also just understand her the best, I think.The hardest was Akos. He endured a great deal at the end of Carve the Mark, so figuring out how that would manifest emotionally, and how it would affect his actions moving forward, was difficult. Despite my struggle with my own mental illness—anxiety—I’ve never been depressed, so writing Akos in that state required a lot of research and thought and talking with beta readers. It was good work to do, but it was a challenge, to be sure.6. Were there any aspects of this world or Akos and Cyra’s story that you wanted to explore more but just couldn’t make work?Just one that I can think of—I really enjoyed Cyra and Akos combat training in Carve the Mark (what can I say, I love training sequences!), and I wanted to find a way for them to continue Akos’s education in The Fates Divide, but it just didn’t make sense for the story. So, no tropey training scenes that turn into makeouts, alas.7. Though the ending satisfies our need to know about what happened to all of the characters, it leaves the overarching planetary unrest relatively unresolved. Is this world one you’re hoping to return to in the future, or did you have other reasons to leave larger scale loose ends untied?My reason for leaving some large-scale loose ends untied is basically to give the appropriate respect to these kinds of conflicts. War divides nations, it devastates people and the ripple effects last for a long, long time. A peace treaty or an armistice doesn’t make everything okay again— sometimes it just establishes a short break before fighting breaks out again. So with the conflict I had set up, I knew I couldn’t resolve it at the end, that it might actually never “resolve” with finality.That said, I’d love to return to this universe someday. There is so much to explore there! But for now, I’m satisfied with how these characters’ stories wrapped up.[...]



Book Review: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

“Grief was what you owed the dead for the necessary crime of living on without them.”SynopsisIsma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.Then Eamonn enters the sisters’ lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to—or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz’s salvation? Suddenly, two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?Book ReviewThe book revolves around the believes and attitudes of the two Muslim British families and shows how they act towards the religion. The book is divided into five chapters, each one narrated by a different character. More importantly, it is the retelling of the Sophocles’ Theban Play, Antigone, which is an ancient Greek tragedy written before 441 BC. The book opens with Isma as she describes the issues she faces as a Muslim. The chapters become more intense and thrilling as the story proceeds. Identity crises, jihad, justice, love vs fear, family love, and youth are common themes that prevail the book.Through characters, the ideas of identity crises, secrecy, and reputation are revealed. The characters have fallen in the pit of identity crises. They seem to hide their identity and change it as they live in Britain. The male character who is the son of the millionaire parents, Eamonn, uses the other alternate spell of his name to hide his Muslim identity.The two protagonist sisters, Asma and Aneeka, who are portrayed as the Muslim ‘hijabi’ girls residing in Britain, do not act as pious as expected by the readers. Aneeka, for an instance, has an active love life despite her Muslim appearance and believes. She has been involved in short-term illegal relationships since an early age, as she managed to sneak past the acknowledgement of her aunt. She had neither been advised by her twin brother in her early teens.At points, the book also reflects the notion of stereotype. There is an association breaded man with a jihadi and shows how they can be misjudged by their looks. The book also shows how young Muslim British are mischievously trapped and recruited into ISIS forces. Those who holds the courage to escape meets a tragic end.The three siblings fought with the sorrows of losing close one at a very early age. Shamsie made readers realize the feeling of grief that shreds you down in the memories of the lost ones. This sorrow have compelled the character to mistrust each other despite the endless love they have among them. They tend to blame each other for what they have lost. The misjudgement and mistrust bound them to seek for better belongings which nevertheless ended in greater sorrows.Furthermore, the evolution of the characters towards positivity and negativity is more prominent among male characters. Female characters are portrayed as stronger, who are reluctant to stand up for their rights and raise their voices.The narrations, on the other hand, are more descriptive of the actions of the characters. The book doesn’t stand out in the narration of the scenes and physique of the characters. I really wanted to build a strong imagery of the characters and changing scenes but found no aid from the writer’s side. So I would rate this book 3/5 stars. [...]



10 All-Time Loved Children Books That You Should Reread As an Adult

10 All-Time Loved Children Books That You Should Reread As an Adult

Time flies…yes. We are all grown up leaving behind all those classic books on the shelves, all dusty. The books that we used to ask our parents to read to us over and over again every single night are all forgotten. But do we remember the lessons it taught us, except the fairytale part? I know we don’t. So it’s time to pick them again, sweep the dust off, and sit back in the comfortable chair to read them again after this long time. And I am sure that there are so many life lessons that we have overlooked and missed as a child and it’ll surprise you for sure. So how many of these do you own and which one are you planning to reread this month?[...]



Book Review: Alice’s Adventures in the Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Book Review: Alice’s Adventures in the Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” [...]



Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”[...]



37 Educational Books That Will Make Your Child Sharper and Smarter

37 Educational Books That Will Make Your Child Sharper and Smarter

Every parent desire to see their child outsmart other children in academic performance but it may worry you if your child falls behind and becomes weak in his performance. Before blaming your child, have you considered that whether you are providing your child with the best practice to boost his performance? If not, then it is time to reconsider your child’s routine. Indulge your child into the habit of book reading at an early age. It will aid his appetite of knowledge and increase his curiosity of knowing what he desires. It is truly a gift that parents give to their child that helps him/her at every stage of life.[...]



Khaled Hosseini’s Upcoming Book ‘Sea Prayer’ is the Tragic Tale of the Syrian Refugees Struggling for Life (Releasing on 18th September 2018. Open for Pre-Order)

Khaled Hosseini’s Upcoming Book ‘Sea Prayer’ is the Tragic Tale of the Syrian Refugees Struggling for Life (Releasing on 18th September 2018. Open for Pre-Order)

The best seller author of The Kite Runner and The Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini has announced to release his new heartbreaking and sorrowful illustrated book, Sea Prayer that is based on the horrific lives of the Syrian refugees. The story is compelled to picture the tragic death of Alan Kurdi, the poor three-year-old boy, who was washed on the shore of Turkey in September 2015 during his flee from his homeland to Greece. Click Here To Book your copy[...]



Wisdom of the Sustainable Environmentalist: Dr. Rashid Alleem

Wisdom of the Sustainable Environmentalist: Dr. Rashid Alleem

Environmentalist, the enthusiastic writer, entrepreneur, critical thinker, expounded leader, Dr. Rashid Alleem is best known for his farsighted knowledge and command over environmentalist and sustainable business potentials in the high growing economic world of Arab. He is the founder of the Alleem Knowledge Center and currently the chairperson of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA). [...]



New Releases November 2017

New Releases November 2017

Pick up your copies of new-release book in November 2017 at globalbooks.com.pk Global Books has all genres, including fiction, non-fiction, young adult, childrens, history, biography and many more ...[...]



Bargain online like never before (1st time in Pakistan)

Bargain online like never before (1st time in Pakistan)

Few more days to go while you understand the way it works and we finalize it

Do you find the price of your loved book too high at our e-store? Is it too expensive for a used book? Does it remind you of local book bazaars where you can bargain to fit your pocket? Then you can bargain just the same on our online bookstore. Global Books has launched the amazing feature on the online store where you can put your bargain price if you feel that the mentioned price is not suitable for the book you want. We try our extent to make every possible measure to meet your ‘book budget’ because a bookworm is never satisfied with just a few books. [...]



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