Trust will get you killed. Trust will keep you alive.
In a world where the System governs everything, Ava’s a rebel – one who can control other people’s thoughts with her mind. As part of a resistance movement preparing for war, this is a useful skill.
Levi stopped believing in the struggle for freedom when it snatched his parents from him. Now he’s just trying to live a quiet life and control the voices threatening his sanity.
One night Levi’s sister is arrested. To free her, he has to break old promises and become involved with people he swore he’d never associate with. Ava’s ordered to help him and, together, they leave on a rescue mission. She says he has to trust the rebels. But should they?
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Not your ordinary dystopian YA
Article Three is a YA dystopian novel that in some aspects is typical of the genre. It depicts a distant future where conflict and war have destroyed the planet, leaving room for an authorative, oppressive government. The themes of the book are resistance, courage and the power of trust.
However, I wrote Article Three out of a nagging feeling that something was wrong with the genre. I was fed up with the so-called "strong female lead", that in many novels just acted as a way to show readers that the stereotypical male behaviour of violence and brute force is the only way to reach ones goal.
I also wanted to use the genre to comment on society, instead of just using the destroyed society as a back-drop to a love story. The YA dystopian has the same oppurtunity as all good science fiction to act as a mirror of society and I thought that this was not used often enough.
All of this should not amount to a political, boring story full of moral and my views on society. My primary goal is to entertain.
The trilogy is published in Sweden, where it has gained some great praise. Encouraged by that, I had the first novel translated to English. This fall I hope that it will meet an international audience.
Risks and challenges
The translation of the novel is already finished, and it is being layouted and prepared for print at the moment. The road to publishing Article Three should be fairly smooth.
The challenges comes when trying to make the novel reach a bigger audience. Among the thousands of novels released each month Article Three needs to stand out and make an impression big enough to start a buzz.
When marketing the Systems trilogy in Sweden I found that networking is a good way to go. I've spread my books to bloggers and instagrammers, and as many of them have fallen in love with the characters they are more than willing to talk about the trilogy and recommend it to others.
Doing the same thing internationally is a different story, of course. During the last year I have been active on Instagram, disussing topics and books I love with a lot of people. I see them as my key people when it comes to marketing. My goal of the Kickstarter project is to afford to send paper back copies to 100 of them. The idea is that if they love Article Three that will be enough to start a buzz.
Of course there is no way to secure that this will happen. As part of marketing I will also do interviews, post on my own Instagram account, and in other ways try to get more people to discover the book. The success of this will be mostly dependent on how good the readers find Article Three, though.
To ensure that the book is a great read I have worked hard to create a story that is fast-paced and interesting, has loveable characters and a flawless language. The translation is done professionally and I have been engaged in the process, making sure the English version reflects the original.
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