Blog Tour: Boy of Blood by Megan O'Russell
Boy of Blood By Megan O'Russell
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Series: Girl of Glass
Genre: YA Dystopia
Release Date: April 10, 2018
After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.
Clinging to Jeremy, Nola struggles to find a way to exist in the domes, turning her back on all she learned in the city. But when one of the outsiders brings the dark secrets of the domes to light, the line between survival and murder blurs against the spectre of the dying world.
Can Nola follow the dark path laid out by the Domes? Will the dangers of the night become her new sanctuary?
BOUND IN BETRAYAL — MEGAN O’RUSSELL
Do you ever have the feeling that there is no right answer? That there is no path that will lead to a happy ending for everyone you love?
That’s what Nola Kent is dealing with as the world collapses in the Girl of Glass series.
In this young adult mid-apocalyptic dystopian, complete with chemically induced vampires, survival is an everyday question. How will you get food? Who might kill you for your resources? Is the darkness safer than the sunlight? Choosing the wrong answer to any of those could get you killed.
Nola was raised in the domes, nestled behind the glass walls that keep those chosen to survive safe from the chaos of the outside world. It sounds like she’s got it pretty good, right? But being forced to stand idly by and watch people suffer is a horrible thing. There’s only so much blood you can watch being shed before it feels like some of that blood is on your hands.
In choosing to help the outsiders, Nola betrays the domes. She’s putting her home at risk to help people she’s never even met before.
It’s that innocent desire to help those in pain that brings about the chain of hurt that brings us to book two in the series, Boy of Blood.
I’m not a fan of spoilers, so I’m going to tread very carefully.
Nola’s actions against the domes lead to her being betrayed by some of those she loves most. By the people she should trust with her life and her heart.
But the end of society doesn’t stop for heartbreak or death. The world keeps turning and decaying.
When there is no right path left for her to choose, no sign to point and say, “These are the people I should be willing to sacrifice everything I am for”, she’s left no better than an outsider. Spending every day questioning the prospect of her own survival.
Is the food safe to eat? Will this person stab me? Both questions hold equal weight, and there is no way to know the right answer until the choice is already made.
The cost of compassion, the limits of morality, and the acceptable price of survival are all things Nola faces in Boy of Blood. There are also vampires and werewolves out for blood, but are they any worse than the humans? If the only choice you have left is between people who have betrayed you, how do you move forward?
Nola wants to help people, to protect her home, and to stand beside those she loves. But the world ends without compassion, and Boy of Blood doesn’t offer Nola a perfect choice.
Betray or be betrayed. Survive or perish.
There is no knowing the right answer until the chance to choose has passed.
About the Author:
Megan O’Russell is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Tethering, and Nuttycracker Sweet, a Christmas novella. Megan’s short stories can also be found in several anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters 2, featuring women in speculative fiction. Megan is a professional performer who has spent time on stages across the country and is the lyrist for Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, which received its world premier in 2015. When not on stage or behind a computer, Megan can usually be found playing her ukulele or climbing a mountain with her fantastic husband.