Monica Leonelle, a social media marketing blogger and science fiction storywriter, reached out and invited me to join a blog tour for her forthcoming novel, Socialpunk. Needless to say, I was elated to be considered for the opportunity and explore her work. And the material seemed right up my alley:
Confession: I still haven't read The Hunger Games. But I digress.Socialpunk is aimed at tech-savvy, social media aficionados who enjoy writing and reading. The book centers on Ima, who is stuck in a virtual reality that functions more like a prison, and Vaughn, who lives in a dark, technology-driven future, but manages to save Ima from the people trying to destroy her. If you enjoy books like Ender's Game, Neuromancer, or The Hunger Games, you would probably enjoy this book too!
Monica sent me an electronic copy of Socialpunk, which opens:
SOMETHING ABOUT THE BRIGHT PINK sky had always bothered Ima, but she couldn’t put her unease into words. It wasn’t like the sky had changed in her seventeen years on earth; it had changed during her mother’s marrying years, from a blue the color of forget-me-nots, to that awful, bright pink.
She plucked one of the forget-me-nots from next to the bush she hid behind and held it to the sky for comparison. Her mother remembered the change starting around 2036, when the ozone layer damage hit an all-time high and the air became too polluted for breathing. Populations migrated to domed cities like Chicago, where the government could control the atmosphere and food supply without overextending the earth’s dwindling resources.
Domed cities provided answers for the people who had survived the Scorched Years. And most accepted the safety domes could provide without question. But the pink blush that streamed through the clear protective barrier only left Ima with more questions. Questions about The Dead Zone. Questions of what lay beyond it.It seems like this book would interest many of you, along with all of Monica's projects. If anyone is interested I'd love to host a reading discussion about Socialpunk or Monica's blog. All you need is a social media page (including accounts on Facebook, Twitter and the like) to join the tour and read the book for free!
Monica, thanks for including me in this opportunity and good luck with the Socialpunk launch! I look forward to reading more!
Follow up 04/30/12: I have since finished The Hunger Games, and definitely consider it an Interesting Read!