Alex Campbell: Land, Cloud 9

Alex is currently working on her third novel, but before that came a decade of writing novels, pitching them, getting rejected – so many times getting rejected – acquiring agents, undertaking publisher rounds… and starting the cycle all over again. Her debut, Land, was nominated for the Carnegie.

After a nomadic existence from birth, she now considers herself settled near Bath, where her life outside of writing – if there is one? – involves working as a relationship counsellor, copywriter, and creative writing tutor, as well as playing parent to two children and aiming to be the world’s expert at daydreaming, cinema-going, book-buying and -borrowing, and notebook-collecting.

Find her on Twitter @ACampbellWrites, though she has a website coming soon too!

Cloud 9: Life’s short. Enjoy it. This is the slogan of Leata, the wonder-drug that sixteen-year-Cloud 9 coverold Hope has been taking since she was a child, just like the rest of her family. Well, the rest of the country really. For who would choose not to take it – a perfectly safe little pill that just helps ‘take the edge off’ life. Because everyone can do with a little help staying happy sometimes. Especially Hope, whose life is maybe not as perfect as she likes to make out on her blog. Tom’s never taken Leata. Why would he? His family are happy as they are. At least they were, until the sudden death of his journalist father. The police are unequivocal: his dad killed himself. But Tom just can’t believe it. Consumed by grief, he obsessively begins to unravel the trail that leads to his dad’s final news story. And Hope is there to help. As a Leata-backed blogger, Hope wants to steer Tom into ‘positive living’. Instead, her efforts take them down a path she could never have expected – into the murky underworld that lies beneath the surface of the ‘happy’ drug everyone wants to love and the secrets it will kill to hide.

Land coverLand: The sea rose. Civilisation was wiped out, countries drowned. Out of the ashes of a desperate refugee camp, a new society was born, with a new place to call home: Land. Trapped by an aggressive sea, its citizens were bound to rules that saw the weak removed, marriage and children by approval only, and designated work for all. All for the greater good. Decades later, and seventeen-year-old Christy’s life is on the cusp of irrevocable change. She has become eligible for The Pairing, a carefully selected marriage of political and social convenience where romance is out of the question. Her grandmother, Cons, has also reached a significant age – sixty-six: soon the Selection Truck will arrive to take her away forever. Christy’s only hope for protection lies with her errant rebel father but nothing goes as it’s supposed to. As Christy finds a Pairing which might offer a new opportunity for love and security she also uncovers a destiny that has been hidden from her; truths that have been disguised as childhood lies. With Cons’ life under threat, Christy is forced to face a whole new world, one where she must choose between those she cares about and the greater good. A new life where she must play the reluctant rebel, revolutionary, lover and assassin.

 

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