Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Spotlight: Control by Lydia Kang

Author: Lydia Kang
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: December 26, 2013

An un-putdownable thriller for fans of Uglies
When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.
A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.

Author Interview

What were your three favorite things about writing Control?
1. Letting my imagination go totally out there.
2. Creating the mutant characters in Carus House
3. Writing the club scene (I'm not really a party girl so it was fun to live vicariously through the characters!)

What was your least favorite?
Doing revisions. There were a lot! I love first drafts, but revisions sort of kill me.

If Control had a theme song what would it be?
Waiting for the End, by Linkin Park. The lyrics could easily have been said by Zelia, the main character. Especially this part:
"This is not what I had planned
It's out of my control"

Do you have a favorite line or quote you'd like to share from Control?
From Zel's father's poem:
Remember kindness.
Warmth should be shared,
For a hoard does not make a home.
Life without kindness
Is darkness itself.

What was the last book you read and loved?
Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell.

About The Author
Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband, three children, and a terrarium full of stick bugs.

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