Thursday, 12 September 2013

Guest Post & Book Blast: The David Estes Guide to Surviving a Dystopian World

Link to my review of Fire Country

Laura from trip down imagination road's intro: 
The fantastic David Estes, author of the Dwellers Saga and the Country Saga has written a brilliant guest post to celebrate the release of the final book in both saga's The Earth Dwellers. I think the post speaks for itself, I was giggling away when I first read it, and I'm looking forward to reading any related tips that you have!

David Estes' intro: 
Hmmm…whatcha gonna do IF:

-zombies start charging down the street, groaning and lurching and moaning “braaaaiiinnns!”…
-an impending meteor strike forces a small surviving population into dark and terrifying underground caves under the evil rule of an oppressive leader…
-aliens secretly infiltrate all aspects of our lives, taking over our minds, forcing us to bend to their will…
-the worst parts of the Bible come true and angels descend from heaven and destroy all the sinners from off the face of the earth…

…wellllllll….

…I’m probably going to be the first one to run the other way, screaming like a ten-year-old girl and wetting my pants. Sorry, just had to keep things real. However *raises a finger in the air*, I am reasonably good at keeping the main characters in my dystopian novels (7 dystopian novels in the young-adult category) alive (although my record isn’t 100%), so I guess I’m somewhat of an authority on surviving in a dystopian world, even if I probably wouldn’t be able to myself.

So, for better or worse, if you find yourself in any of the above situations, or countless others that cannot possibly be predicted, be sure to have a well-worn folded up copy of David Estes Guide to Surviving a Dystopian World! Here goes!

David Estes Guide to Surviving a Dystopian World
1. Don’t trust your parents. Half the time they’ll be “in on it,” or brainwashed, or a robot, or even an alien. And if they’re not any of those things, then they’ll probably end up dying and turning into a zombie anyway. So do yourself a favor and lose the ’rents as soon as possible.

2. Avoid cults. THEY ARE BAD. I know it will sound like a good idea to join with a group of people, but only do so if it’s clear they’re not worshipping some mysterious power that requires mass-suicide or blood oaths or anything else that forces you to pledge your life to something you can’t really see or understand. Trust me, CULTS ARE OUT.

3. Don’t drink the water. Not unless you’ve boiled it or know exactly where it came from. There’s a good chance you’ll get very sick, like when Adele and Tawni from my book, The Star Dwellers (sequel to The Moon Dwellers), caught the bat flu from drinking bat-feces-infested water by accident. It wasn’t bad other than the fevered hallucinations that almost made Adele kill Tawni.

4. Crying is for crybabies. Sorry, not sure where I was going with this one. Take it or leave it.

5. You’re allowed to flirt, but only after there’s a lull in the action. If someone’s trying to kill you or the hot guy/girl you’re looking to flirt with, save your one-liners until you’ve killed the would-be murderer and found safe refuge in an abandoned house or building or cave.

6. Jokes should be used as often as possible. You live in a dark, dark dystopian world, so laughter might be the only thing good left in it. Crack a joke, make someone laugh, laugh a little yourself. Your survival will depend on your ability to not get too depressed.

7. Do not eat other humans. Your mental health is just as important as your physical. If you start eating people, you’ll go crazy eventually.

8. Have a pet as your best friend. People best friends are good, but not particularly reliable. A dog or cat or monkey or horse (like Sadie from Water & Storm Country) (or even a cactus, like Siena in Fire Country) is much better. Pets don’t let you down (usually). They’ll keep you sane and keep you company. They might even save your life.

9. The evil government is NOT going to go away on its own (at least probably not). Let’s face it, you’re going to have to lead (or at least participate in) a rebellion, so don’t fight it. Embrace it! Enjoy fighting the forces of oppression! Hey, you could even volunteer for a suicidal mission to assassinate a mass-murdering dictator! Wouldn’t that be fun?

10. Expect your friends and family members to die, and get over it. Sorry, this is a really sad one. But in dystopian worlds, people die, and they’re usually the ones you like. So be prepared for it and do your best to move on and honor the ones you love by SURVIVING. They’ll be looking down and cheering for you from a better place.

11. Don’t trust those nice, generous people in the cute little house that smells like dead bodies. They’re not going to feed you…they’re going to EAT YOU.

12. If you have a chance to shoot the bad guy/gal, do it. There’s no place for gun control or being all high-and-mighty in a dystopian world. End the baddies and you’ll protect the goodies.

13. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the alien/cyborg/angel or whoever it is that’s taking over the world. Believe me, you’re better off alone, no matter how smart and sexy the enemy is.

14. The leaders are bad. All of them. Whether they’re leaders of the evil government or of the well-intending rebellion, in the end they’re all seeking to control the population. Don’t let them.

Those 14 are off the top of my head, but I’m sure there are many many more! I’d love to see what other survival tips you all can come up with for surviving a dystopian world! Post them below!!

I hope you all remember to print these tips and keep them on your person at all times (just in case today’s the apocalypse) and that one day they save your life! And if dystopia does come to the real world early, I’d appreciate if one of you capable survivors would come and find me (and preferably protect me with a shotgun in one hand and a katana in the other)!

David Estes 


 
Your favorite Dwellers and Country Saga characters come together in this epic seventh book!
As President Borg Lecter threatens to annihilate the Country tribes in order to expand his glass-domed empire, Adele ventures into the belly of the beast. Her only hope of survival is the consolidation of Dwellers and Country power before it’s too late. Former demagogue President Nailin is eliminated, yet civil unrest infects every alliance. To save Adele, President Tristan faces his greatest challenge yet: unifying unfriendly Dwellers in the Tri-Realms to raise an army against Lecter. Meanwhile, Dazz must convince the Ice Country leaders to march with Siena and the Tri-Tribes on the gates of the Glass City. The world sits on the edge of a knife. Will Adele, Tristan, Dazz, and Siena defeat Lecter and his army of killers before the Glassies wipe them off the face of the Earth?

See where it all begun with The Moon Dwellers and Fire Country
To celebrate the release of The Earth Dwellers by David Estes, the fourth book in both The Dwellers series and Country Saga, David is giving away UNLIMITED free eCopies of Fire Country, book one in the post apocalyptic, dystopian, Country Saga. A little over a year ago, David published his first young adult dystopian series, The Dwellers, and it has changed his life forever. Since then, he’s gone from struggling Indie author to fulltime writer, he’s watched in amazement as his Goodreads fan group has swelled from 300 members to over 1,600, and growing. He's been featured on Buzzfeed, as one of the '15 Book Series To Read If You Enjoyed The Hunger Games', and has just signed on to Andrea Hurst and Associates literary agency. Andrea will we working with David to expand both the Dwellers and Country Saga, taking David's career to a whole new level.
So before the two series collide in The Earth Dwellers, grab the coupon code below and download your eCopy of Fire Country from Smashwords. Share the code with your family, friends and literary inclined pets. The only thing David asks for in return is that if you enjoy the read and continue on with the series, to please leave a positive review on Amazon.com, Goodreads and blogs for each of his books that you read.
 
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Simply use the coupon code: WM49N and download your FREE eCopy.
Expiration Date: September 15, 2013
 
The Earth Dwellers will cap off an eighteen month journey that has taken me from unknown Indie author to still-mostly-unknown fulltime Indie author. The change is a subtle one for most people, but for me it’s a dream come true. To the hundreds (and now maybe even thousands!) of readers who have come along for the ride with me, either by reading the Dwellers Saga, the Country Saga, or both, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now down to business. There may be some of you who have only read the three books in the Country Saga or only the three books in the Dwellers Saga, and are now thinking you’ll read The Earth Dwellers, which is supposedly the 4th book in BOTH the Country Saga and the Dwellers Saga. Well, that’s awesome! However, I must highly recommend that before reading The Earth Dwellers that you read the three books in BOTH series. Trust me, doing so will greatly enhance your experience, as The Earth Dwellers will be taking significant characters from both series and crashing them together (yes, like a water country wave) into an action-packed tale of struggle and loss and hope and friendship… And maybe a little love, too.
The Country Saga
 
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David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife and soul mate, Adele, who he’s now been happily married to for more than two years.
A reader all his life, David began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and has completed 13 novels, 11 of which have been published.  In June of 2012, David became a fulltime writer and is now travelling the world with his wife while he writes books, and she writes and takes photographs.
David gleans inspiration from all sorts of crazy places, like watching random people do entertaining things, dreams (which he jots copious notes about immediately after waking up), and even from thin air sometimes! Recently he’s been inspired by some of his favorite authors, like Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Maggie Stiefvater.
David’s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, an obsessive Goodreads group member, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.  He loves responding to e-mails, Facebook messages, Tweets, blog comments, and Goodreads comments from his readers, all of whom he considers to be his friends.
Where you can find David Estes hanging out:
Blog/website Facebook page Goodreads author page Twitter

Other Young Adult Books by David Estes:
Children’s Books by David Estes:
The Nikki Powergloves Adventures: Nikki Powergloves- A Hero is Born    Nikki Powergloves and the Power Council    Nikki Powergloves and the Power Trappers    Nikki Powergloves and the Great Adventure   Nikki Powergloves vs. the Power Outlaws (Coming soon!)