Monsters & Mayhem Tour – Darkness in YA Guest Post by Lex Thomas

Monsters and Mayhem

lexAuthor Lex Thomas

Lex Thomas is the pen name for the writing team of Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies. Their first novel, QUARANTINE: THE LONERS, earned a starred review from Booklist, and Huffington Post Books called it “one of the best books that I have ever read.”

Lex received a BA in Drama and English from the University of Virginia and has worked as an actor, director and writer. Thomas graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and now writes, and exhibits his realist oil paintings in Los Angeles.

Lex and Thomas met in a writers’ group in Los Angeles. Their friendship developed as they tried to blow each other’s minds with clips from bizarre movies. In 2005, they became a screenwriting team, and found that writing with a friend is much more fun than doing it alone.

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Guest Post – Darkness in YA

If the question is “How dark is too dark?”, I’m not sure there’s an answer. An author’s obligation is to their story first and foremost. And there will always be some story that will push the boundary of what is acceptable. In our case, we’ve embarked upon a premise that, if we’re being realistic, brings up some pretty nasty issues about humanity that another story might be able to avoid. We didn’t set out to go as dark as we have, but the idea has taken us there. That’s what’s attractive about fiction, that we can explore those feelings that make us flinch and cringe and back away in everyday life. And who’s more attracted to the dark than a teenager who wants to put their childhood behind them? But I’d venture to say that, in the end, it’s not the darkness that keeps teens reading, it’s the perseverance of their hero in spite of the darkness.

*****Please visit Mundie Moms tomorrow for the next stop on the Monsters & Mayhem Blog Tour*****

 

quarantine 2Quarantine: The Saints

A cross between the Gone series and Lord of the Flies, Quarantine #2: The Saints continues this frenetically paced and scary young adult series that illustrates just how deadly high school can be.

Nothing was worse than being locked in–until they opened the door…
McKinley High has been a battle ground for eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When the doors finally open, Will and Lucy will think their nightmare is finished. But they are gravely mistaken.

As a new group of teens enters the school and gains popularity, Will and Lucy join new gangs. An epic party on the quad full of real food and drinks, where kids hookup and actually interact with members of other gangs seemed to signal a new, easier existence. But soon after, the world inside McKinley takes a startling turn for the worse, and Will and Lucy will have to fight harder than ever to survive.
The Saints brings readers back to the dark and deadly halls of McKinley High and the QUARANTINE series.

 

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QuarantineQuarantine: The Loners

McKinley High has been a battleground for the eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When the doors finally open, Will and Lucy think their nightmare is finished. But they are gravely mistaken.

As a new group of teens enters the school and gains popularity, Will and Lucy join new gangs. An epic party on the quad full of real food and drinks, where kids hook tip and actually interact with members of the other gangs, seems to signal a new, easier existence. Soon after, though, the world inside McKinley takes a startling turn for the worse, and Will and Lucy will have to fight harder than ever to survive.

The Saints brings readers back into the dark and deadly halls of McKinley High and the Quarantine series.

 

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 Tour Schedule

September 9th: Lex Thomas at I am a Reader, Not a Writer
September 10th: Ilsa J. Bick at Mundie Moms for MONSTERS BOOK BIRTHDAY
September 11th: Lex Thomas at All Things Urban Fantasy
September 12th: Ilsa J. Bick at Cari’s Book Blog
September 13th: Lex Thomas at Colorimetry
September 16th: Ilsa J. Bick at House of a la Mode
September 17th: Lex Thomas at Read for Your Future
September 18th: Ilsa J. Bick at Katie’s Book Blog
September 19th: Lex Thomas at My Shelf Confessions
September 20th: Ilsa J. Bick at Reading Teen
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Comments

  1. I am DYING to read this series!!! I’m so excited about this giveaway!! Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!!!