Tuesday, March 19, 2013

******IMITATION BLOG TOUR******

Today is my part in Heather Hildenbrands Blog Tour for
Imitation!!!
A wee review ;)
Author Interview
And a GIVEAWAY for a necklace designed for Imitation!
 
Everyone is exactly like me.
There is no one like me.

The rough fabric of my cotton nightgown chafes so I lie very still. They say my discomfort comes from being built like one accustomed to niceties. How is that fair when I myself have never experienced anything but copies of the real thing?

My entire life is an imitation.
I am an Imitation.

I’ve been here five years. Training. Preparing. Waiting.
And now I have a letter.
My assignment has begun.
I am a prisoner.
I am not Raven Rogen.
I am here to die.

Now, I've heard a lot that the reason people are iffy about buying Imitation is because of the synopsis. People feel it's rather vague and doesn't give enough insight to what the books about.
The reason why that is the way it is is because there's so much in the story, and to the story, that to reveal much about the story would lead people to miss out on a lot of what-the-ef moments (and this book is chalked full of them).
Besides, who likes a spoil sport?
So, I've decided to do a wee bit of a review, just to give you guys an insiders scoop to the book (warning: its not the full review, that will come at a later time)

This is futuristic. If you have the money and the influence, you'll get an 'imitation' of yourself. Basically a clone. They are raised away from society and few know of their existence (including some of the people that have clones of themselves). Ven is the MC, she's also an imitation. She's taken from her secluded life with the other imitations and thrust into the life of whom she was made for... only thing is is that she's tasting her taste of 'life' because they need her, the imitation, to draw out the people who are trying to kill the REAL Raven Rogen... *cue the creepy music*... but she soon discovers that not everything is as it seems, and she'll have to make a choice that will either benefit imitations like her, or destroy everything society has worked so hard for. So lots of action, mystery, suspense AND a really really swoon worthy romance
 
Interview

1) How did you come up with the idea of Imitation?
Heather: I was wandering through my local library one day with my son -- he LOVES the non-fiction section. Mostly books about animals but his curiosity is broad, like mine--and came across a book/section about clones. I was immediately intrigued and thought, "wouldn't that make an awesome concept for a story?" And then I thought how cool it would be if the main character WAS the clone, because how do you root for someone that isn't even real? It was a challenge of sorts. And I can't pass up a challenge. ;) 

2) When you wrote imitation, did you think about the sociological awakening that it would have in its readers?

Heather: Ummm, no, I just thought it sounded cool. #deepthoughts

3) When you started the story line for Imitation, what key points/feelings did you want to get across to the readers?

Heather: Ven's initial feeling of resignation to a life she didn't choose and then the temptation for hopelessness she struggles with. She wonders what she has to live for and why bother trying to preserve her life. She has to look for reasons to want to live. And she finds them in the little things, at first, which lead to a bigger purpose. I love that. Sometimes, it's the little things that matter A LOT.

4)To me, Imitation lays a great deal of emphasis on human depravity and greed. would you agree? And why.

Heather: YES. I think there is a large part of the world now that is the same way. It may be more extreme in Imitation but it's based on a real sense of the world NOW. If we had more of an attitude of "sharing" instead of "take, take, take" I think poverty wouldn't be such an issue. At least, not on the scale it exists today.

5) What, to you, is the psychological turmoil for the Imitations when they're sent to replace their humans?

Heather: Knowing that no matter what they do, whether they are successful in their mission or not, they will be terminated in the end. With a fate like that, why even bother trying to live? I think it would be devastatingly hopeless to know nothing you do will ever really make a difference.

6) What can we look forward to with the continuation of the series?

Heather: Ven's growing sense of purpose. Her secret dream is to be human. Her secret goal is to leave a mark, make a difference--something that will last after she's gone. At the end of book 1, you see that start to take shape for her. It will grow bigger in book 2. She will start to find herself.


 And Now, Ze Giveaway! Up for grabs is
THIS!
Isn't it pretty?
This necklace was influenced by Imitation ;)
 
The Giveaway will last UNTIL Friday at Midnight!