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The Flow Series by Clare Littlemore - Book Tour + Giveaway


Flow 
The Flow Series Book 1 
by Clare Littlemore 
Genre: YA Dystopian Fiction 


A flooded future. A relationship torn apart.

When 16-year old Quin's best friend Harper fails The Beck's assessment, will she ever see her again?

Regular appraisals are part of life in The Beck, a walled-in community constantly threatened by floodwaters. But when the shocking results of the most recent test are revealed, Quin knows her world is about to change forever.

Wrenched from Agric, where she has lived and worked for years, Quin finds herself thrown into the unfamiliar Patrol Sector. Yearning for her lost friend, struggling to adjust to her new surroundings, she begins to question the society she thought she knew.

And then she meets the mysterious Cam, who seems willing to break the rules for her. Determined to find Harper, Quin enlists his help. But when she discovers the horrifying truth, it might just destroy her.

If you devour fast-paced, addictive stories with compelling characters who inhabit intriguing futures, you’ll love The Flow Series. 




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Break
The Flow Series Book 2 


Broken.

It’s been three months since Quin transferred to Patrol and discovered the terrifying truth about the community she lives in. Citizens of The Beck are disposable and those in charge are capable of terrible cruelty. Vowing to protect those around her, Quin has joined the Resistance. But she knows she is risking everything.

Rebellion of any kind must be secretive and clever. Gathering enough people to fight seems like an impossible task. When those closest to her are directly threatened, Quin knows she has to act. But time is running out. Governance will stop at nothing to protect the world it has worked to build. In the end, Quin must decide how far she is prepared to go to rescue the ones she loves.

Break is the second in the Flow series, which follows Quin as she struggles to carve out a future in the harsh regime she was born into.




Drift
The Flow Series Book 3 


She wanted freedom. But freedom comes at a price.

Quin believed that a life away from The Beck would make her happy. But when a cruel twist of fate forces her to leave sooner than planned, she struggles to come to terms with her new reality. Haunted by memories of the people she left behind, she finds herself wishing she was back in Patrol, with Cam by her side.

Cut off from The Beck, the escapees carve out a new existence on a small island. Tentative bonds are formed, but as disputes surface and rebellion is threatened, Quin quickly realises that their new home isn’t the sanctuary she had imagined. And when one of her fellow citizens is willing to go to desperate measures to save those he loves, he puts the entire community in danger.

As they hatch a daring plan to save themselves, Quin is faced with a terrible choice: protect her friends or follow her heart.

Drift is the third in the Flow series, which follows Quin as she battles to forge a new life in unfamiliar territory without the man she has come to depend on.




Quell
The Flow Series Book 4 


One battle. One chance to change the future. 

Having survived the deadly virus that endangered her new community, Quin is devastated to learn that the same sickness threatens The Beck. With Adams and his Shadow Patrol in charge, Cam and her friends are in mortal danger. 

The rebels know they’re not strong enough to take on The Beck’s government alone. The only way to succeed is to join forces with The Ridge. But their alliance is built on tenuous threads: one wrong move could destroy their hopes forever. 

As Quin steels herself for the final battle, a shocking revelation leaves her wondering what she is willing to sacrifice in the name of freedom. 

Quell is the fourth and final book in the Flow series, which follows Quin and her allies into the ultimate battle to save The Beck. 


My Top Ten Favourite Books:
1.       The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I read this at university and was horrified, yet fascinated by the idea of women’s rights being so horribly curtailed, yet the plausibility with which Atwood presented it. Looking around today, some of her ideas weren’t far wrong…

2.       The entire Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
I actually lined up at midnight to be among the first to buy The Half Blood Prince, and read The Deathly Hallows with a month-old baby alternately feeding / sleeping in my lap.

3.       Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I’m an English Literature teacher, so I have to include at least one classic! I began reading this when I had to teach it, and to be honest I found the first section pretty hard-going, but by the time I’d finished it, I’d fallen in love with the characters, especially the spirited female ones. I was fascinated by the idea that someone writing in the days when women were largely second-class citizens could present characters like Elizabeth and Jane Bennett who were so determined and brave.

4.       The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
There should be no surprises that I enjoy good dystopian fiction, and The Hunger Games has now become a classic, in my opinion, at least! The entire series was enthralling, and I love the fact that Katniss is such a flawed character who often gets it wrong.

5.       Divergent by Veronica Roth
Another dystopian book that I loved. I found Divergent a real page turner, and the relationship between Tris and Four was very compelling. The rest of the series, I was less enamoured by. Though I wasn’t one of the fans who swore never to read one of Roth’s books again after she killed off a certain key character… 😉

6.       The Host by Stephenie Meyer – lesser known than Twilight, but Meyer’s stand-alone book is a great dystopian read. I love this book for the way it combines romance with sci-fi, and for Meyer’s intriguing take on the love triangle. You think it can’t be resolved, and then she manages it. I wasn’t sure the ending worked as well in the film though, for obvious reasons. No spoilers though, in case you haven’t read it.

7.       The Grant County / Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter – as well as dystopian literature, I love a good thriller, and anything Slaughter writes is gripping. She has a real knack for creating characters I want to root for, despite their very real flaws. I adore the relationship she has created between Special Agent Will Trent and Coroner Sara Linton, both damaged people who struggle to be together. Their pain and frustration is so real. It’s this, and not the crime they’re investigating, that keeps me coming back for more.

8.       Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (in truth, any of the Cormoran Strike series) - Though I know I’ve kind of featured Rowling twice on this list, I can’t help it: she’s a total hero of mine. And moving from fantasy to thriller, plus changing her target audience, hasn’t made her books any less compelling. Like Will Trent, Cormoran Strike is a very flawed hero, but it makes me root for him all the more. (I must be a sucker for a damaged male protagonist…)

9.       The Gruffalo (or anything) by Julia Donaldson – it would be remiss of me not to mention some children’s books in my list of favourites, partly because reading was such an important part of my own childhood, and partly because I adore reading to my own children. And although Julia Donaldson wasn’t writing in the 70s and 80s when I was a child, she became a major part of my life from 2007 onwards, when my son was born. I have yet to bring myself to part with any of her books, though my children are long past reading them now. I bought one of her latest offerings, The Smeds and the Smoos, for my niece for Christmas and couldn’t resist taking a peek at it before I wrapped it up. It’s essentially Romeo and Juliet for 2-3 year olds (with a happier ending), and I almost wept at the beauty of its words.

10.   Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Madow – Another children’s book, though this one is aimed at a slightly older audience and contains some pretty distressing scenes. Some people believe that children should be protected from disturbing things, which to some extent is true, but I feel like books are a healthy way of introducing children to some of the darker aspects of our world, especially when accompanied by an adult who the reader can ask questions of when they’re finished. I have taught Goodnight Mister Tom (along with The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, for that matter) in high schools for years now, and they never fail to bring about a healthy, interesting discussion.

11.   Oops! I said ‘Top Ten’ didn’t I? I could go on all day, but perhaps I’d better leave it there…


Clare Littlemore is a young adult dystopian and sci-fi author who thrives on fictionally destroying the world in as many ways as she possibly can. 

She was born in Durham, in the UK. Her parents were both teachers, and she grew up in a world surrounded by books. She has worked for most of her life as a teacher of English at various high schools in England, where she has shared her passion for books with hundreds of teenagers. In 2013 she began writing her own fiction, got totally hooked, and hasn’t stopped since. 

Clare lives in Warrington in the North West of England with her husband and two children. 





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2 comments:

  1. How long did it take you to write your most recent book? Congrats on the release.

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  2. Hi Bernie, Thanks for getting in touch. My most recent book probably took me around 5-6 months to write, plus editing and redrafting. I'm not a very fast writer, I'm afraid!! My new series I'm plotting more carefully and hoping that I can get through it more quickly! ;-)

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