Today, we are excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for When We Wake by Karen Healey. We’re offering up a copy of the book for giveaway, AND we’ve got an exclusive interview with Bethari, one of the characters from When We Wake.
My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy.
Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027–she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.
But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies–and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.
Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?
Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.
Don’t miss Karen’s “Live at the Lounge” author video chat on March 23rd with Malinda Lo.
Here’s our interview with “Bethari,” in which we discuss the media & communications in When We Wake:
In our time, it’s all about social media: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest. What’s the biggest media trend in 2128?
‘Casting, definitely – putting moving visual images on the tubes, usually accompanied with commentary.
I think in your time you used to call this vidding? Youblogging? Sorry, I’m not as good with historical terms as I should be! It’s more sophisticated now – better editing apps, and of course bumblecams have intuitive motion that means they can get great shots with much more ease. Everyone does it – restaurant ‘casts, fashion ‘casts, political ‘casts – and then there’s people like me, who do a bit of everything, but with more journalistic rigor.
Cell phones? Communicators? Telepathy? How do teens in 2128 stay connected with each other?
Oh wow, telepathy, can you imagine? I don’t even want to hear the things some people have to say, much less the things they think! So horrible! For voice-to-voice communication, we mostly use EarRings – like cellphones, I suppose? But smaller. And on your ear.
Also, everyone has their computer and can use that for communication. Our computers are very light, by your standards. And you can’t roll your computers into tight balls or stretch them out, or make them as rigid or floppy as you like, right? That must be really hard. I don’t know what I’d do without a flexible computer!
Everyone here in the 21st century keeps saying “print is dead” — and they’ve been saying it for years. In 2128, is it true? Or do some things still come printed onto paper? (Like, say, books?)
Oh, sure, lots of art books are still printed on paper. And publishers do small print runs for collectors, and libraries do displays of old books. My school, Eliza M, has some print books in the collection. We’re not allowed to take them out of the library, but we can read them in there. I’ve done that a couple of times – it feels strange, having to move so much just to hold a book up and turn a page. But they’re nice to touch. And you can smell the paper, and that’s nice too – computers mostly just smell of your hands.
These days, most people in Australia do read through their computers. I mean, it’s part of the Constitution of the Republic: you get a computer when you turn six and start going to school. And even though the government issue computers are completely horrible and 40 tech-generations out of date, and you only get a new one every two years, they all have reader apps, and they all have library access.
Of course, knowing what I know now, the government issue computers are probably full of spyware. The tradeoff for getting access to all that reading material is that the government watches what you actually read.
How do you get your news?
On the tubes. Not just the licensed journalists, though – there’s a lot of underground stuff if you know where to look. Unlicensed journalists using pseudonyms and amateurs (like me!) are often sources for the most interesting information – especially the information some people don’t want you to have.
The media in 2128: can’t live with it or can’t live without it?
Got to live with it! No choice, really. I mean, you can invoke the privacy laws, but then how would anyone know what you had to say?
And now, here’s your chance to win a copy of When We Wake, in stores tomorrow.
Fill out the Novel Novice + When We Wake Contest Entry form and you’ll be entered in a random drawing.
- U.S. only
- One entry per person only, please.
All entries are due by midnight (PT) on Friday, March 8th.