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REBEL SEOUL, September 2017

Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut.

After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.

With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.

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What inspired you to write REBEL SEOUL? My love of mecha anime and K-dramas. I wanted to write a book that had all my favorite things!

What were the steps you took to get REBEL SEOUL published?

I entered Tu Books’ New Visions Award contest. The contest runs every year, and any unpublished writer of color who writes Young Adult or Middle Grade can enter! If you win, they offer you a publishing contract. There’s also a picture book alternative called the New Voices Award offered by Tu Books’ parent company, Lee & Low Books.

Is REBEL SEOUL based off any real world people or places? Not people, but places, yes. As the title suggests, the novel is a fictional sci-fi imagination of a futuristic Seoul. Geographical features like the Han River and Mount Baekdu exist in the present day, as do the districts and areas of Seoul, like Gangnam and Hongdae.

 

Who is in your dream cast for REBEL SEOUL? Lee Jong Suk, F(x)’s Krystal, Ahn Jae Hyun, and Park Bo Young.

Where can I find interviews you’ve done for REBEL SEOUL press?

Check out my Influences post with Eli @ The Silver Words: here

Do you have a playlist for REBEL SEOUL? Yes, I do!

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