By Danica Davidson
Last summer Ann Aguirre told us about her novel Enclave, the first in her Razorland trilogy. The second book, "Outpost," is due out September 4, so we wanted to get the scoop from Aguirre about what she’s up to in the world of dystopian YA novels. We’re also exclusively debuting the book trailer for "Outpost," so check out the trailer, take a look at Aguirre’s words, and remember to mark your September calenders!
MTV Geek: For all the newbies out there just discovering your work, what can you tell us about the Razorland saga?
Ann Aguirre: It's a stark and gritty dystopian series with a fierce heroine and a fantastic hero. They're not trying to save the world; they just want to survive. But like Shakespeare said, "Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them." In the case of Deuce and Fade, it's definitely the latter. The scope of the books starts relatively narrow, but as the trilogy continues, it will widen, until you have a complete picture of the world and what's necessary for humanity to endure. The stakes are high and the stories are fast-paced; there's lots of action, but it's also character-driven, and relationships are important. I think both male and female readers could enjoy these books.
Geek: What teasers can you give us about "Outpost"?
Aguirre: Well, Deuce and Fade take things up a notch. There's more romance and more kissing, but there are also some stunning scenes involving the Freaks, information that I imagine readers will find most surprising. There's also plenty of fighting and... you may be startled by a number of revelations. There are also a few hints regarding the plot in the trailer that you're launching today. This time, I went for comic book noir instead of live action; I think it's really cool, and I can't wait to hear what people think! (I have an awesome idea lined up for the Horde trailer already.)
Geek: What was your inspiration for the world you create in these books?
Aguirre: My process seems to be unusual in the sense that I don’t create worlds before characters. With me, character is king. The people I write are real to me, and basically, they tell me about their environments on a need-to-know basis. To many people, this probably sounds crazy; fictitious people who live in my head tell me things that I didn’t know before? Suuuure.
Walter Jon Williams penned an interesting novel called Aristoi, wherein he taps the idea that we possess fragments of other personalities locked away inside our brains; he called them daimones. These sub-personalities can think and feel independently and possess talents that we need. It’s an intriguing take on beneficial schizophrenia, and I sometimes wonder if there’s a kernel of truth to it. Because the fact is, I don’t know where Deuce (or her world) came from. She told me about it as we went along. In a sense, I'm a bard at the fire, listening to the triumphant hero relay his saga.
Geek: Do you know when the third book will be out?
Aguirre: I don't have a firm release date as of yet, but tentatively, Horde should be out in the fall of 2013.
Geek: Do you plan to write more YA books?
Aguirre: Absolutely. I've sold a ferociously ambitious paranormal trilogy to Feiwel & Friends, so I'm thrilled and excited to keep working with Liz Szabla. Let me tell you a bit about it.
The Beauty trilogy
Mortal Beauty* (2014, Fall TBA)
Dire Charm* (2015, Fall TBA)
Dead Lovely* (2016, Fall TBA)
Pitched as Doctor Faustus meets Mean Girls, set in a dark world of secret societies, twisted bargains, and forbidden love. The heroine is named Edie, and the hero is called Kian. I’m not going to tell you more than that because the story's insanely complex in what my agent calls the “down the rabbit hole” way; that's where everything starts relatively normal, but the deeper in you get, the wilder and more unusual the world becomes. Plus, I feel a little superstitious about this project. It’s the biggest deal of my career and I don’t want to leak too many details until I get the first book finished.
*Titles may change before publication. (But I hope not because I kind of love them all.)