Author: Liesel K. Hill
Series: Interchron, #1
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Publication Date: January 29, 2012
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In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.Writes across three genres: scif/fantasy, historical fiction, and crime drama. Graduate of Weber State University and lover of all things fantastical! :D
After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.
In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.
If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...
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by Liesel K. Hill
I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the unique premise of my book. How did I come up with it? Why did I want to write this kind of story? For the most part, I’ve answered more along the lines of how I came up with the idea for the story, but I haven’t talked much about the idea of individual versus collective.
I started thinking about it because of the direction our society is headed today. There are so few people willing to live life on their own anymore. No one wants to work for what they have. Everyone wants something for free.
Even I have caught myself thinking things like this from time to time, but I train myself not to. I want to live by the sweat of my brow (a.k.a. the stroke of my keyboard). There’s nothing more satisfying for me than creating art through my novels and being paid for it. But so few people in our society take pride, anymore, in a hard day’s work. They’d rather be taken care of.
Now, granted, I took this to an extreme in the book—all great drama deals with extremes—exploring what would eventually happen if this attitude was taken farther and farther, never resetting itself in society. One comment I keep getting from reviewers is how they can see this really happening. That’s because it stems from a real flaw in our society.
I believe we’re destroying our society to such an extent today that, unless we can revolutionize the way we think, we’re headed for some kind of future destruction. But don’t take my word for it. Check out the plethora of dystopian literature on the market today. Obviously this is something people are worried about.
Will that destruction come in the form of collectives? Factions? Arenas where kids fight one another to the death? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, it’s fun to imagine worlds that might be.