Monday, June 20, 2016

#Review: Regina Shen: Defiance by Lance Erlick

Regina Shen: Defiance
Lance Erlick
Young Adult, Sci-Fi>Dystopia
Published May 15th 2015 by Finlee Augare Books

Abrupt climate change melted ice caps, flooded coasts, and expanded deserts. Outcast Regina Shen is a fugitive the World Federation believes has DNA that can stop human extinction. Rival Federation agents fight over capturing Regina to gain power amidst turmoil over who will become the new World Premier. Regina has to flee from Virginia through desert and wilderness to Alaska to hunt a treasure big enough to barter for her freedom and that of her sister. Can she find allies and tools to remain free long enough to find something to trade?

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DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange of a review, in honor of this tour. May contains spoilers, but hopefully not. All opinions are my own, and not by any means influenced by other.

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars.
Adventures continue, and Regina is willingly giving a sample of her DNA to a private laboratory, providing it for a surrogate-mother. Gotta feel bad for Regina, because she kind of wants to have her daughter herself, but its not really possible. Just when everything appears to turn out for the better, it starts to go downhill again. In complete honesty, a few details seemed a bit shady to me and I was not grasping it, but the story is still great.

About the Author
Lance Erlick likes to explore intriguing worlds with mostly strong female characters you can relate to, as they are thrust into extraordinary situations. He writes character-driven, action-packed, science fiction thrillers full of twists and turns.
He is the author of the Rebel series. In those stories, Annabelle Scott is forced to become a warrior to enforce laws she believes are wrong. This year Lance released the Regina Shen series. This series takes place after abrupt climate change leads to the Great Collapse and a new society under the World Federation. As an outcast, Regina must fight to stay free and help her family. Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.
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When I was eleven, I got the bug to write when I read stories I enjoyed and said, “I could do that.” Then I sat down and discovered it was harder than it looked. After trying to write in the style of other authors, which improved my writing skills, I realized that it’s not technique but rather a spark from the heart that makes good stories.
I’ve always had characters and stories floating around in my head, usually when I’m not sitting down to write. They stir up from events of the day, news or from things I’ve read or seen. Often they come from imagining “what if” situations involving people in unusual situations. Then my imagination takes off trying to figure out how a particular character might handle it.
The Rebel series grew out of 2 ideas. First was all the anger and my-way-or-highway politics in which there’s no middle ground. I wondered what would happen if that rage boiled over and extremists on both sides got their way, dividing the country after a second civil war. So I set about to brainstorm what this world might look like.
Second was reading about fertility research. It involves taking skin cells from one person, coaxing them into a stem-cell state, and using the resulting cells to fertilize an egg. While the research is intended to help infertile men, it raises the possibility of two women having a biological child, and a society with only women.
I wondered what interesting characters would inhabit this world and decided the characters with the most at stake would be young. Annabelle Scott was born.
The Regina Shen series started with a resilient young woman with little to live for struggling to survive a hurricane and human adversaries. Challenged at every step and filled with normal doubts, she rises up to each hurdle and never gives up. This evolved into exploring what had caused her circumstances to be so dire. At that time, I was reading about abrupt climate change. I imagined Antarctica with no glaciers and walled-off coastal areas around every continent where the outcasts of society were thrown.

I wanted to explore a world where abrupt climate change had already happened. After worldwide disasters, what arose was a World Federation ruling with a restrictive caste system. Regina Shen was born an outcast into the swamps on the seaward side of barrier walls, a hopeless survivor the Federation didn’t want—until they did. Making her life even more impossible than the storm that blows in are ambitious Federation agents who discover the importance of her DNA to avoid the extinction of humans. She has to fight for her life and avoid capture by agents who won’t treat her well.


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