Would anything change if women were in charge? Book Clubs, readers, and critics herald the latest by award-winning author, Aguila.
Would anything change if women were in charge? Book Clubs, readers, and critics herald the latest by award-winning author, Aguila. Read more
About this project
LAST DAY REWARD! EVERY BACKER PLEDGING $25 OR MORE WILL BE LISTED IN THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OF THE BOOK! THANK YOU FOR HELPING RUN RAGGED!
RUN Ragged - the thrilling second novel by award-winning author, Kari Aguila, "...poses questions that invite contemplation long after the book is over. A strong storyline, complex characters, and chilling exploration of the politics of power make this a gripping read."
“Aguila's well crafted dystopian world serves as an upside-down mirror of today's political issues. Suspenseful, disturbing yet hard to put down, RUN Ragged ... points a spotlight at the pitfalls of our world today.”
"Empowering and exhilarating..."
"Beautiful and terrifying all at once..."
WOULD ANYTHING CHANGE IF WOMEN RULED THE WORLD?
Fifteen years after the Last War devastated families and infrastructure, women have taken over under the banner of peace and equality. Only too late do they realize it’s a slippery slope to oppression. In Run Ragged, Rhia, a strong and independent sea captain finds herself trapped in The Center, a re-education facility designed to help people fit into the new matriarchal society. The warden claims to be guiding those in her care, but Rhia quickly sees the cracks in the system. Faced with the terrifying torture and brainwashing the warden inflicts, those cracks become gaping holes that threaten to pull Rhia down into the depths of despair. Can she resist this slow subversion and become the reluctant hero the inmates need?
Run Ragged is the suspenseful second story by the award-winning author of Women’s Work. It’s a disturbing look at what price we are willing to pay for peace and how much we are willing to ignore to keep our conscience clear. Run Ragged is sure to be a book worth talking about!
A NOVEL YOU WILL TALK ABOUT...
I'd always heard people say, "Wouldn't things be different if women ruled the world?" and it got me thinking about modern feminism, the polarizing portrayals of gender issues in the media, and the concept of equality. My first novel, Women's Work, is the award-winning story of people pushed to their limits in a dystopic matriarchal society. It was voted one of the Best Books of 2014 by IndieReader, and has garnered critical acclaim from reviewers. Since the release of Women's Work, I've had the honor of meeting with readers and Book Clubs across the country, and have loved the heated discussion and emotional debate that it inspired. One idea that echoed through all those conversations was the need for a sequel -- readers were dying to know more!
Run Ragged is that second story, and I am thrilled to present this suspenseful and thought-provoking novel as a Kickstarter campaign. Rhia was a minor character in Women's Work, and so many readers wanted to know more about her. This new stand-alone story finds her working for the government, struggling to keep her head down while she does her job. She can see the inherent problems in the system, and worries that it doesn't matter if a man or a woman is in charge; power corrupts everyone. Through a terrifying twist of fate, Rhia becomes the reluctant hero who refuses to back down in the face of evil. Run Ragged will leave you questioning the very idea of equality and show you a deranged world of misinformation and torture in the not-too-distant future.
HOW CAN I HELP?
This Kickstarter campaign will help pay for the publishing nuts and bolts of Run Ragged. The manuscript is finished and has already been through a professional developmental edit and copy edit. Once all those rewrites and changes are taken care of, it will go to a proofreader before final release. Besides the editorial fees, I have an amazing artist who does my cover graphics, and a publishing-industry professional who helps me design and prep the book for both E-book and paperback formats. Run Ragged is printed in the U.S. which costs a little more than doing it in China, but helps me sleep at night. As an independent author, I know it takes a large upfront investment to create a great product, but your help will go a long way.
Thank you for making Run Ragged a reality! Like Women's Work before it, this is a high-quality indie novel that deserves to be read and talked about. Your contributions will help bring this thrilling story to new readers across the globe. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the crazy world that Rhia inhabits. Here's to great indie projects!
Praise for Kari Aguila:
- "Can peace thrive in the absence of subjugation? Run Ragged is an insightful and harrowing examination of the swinging pendulum of gender oppression. Perhaps the book’s greatest strength lies in the questions it poses that invite contemplation long after the book is over. A strong storyline, complex characters, and chilling exploration of the politics of power make this a gripping read." - Petula Parker, author of Kate's Escape from the Billable Hour
- “Aguila's well crafted dystopian world serves as an upside-down mirror of today's political issues. Suspenseful, disturbing yet hard to put down, RUN Ragged ... points a spotlight at the pitfalls of our world today.” -Maren Higbee, author of Lana Fray and the Grand Plan
- "...Empowering and exhilarating. (It) challenges gender as we know it: a truly ambitious and largely indicative text of past and present theory and preoccupations. A commendable book, a timely perspective and critique on the thriving human condition and state of gender affairs and women's rights world-wide. Kari Aguila is a pioneer for crafting such an overdue and particularly necessary contribution for readers everywhere." -The San Francisco Book Review
- "The climactic ending involves a plot twist where the beliefs of the new order are questioned and the neighborhood comes to grips with the tenuous relationship between safety and violence. Women's Work is a well-written book with a moving story inhabited by believable characters. If the purpose of Women's Work is to make a reader think, Aguila has achieved this." -Ed Bennett, Indie Reader
- "Normally, I have issues with my suspension of disbelief. It's a natural inclination not at all helped by a career in newspapers, and it presents quite the challenge for an author hoping to sway a reviewer. Kari Aguila didn't even miss a beat. Women's Work is almost immediately engaging, with a story that moves at a clip. It's easily readable while at the same time raising questions and issues that are bound to linger with the reader well after the book's final period." -Beth Colvin, The Baton Rouge Advocate
- "...Beautiful and terrifying all at once... Starts methodically and the tension builds with each page, with characters and a story that lingers. At times it's impossible to put the book down." -The S-P Review
MORE REVIEWS AND INFO ABOUT THE AUTHOR AT http://www.kariaguila.com
Risks and challenges
RUN RAGGED is already written and is nearly through its three rounds of intensive, professional editing. Pending unforeseen scheduling issues, this novel will be ready to convert to E-reader formats by the end of September. It's an independently published book, and I use a Print-On-Demand platform to order paperback copies. These should be delivered to me in October and backers will receive reward copies of both E-reader and paperback versions approximately one month before general release to the public. Unforeseen production delays could result in a late October delivery. I will keep backers informed should any problems arise.
I've promised to sign paperback copies I will send to backers, so there is the tiniest risk my right hand will randomly fall off and I'll have to scribble a signature with my left. This will look similar to the pathetic penmanship I usually have, so no worries there.
Skype sessions with interested backers will be scheduled during times mutually convenient. I'm flexible and happy to work with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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