Monday, July 15, 2013

Starglass Blog Tour: Interview with Terra! (With Giveaway!)

Hosted by Itching For Books
Welcome to the first day of the blog tour to celebrate the upcoming release of Starglass by Phoebe North!  If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that while I review books regularly, book tours are something new to me.  But when I read Starglass, I fell in love with it so fast and so hard that I knew just had to help get the word out.  (Also: hands-down my favorite cover ever.  The color scheme!  Can I get a bedroom set to match this cover?)
Since I pretty much just babbled about how much I loved the book in my actual review, here's the official description:

In this futuristic, outer space thriller, Terra has to decide between supporting the rebellion she believes in—and saving the life of the boy she loves.

For generations, those aboard the Asherah have lived within strict rules meant to help them survive the journey from a doomed Earth to their promised land, the planet Zehava–which may or may not be habitable, a question whose imperative grows now, in the dwindling months before touchdown.
Sixteen-year-old Terra’s situation is tough. A dead mom. A grieving dad. A bitchy boss, and a betrothed who won’t kiss her no matter how bad she wants it. She’s doing her best to stay afloat, even when she gets assigned a vocation she has no interest in: botany.
But after Terra witnesses the Captain's guard murder an innocent man, she's drawn into a secret rebellion bent on restoring power to the people. The stakes are higher than anything she could have imagined. When the rebellion gives Terra an all-important mission, she has to decide where her loyalties lie for once and for all. Because she has started to fall for the boy she's been sent to assassinate...

Expected Publication: July 23rd 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Purchase: Amazon
  Today, I'm honored to present an interview with Terra Fineberg, the awesome (but apparently quite modest and interview-shy) protagonist.

1) You're heading toward Zehava, the winter planet.  If you could choose one season to live in forever, what would it be, and why?

Um, well, I don't know much about summer. The council's ensured that I've never seen it, since they want us to get ready to live in a colder climate and all. Spring is nice, I guess--maybe it sounds stupid, but I like flowers a lot. My mother and I used to take walks through the dome in the spring, and I can remember how everything smelled and looked so . . . promising! But I know that sounds pretty geeky. I don't know. Spring, sure. Is that an okay answer? 

2) What is your favorite memory from childhood, before your mother died?

When I was a kid, my mother noticed that I liked drawing all over the margins of my notebooks at school. Actually, she got called in about it. Rebbe Davison thought I wasn't paying any attention in class. But instead of yelling at me, like Abba did, she bought me a set of colored pencils. I was kind of shy about using them, until she sat up late with me drawing, too. Her drawings were really terrible, but it helped me to feel a little braver about my art. I guess I needed the encouragement.

3) It seems that the idea of a "bashert", the person you're fated to be with, your "heart's twin" is very important to you.  In your opinion, what are the characteristics of an ideal romantic relationship?

Oy gevalt, really? What an embarrassing question. I don't know. My friend Rachel seems to think that all that matters is whether a guy is handsome. I don't know if I care about that at all. I mean, I'm not immune to a pretty face, but mostly I'd like to find someone I can talk to. Isn't that how love is supposed to be? You find someone who doesn't make you feel like such a weirdo, who has your . . . I don't know. Your sonar. Which probably makes no sense to anyone, but I figure if my bashert was out there, he'd know what I mean.

4) You and Rachel became friends when you defended her on your first day of school.  Was there a moment in your friendship when you knew for sure she was your best friend?   What made you so devoted to her?

Rache is great.  Look, I know we haven't always been perfect friends--and me, most of all. But when you share a history with someone, it matters. She's been with me through so much. My mother's death and all of that dreck with Abba. She understands me like nobody else does, not even my family. I mean, you should really be asking Rachel why she sticks around for me. That's the real mystery.

5) What's something you wish people knew about you?

People want to know things about me?! Um, I guess I'd want them to know that I'm really just trying to live my life the best I can. I'm not a hero or anything like that. I'm just a normal girl who is not that different from you or anyone else. Or at least I'm trying to be one! 

To learn more about Starglass, check out the trailer here: 

Starglass Book Trailer from Phoebe North on Vimeo.

And definitely enter to win a copy here: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway  And check out Phoebe North's website and bio here: 
About the Author
Phoebe North
Phoebe North spent the first twenty-two years of her life in New Jersey, where she lugged countless library books home to read in the bathtub, at the dinner table, in front of the television, and under the blankets with a flashlight when she should have been asleep.
After college, Phoebe went south, enrolling in the University of Florida’s MFA program to study poetry. But after studying children’s literature with kidlit scholars (and geniuses) Kenneth Kidd and John Cech, she started writing books about magic, robots and aliens for teenagers. And realized she loved it almost as much as she loved Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Now, Phoebe lives in New York State with her husband, and many licensed novels. She likes to cook, watch Degrassi, sew, take her cat for walks, and, of course, write. Despite many soaked pages, she still loves to read in the bath. |


  1. My favourite science fiction novel? If we're talking dystopian, as cliché as it might be, I have to go with THE HUNGER GAMES. Another recent favourite has to be FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund. Sci-fi PERSUASION? Um, yes. Loved it! :D

    I'm very, very excited about reading STARGLASS. It sounds so good!

    1. Ooh, loved FDSTS! I'm so looking forward to reading Diana Peterfreund's next novel!

  2. Awesome interview. Thanks for participating :)

    1. This was fun! Can't wait for Starglass to be released so everyone can read it!

  3. This is great, thanks Jess! There are so many YA sci-fi novels I love, but I keep coming back to ENDER'S GAME because it was part of what made me love sci-fi when I was younger. :)

    1. I'm so torn about Ender's many people have raved about it, but I didn't read it as a kid and now I don't want to spend money on it because I find OSC so personally repugnant. Maybe this is a job for the library...especially now that there's a movie coming out.

  4. I don't read tons of sci-fi, but I do love the Across the Universe trilogy. I've also had my eye on STARGLASS for many months. I've heard some fantastic things about it.

    Thanks for the fun interview, and the giveaway!

    1. Yeah, it's not like, hard sci-fi. It's very character-driven, and the "sci" part is largely behind-the-scenes stuff that's just part of the worldbuilding.

  5. Love this part: "Isn't that how love is supposed to be? You find someone who doesn't make you feel like such a weirdo..." Ha ha! So very true! I'd have to say my favourite sci-fi novel is A WRINKLE IN TIME although I think the first book that got me interested in sci-fi settings was THIS PLACE HAS NO ATMOSPHERE by Paula Danziger, even though it was really more of a contemporary (at the time) with a sci-fi twist. Looking forward to reading STARGLASS!

    1. Ooh, Paula Danziger...I remember her! I don't know if I read This Place Has No Atmosphere, but looking at the description on Amazon, I think I might order it now. Sounds like so much fun!

  6. What a great looking cover! Only the highest in sales for Phoebe.

    1. I was so glad I loved the book, because I was always gonna buy a copy just to look at it :-p

  7. Thanks so much Jess for participating in the tour and hosting Terra's first interview. ;)

    1. Thanks for putting me in touch with her :) She did great!


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