WELCOME TO MORGANVILLE.
YOU'LL NEVER WANT TO LEAVE.
So, you're new to Morganville. Welcome, new resident! There are only a few important rules you need to know to feel comfortable in our quiet little town:
* Obey the speed limits.
* Don't litter.
* Whatever you do, don't get on the bad side of the vampires.
Yeah, we said vampires. Deal with it.
As a human newcomer, you'll need to find yourself a vampire Protector--someone willing to sign a contract to keep you and yours from harm (especially from the other vampires). In return, you'll pay taxes . . . just like in any other town. Of course, in most other towns, those taxes don't get collected by the Bloodmobile.
Oh, and if you decide not to get a Protector, you can do that, too . . . but you'd better learn how to run fast, stay out of the shadows, and build a network of friends who can help you. Try contacting the residents of the Glass House--Michael, Eve, Shane, and Claire. They know their way around, even if they always end up in the middle of the trouble somehow.
Welcome to Morganville. You'll never want to leave.
And even if you do . . . well, you can't.
Sorry about that.
Welcome to Stop 9 on the 12 Days of Morganville. Today we will be featuring Ghost Town, giving away a copy (US ONLY) and posting an interview with Rachel Caine!
While developing a new system to maintain Morganville's defenses, student Claire Danvers discovers a way to amplify vampire mental powers. Through this, she's able to re-establish the field around this vampire-infested Texas college town that protects it from outsiders.
But the new upgrades have an unexpected consequence: people inside the town begin to slowly forget who they are-even the vampires. Soon, the town's little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment- before she forgets how to save Morganville..
As we know, we here at AwesomeSauce are huge fans of the Morganville Vampire series and Rachel Caine. This book is no different. From the beginning of this book you are pulled in and it was near to impossible for me to stop reading it. Morganville is just as deadly as ever. Claire is working with Myrnin to build a new computer system to control the portals and things in the ciity. Things don't go quite as planned when vampires and humans alike start to forget random information. Even worse, Myrnin forgets who Claire is. So she alone has to repair the computer before things get truly out of hand.
I enjoyed this book as much as I've enjoyed the rest of the series. The characters are really developing and growing together. Claire is such a great character. Even though she's so young, she is so strong, mature, and just capable. I really enjoy that in a main character. All of the other characters are great as well. I really enjoy Amelie. She's so hard but you get these glimpses of her and you can see why she does the things that she does.
It's really exciting to see these books progress and see the new things that Morganville brings to us. It's a premise that I've not read before. The fact that there is not a love triangle bodes so well for me, especially when it's usually so prominent in Y.A. books. The writing and story line are both excellent. These are books that we discuss and keep discussing. Claire and Morganville are always mentioned whenever our favorite series or main characters are brought up.
1. What kicked off the concept for this book?
Sometimes you start from a single image or moment, and for me, this one kicked off from imaging Claire waking up with Shane in the morning, and Shane not having a clue who she was. And all the attendant horror and drama of that.
2. Which character do I think stood out in this book, and why?
It seems really obvious, but Claire, because she’s the one constantly dealing with the world changing around her as everything falls away – friends, enemies, even Shane. She’s the one who has to hold it together.
3. Five things I loved about writing this book:
A. Trying to imagine what the characters were like when reset a few years.
B. Monica in high school. Not really that different.
C. Getting to reset Shane prior to all of his tragedies – fun as a writer, and painful as a character.
D. Claire’s growing fear that she’ll be sucked into the “reset” as well … but when?
E. Myrnin’s reset took him back to a time when he was completely mental. That was fun. (But not for anyone else.)
4. Five things I didn't love about writing this book
A. Actually, not a whole lot. I adored writing Morganville regressing in time, except for Claire.
B. It was a bit of a timeline tangle trying to figure out who was where in their own minds, and how to match that up with what was happening in the present.
C. Not enough actual ghosts.
D. It was pretty tough to imagine why anyone would trust Claire who hadn’t seen what she was capable of doing; Amelie especially. Not sure I sold that quite as well as I’d hoped.
E. Could have done Shane’s wakeup scene better, because I wanted so much from it. That’s the pitfall of anticipating something so eagerly. Sometimes you can’t match reality to imagination.
I’m not sure I’d change a whole lot, but perhaps I’d work on the whole scientific aspect of how Ada’s ghostly presence influenced what Myrnin was trying to do in fixing the machine.
6. Favorite quoted passage from the book
She gave up. "What is it?"
"What do you think it is?"
"It could be anything from a lawn trimmer to a bomb, for all I know."
"I would never build a lawn trimmer." Myrnin said. "What did the lawns ever do to me? No, it's an interface. For the computer."
7. What I learned from this book
You’ve got to keep a file of geography about a long-running series, and accurate timelines. TOUGH.
8. Fun research moment
I read quite a bit about what it was like to lose your memory – either quickly, through trauma, or gradually, through Alzheimer’s. Some of the reactions people had came from direct interaction with some of my relatives afflicted with the latter disease – the fact that once reminded of something, they’d remember and experience a trauma all over again. So not so much “fun” as “sad,” but important.
Thanks so much Rachel for the awesomesauce interview. And I must put in my fan girl moments here.lol I love this series. It is seriously one of my most favorite YA series ever! I read the first 6 books in 4 days! I was just that hooked. And each book is amazing. I just finished the 12th book and it is still freaking unbelievably awesome. So you MUST Check out these books!!
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April 20th: GLASS HOUSES (Book 1)
April 21: THE DEAD GIRLS DANCE (Book 2)
April 22: MIDNIGHT ALLEY (Book 3)
April 23: FEAST OF FOOLS (Book 4)
April 24: LORD OF MISRULE (Book 5)
April 25: CARPE CORPUS (Book 6)
April 26: FADE OUT (Book 7)
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