For Davis Morrow, perfection is a daily reality. Like all Priors, Davis has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or “Imps.” A fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads and finally living up to her mother’s legacy when she meets Cole, a mysterious boy who leaves her with more questions each time he disappears.
Davis has no idea that Cole has his own agenda, or that he’s a rising star in the FEUDS, an underground fighting ring where Priors gamble on Imps. Cole has every reason to hate Davis—her father’s campaign hinges on the total segregation of the Imps and Priors—but despite his best efforts, Cole finds himself as drawn to Davis as she is to him.
Then Narxis, a deadly virus, takes its hold–and Davis’s friends start dying. When the Priors refuse to acknowledge the epidemic, Davis has no one to turn to but Cole. Falling in love was never part of their plan, but their love may be the only thing that can save her world…in Avery Hastings’s Feuds.
Avery Hastings is an author and former book editor from New York City. Avery grew up in Ohio, graduated in 2006 from the University of Notre Dame and earned her MFA from the New School in 2008. When she’s not reading or writing, Avery can usually be spotted lying around in the park with her affable dog. Like her protagonists, she knows how to throw a powerful right hook and once dreamed of becoming a ballerina. In addition to New York, Avery has recently lived in Mumbai and Paris, but is happy to call Brooklyn home (for now).
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
-1st edition of Matilda, by Roald Dahl (preferably with a note inscribed to his editor)–It’s the first novel I read again and again, and is responsible for much of my macabre sense of humor.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
-I’d buy my parents a tour of Asia and a motorcycle for me!
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
– “Join Me for a Writing Date and Subsequent Happy Hour”
-I rely on my boyfriend and roommate to “teach” me about music, since music wasn’t celebrated in my house growing up (certain types were forbidden), and since then I’ve been playing catchup. Recent faves: Phosphorescent, The National, Andrew Bird, Spiritualized, Angel Olsen, Dum Dum Girls, Neutral Milk Hotel. (The aforementioned guys have great taste.) Since childhood, though, I’ve been haunted by “Lara’s Theme” from Dr. Zhivago.
– My dog’s paws–to everyone else, they smell like mud. To me, they smell like tortilla chips.
Tennis–I was team captain in high school!
If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
-I often have 24 hours alone by choice, since I work from home! But without any obligations and assuming I’m staying in NYC: I would wake up early, go to my favorite French pastry shop for breakfast (Maison Kayser), read/picnic in Prospect Park with my dog, treat myself to a pedicure (my heels need it), explore the Natural History Museum, take advantage of the dollar Oysters at Maison Premiere, dig around the shelves of Community Bookstore in Cobble Hill, watch live music or an outdoor movie (obviously this 24 hours is happening in the summer), take a train up to the Catskills and set up camp next to a lake, wake up and brew coffee with my favorite French Press over a campfire and eat leftover French pastries with the sun shining overhead.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
One of the Brothers Grimm
Favorite quote from a movie?
– “I love to fly. It’s just, you’re alone with peace and quiet, nothing around you but clear, blue sky. No one to hassle you. No one to tell you where to go or what to do. The only bad part about flying is having to come back down to the f*ing world.”–Streetwise
Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
– As long as there’s sincere thought put into it, I’m happy. But I can’t think of anything big and expensive that would hold meaning for me–so a bunch of small gifts, please!
What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
-If it’s warm out, I’d like to run around in it for a while. Then I would go home and make a bubble bath and hot chocolate and curl up to a really good TV or movie marathon–maybe True Detective (which I still haven’t worked my way through!) or the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice (my go-to on sick days as a kid).
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
– If I were to choose another career path, I’d be a neuropsychologist.
If you could take over the world, would you?
– Nope! I’m a Pisces. A Pisces would never take over the world. We are content to be dreamers and observers. We intuit well and are highly empathic, but are not typically leaders.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
Silence–I find music way too distracting, because I want to listen to the oft-beautiful lyrics. I can only write to classical music, music I don’t like, or white noise (the din of a busy coffee shop)
– Anais Nin