Selena Carstairs has been raised an Elite. She lives the life of privileged luxury, never wanting for anything. Respected. Admired. Honoured.
But life is not what it seems…
The island of Wánměi has a strict set of rules. Be a model Citizen and all will be rewarded. Disobey the law and the consequences are dire. For Selena, the urge to defy is in her blood. Out of boredom? Or something else? But she never knew just what penalty she’d have to pay for her latest stunt.
Trent Masters is a Citizen, born and bred. The leader of a small group of revolutionaries desperately trying to free their beloved city of Wánměi. He knows a world exists beyond the island’s borders. He knows a life exists without the heavy handed manipulation and tight fisted control of those in charge.
What he didn’t know was that an Elite would have more chance of challenging the Overseers who control Wánměi than a rebel ever could. And he certainly wasn’t expecting her to capture his heart as stealthily as she moves under the darkness of a hot and humid night.
Citizen versus Elite. The battle has begun.
Targeted Age Group:: R16
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Big cities fascinate me. From their infrastructure, to their roadways, to their housing requirements and park designs. In particular, I find it amazing how so many people can live on such a small parcel of land. I’ve visited London, Berlin, Sydney, Los Angeles, Singapore, Paris, Rome – some pretty big cities with intricate and brilliant city designs and massive populations living in splendid harmony. And I loved every single one of them.
Mix into this fascination a love of science fiction from when I was a small child, throw in a few modern day newsworthy concepts, and you have a meting hot-pot of vibrant colour and multiculturalism in a land area no bigger than Lake Taupo (my home town).
The Citizen Saga came to me while on holiday in one of those big cities and it just built from there. A type of awe laced with a what-if scenario, that continued to grow inside my head until I had no choice but to put pen to paper and get it all out. In its most basic description, the story is about a strictly controlled nation cut-off from the rest of the world, and those remarkable people who rise up and fight back against the oppression in search of something more.
It’s fantasy based on reality with a mixture of science fiction and a grounding in romance and suspense. And I love it as much as I love those wonderful “real” big cities I’ve visited over the years.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters evolved over time while I was on holiday with my family. I just started hearing voices inside my head that needed to get out, and once Lena and Trent started shouting I knew I had to do something about it. Maybe that makes me a little crazy, but once I hear them, I pretty much have to “play” with them.
And then the concept of the Citizen Saga started to take form and a world suddenly existed inside my mind. One I fell in love with, just as I did the characters.
Neither character is based on anyone I know, they just simply are. Fully formed, well rounded, with faults and strengths and a complex outlook on life that made them so much fun to work with. But underlying it all, for me, is their passion. For life, for their country and fellow compatriots, and for each other.
“Tell me what you’re feeling. Right now. The emotion that captures you in this instant,” he demanded, only loud enough for me to hear. Anyone would think we were whispering sweet nothings to each other. It helped that they couldn’t see the expression in our eyes behind the shades.
“Confused?” I offered.
“It’s a start. What else?”
I took a second to think about it. “Frustrated.”
“Better. Go on.”
“Angry,” I added, my voice soft, belying the emotion.
Tan held my gaze, almost as though holding his breath, then whispered, “Why?”
Coffee beans whirring in the grinder filled my ears, the bang of the barista emptying sodden grounds into the dump bin joined in. Music and conversation and the voice from an advertisement running on a vid-screen added to the cacophony of noise around our little cocoon. I had the feeling that something was changing. Maybe something to do with our relationship, but I thought, perhaps, it was more profound than that.
“I hated taking it,” I finally whispered, somehow loud enough for Tan to hear. We were so close now, I could feel his breath heating my lips. “I didn’t want to.”
“You never do,” he pointed out, meaning that’s not what was new. And he was right.
“He’s dead.” My voice was all but gone, only the reading of my lips allowed Tan to understand me.
“Wiped?” he mouthed back, horror coating his face and then in the next instant vanished from sight behind a Citizen appropriate mask.
He leaned back in his seat and stared out the window, blindly I think. In the middle of chaotic Wáikěiton, in a café filled to the brim with mindless Wánměi Citizens, on a day like any other in this city-state, I realised I wanted it to end. I wanted something else.
Not just a challenge. Not just a distraction from the boredom. Not just a reason to forget how my father died.
I wanted freedom.
Tan’s eyes came back to me and he offered a small smile.
“Welcome to the real world, Lena. I’ve been waiting for you to arrive.”
About the Author:
Nicola Claire lives in beautiful Taupo, New Zealand with her husband and two young boys.
She’s tried her hand at being a paramedic, bank teller and medical sales representative, (not all necessarily in that order), but her love of writing keeps calling her back.
She has a passion for all things supernatural, spiced up with a good dollop of romance – as long as they include strong characters, alpha males and capable females, and worlds which although make-believe are really quite believable in the end.
There’s nothing better than getting caught up in a compelling, intriguing and romantic book.
When she’s not writing or reading, she’s out on her family boat at Lake Taupo, teaching her young boys to fish, showing them the beauty that surrounds them in nature and catching some delicious trout for dinner.
Creating rich worlds with dynamic characters and unexpected twists that shock and awe has been pure bliss for this author. And just as well, because there’s a lot more story yet to tell…
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