Today, we present Part 2 of our two-part interview with Lauren Kate about her new novel, Torment, the sequel to Fallen. You can view Part 1 here — but rest easy about Part 2. Today’s Q&As are ALL spoiler-free!
There will be four books. After Torment comes Passion, which is the prequel I’ve mentioned [yesterday]. It traces 5000+ years of Luce’s past and answers more questions than you ever knew you had about the series. It’s going to be awesome.
It’s a long wait until book 3. Any recommendations for readers while they wait?
I love The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. And of course, The Hunger Games. Delirium by Lauren Oliver is another beautiful book. And there’s always my favorite, F. Scott Fitzgerald!
You’ve mentioned in past interviews that a lot of research has gone into the Fallen books – research about religion, the idea of good vs. evil, angels & demons, etc. Any recommended reading for fans wanting to explore these ideas further?
One book that really inspired me was Omens of Millennium by Harold Bloom. I also recommend Jeffrey Burton Russel’s trilogy about the devil. And on the lighter side, he’s also written a beautiful History of Heaven. I devoured Milton, Dante, and the books of the Apocrypha (like the Dead Sea Scrolls, the books of Enoch, and the Story of Adam and Eve). Elaine Pagels is another really readable biblical scholar. I could go on! There are so many great sources to turn to on the subject of angels and demons. Sometimes it’s hard to parse, and sometimes it’s contradictory, but to me, it’s endlessly fascinating.