Today I’m thrilled to be taking part in the The Given Release Day Book Blitz presented by Storytellers On Tour, as we feature Gary Clark’s YA Dystopian Sci-Fi tale, book one in The Interland Series. Keep scrolling to learn more about the book and author, to read an excerpt showcasing the prologue, and to enter to win yourself a paperback copy of the book! Be sure to be on the lookout throughout the day for more featuring this wonderful story, and if you’re on Instagram or Facebook, why not visit Gary and wish him a Happy Book Day!
In a world where the power to read minds is outlawed, can Jay ever find freedom?
Jay must hide her true abilities if she is to stay safe. But as her powers grow stronger and the authorities more intolerant, she knows that time is running out.
When Jay’s energy is detected by a powerful Reader, she has little choice but to take action. On the run with her friends, and just one step ahead of her pursuers, she must decipher the words of the Legend and reveal the secrets of her childhood stories if she is to find safety.
As she unravels the mystery, the Readers close in. Will Jay unlock the true potential of her power in time, and find the courage to fight her way through to the sanctuary of the Interland?
The Given is the first book in a YA adventure series. If you like an intriguing, grounded fantasy, a fast-paced adventure with characters coming to terms with inner conflicts, and battling powerful enemies, then you’ll enjoy this brand new dystopian YA adventure.
Listen. I’ll tell you a story. When I was a boy, a young and handsome adventurer, I embarked on a quest through the Amberley Wilds. I wished to uncover the myth of the Interland. I was chasing a dream, a vision of a place in legend that had lodged in my mind and wouldn’t let me go.
The Wilds are so thick that it’s impossible to navigate in any meaningful sense – you have to feel your way. My grandmother used to say that the only way to get through the Wilds is to connect with the energy of Nature, and then flow with it – push in the same direction, don’t resist it.
So I pushed bravely through the thick undergrowth, seeking my connection. Brambles tore my skin and mosquitos raised welts in my neck. I began to have doubts as I grew cold, hungry, and scared, but all the while something pushed me on and sometime before dusk I stumbled into a clearing on the bankside where the river widened onto a flood plain.
I felt a charge in the air. Dusk drew in, and a thin mist hung over the river. The smooth surface of the water stood black and still like a painting. Poppies in the fields waved in the breeze, scenting the air. A wooden raft, its logs tied with vine, stuck lodged against the bank like an invitation. I climbed aboard.
After a few minutes drifting through fog the river narrowed, and I picked up speed. With the wind in my face, the current took me straight to a sheer face of rock, where the river disappeared.
The gateway to the Interland is where the three rivers of the Wilds meet. The charge became electric as I passed through the hill of rock and into a pool. The Gateway. I soon reached a beehive of caves stretching deep into the earth. The delicate relationship between the caves, the three rivers, the stone walls and the Wilds left me mesmerized. I felt at one with Nature. For the first time in my life, I was free.
Meet the Author
Gary graduated from the University of Surrey in the UK with a degree in Engineering, embarking on a career that has taken him all over the world from the Far East to the Americas. He is a graduate of the Faber Academy and Curtis Brown creative writing programmes. Now a father of three, he has settled close to where he grew up on the edge of the South Downs in Sussex, where he indulges his love of books, and passion for writing. The Given is his debut novel. It is the first in a series of young adult novels to be published in 2021 in which the main character, Jay, has to come to terms with her unusual gift.
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