Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Decayed Horizon by Elizabeth Sharp - Excerpt, Fun Facts & Review

Decayed Horizon
by Elizabeth Sharp
Genre: New Adult Dystopian
I awoke in a destroyed subway station fifty years in the future. Less than a quarter of Earth's population has survived and those who remain are changed. No one is afraid to unleash their new abilities on each other. They all want something from me. 

I can never go back home. 
Drake came to my rescue. He made me happy to stay, but I still don't know if I can trust him. 
Now we're on the move. We have to keep going, though I have no way of knowing if there is hope beyond the decay or only more destruction. 

I noticed his eyes kept sliding to the corners to look at me from time to time, like he wanted to ask me something but didn’t know how. Finally I couldn’t take it anymore.
“Ohmygod, what?”
He shook his head, trying to act like he had no idea what I was talking about.
“You want to ask me something. What?”
“Well…” He he trailed off. The silence stretched long enough that I wasn’t certain he was going to continue. “It’s just something I heard once.”
“What’s that?”
“Is it true that girls from your time had ways to prevent themselves from getting pregnant? A magic pill that caused an invisible wall inside them?”
I burst out laughing at the mental image, clapping my hand over my mouth to stop it. “Sorry, I wouldn’t call it an invisible wall. It just changes the hormones in our bodies so that a baby thinks it can’t grow.”
“Did you take the magic pills?”
Heat surged in my cheeks, but I tried to play it cool. “Nah, I got the shot.”
“The shot?” He cocked his head, unsure what I meant.
“Birth control—magic pills as you called them—could be injected every few months. Works better than trying to remember a pill every day.”
“So you got this shot so you could lie with men without consequence?”
Now my entire face felt like it was on fire. Was I about to have the sex talk with Jason? “That’s not exactly true.”
“So you’ve never lain with a man?”
I spluttered. This got personal in a hurry. Maybe we could go back to talking about magic pills and invisible walls? “Well, I got it so… I mean, just in case… You can never be too safe…” My eyes flitted around looking for something—anything—to draw his attention off me. When I couldn’t think of anything, words began to tumble out of my mouth no matter how hard I tried to stop them. “I’ve never gone all the way, or anything, but I’ve gotten pretty close. Ok, so I’ve given oral and I let me boyfriend put his hand down my pants once. But I just haven’t been into someone like that.” 
Oh. My. God. Stop talking!
*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This one has everything! From page one to till the end, you will be wondering what can happen next?? I HATE predictable stories, and this story, keeps you guessing. Nothing is as it seems. 
Allyson is dramatically pulled form her own time, and she ends up in the future, a future she just doesn't belong in. Allyson is confused and lonely. On the way to her families land, which she hopes to find some of her family on, she makes new allies. Some of these may prove to be her undoing. 
I loved this book! Sharp has a way of extracting an emotion response from her readers and this book is no exception. I love that we can share in Allyson's desperation to get someplace safe. The supporting characters, are snarky and I love that!
Who doesn't need a good bit of snark every now and then?
I suggest that you pick this one up as your next read!

Elizabeth Sharp is the pen name used by Donna Dull. A full time mom and part dreamer, Donna is addicted Facebook while still recovering from her Dr. Pepper problem. A self-proclaimed techno geek, she loves cell phones, computers, tablets and all things technological. The internet has to be the greatest invention since the wheel, in her opinion. She lives in a quiet subdivision with her husband, young son, three cats, and far too many electronics. It’s quite possible she has some raccoon in her DNA, because she loves glitter and anything that sparkles. She enjoys making jewelry and costumes. Halloween is her favorite holiday since it’s the one day of the year that you can be whatever you want. But her first love will always be writing. Otherwise, hearing voices in her head would make her feel schizophrenic.

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10 Fun Facts About Decayed Horizon

1) I never intentionally set out to write a dystopian. One day the idea just kind of came to me. I tried to ignore it, since I was in the middle of a different book, but it wouldn’t be sidelined. As soon as I started writing it, I was in love.

2) A lot of my description of the world were inspired by the show The World After People on the History Channel.

3) I initially explained the different races as “steampunk fairies” (forest people), “steampunk gypsies” (Traveling people), “hardcore steampunk” (Painted People) and “Mad Max-ish” (Marauders). I’m very happy with my ability to capture those.

4) At UtopYAcon in Nashville this June, I wore costumes from the different races each day. I’m really happy with how well the costumes came out. Also, corsets are incredibly uncomfortable. From left to right: Traveling people, forest people (sadly there is no picture of the skirt, which is sad since it’s my favorite part) and Painted People. There were no pictures of me on my own. I’m not cool enough to think of that. 
*Dowie Side-note- That middle pic.... yeah, that us. You are totally cool to be in a pic with me! 
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5) Allyson is an inventor and an engineer, and I had no clue how she would see the world. Fortunately for me, my husband is an engineer, so he answered all my question with a tolerance I am eternally grateful for.

6) I extensively explored New York state via Google maps for this book. I know things about the state my friends in Albany don’t know. Also there is a random guy in New York City who saw the Google car coming through and jumped in the air with his arms spread wide and his head thrown back. I still kick myself for not screenshotting that awesomeness. Well played random guy in New York City.

7)All the Painted People’s names (except for Jamilla) came from the steampunk name generator at http://oobleck.org/steam/

8)Though it never actually appeared in the book, I have a complete design for Ally’s device.

9) All locations in the book match up with real landmarks.

10)The character Jamilla is strongly influenced by my best friend, Victoria.

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