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Today I’m on the ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ blogtour, organised by Booktamins.
About the Author :
Anna Mocikat was born in Warsaw, Poland, but spent most of her life in Germany where she attended film school, worked as a screenwriter and a game writer for several years. Her “MUC” novels have been nominated for the most prestigious awards for Fantasy and Science-Fiction in Germany. In 2016 Anna moved to the USA where she continued her writing career. “Shadow City” was her debut in English in 2019. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and is a proud dog-mom of three rescues who assist her when she’s writing.
Title: Behind Blue Eyes
Publication day: 20th May 2020
Genres: Science Fiction
They are the perfect hybrid between human and machine. They are the next step in the evolution of mankind. And when they come after you, nothing in the world will save you… Welcome to the year 2095. Society has overcome everything that made human life miserable. It has become a utopia — so perfect that it needs killer cyborgs to hunt down anyone who disagrees with it. Nephilim isn’t just any elite death squad member, she is the best. Genetically and cybernetically enhanced, she and others like her strike terror wherever they go. Knowing nothing besides this lifestyle, Nephilim believes that she’s part of a righteous cause. But everything changes for her after a hostile EMP attack. She suffers a severe system glitch. Disconnected from the grid, for the first time in her life, she begins doubting the system. Shortly after the attack, she meets Jake. He is a 100% biological human, and she falls in love with him. Jake helps her discover that everything she had believed in was a lie. But there is no walking away from the system. And soon, Nephilim finds herself hunted by members of her own death squad. In an era of deception, who can she trust? And in this brave new world, is there a place for love between a human and a cyborg? Behind Blue Eyes is a fast-paced, cinematic action story in a dystopian setting. It’s a modern-day version of 1984 – on steroids.
Guest Post :
My new book Behind Blue Eyes is a Cyberpunk Noir Thriller in the tradition of Phillip K. Dick and his classic, Blade Runner.
However, it’s also a completely different story with a new approach.
The main character is female, but no damsel in distress; her motives are ambiguous. Nephilim is a killer-cyborg, a cold-blooded enforcer for a totalitarian, dystopian system.
It was my intention to create a heroine, who is also a villain – at least at the beginning of the story.
Behind Blue Eyes is set in a future in which three mega-corporations have taken over the world. They are in constant war with each other, and their proxies in this never-ending battle are genetically and cybernetically enhanced super-soldiers – cyborgs.
The location for the story is a futuristic Atlanta, now called Olympias City I. I picked Atlanta purposely because it’s an uncommon location for a Sci-Fi/Cyberpunk story and because I know the city quite well. Living in South Carolina, I visit Atlanta frequently.
Olympias City I, a gigantic mega-city, has been built over former Atlanta, leaving only parts of the former metropolis standing, such as, for example, Downtown, which is now called Oldtown, because it’s so old-fashioned in the year 2095.
Locals will recognize many locations that I used and modified into a futuristic world, such as the subway system MARTA, the Underground Mall, and the famous Atlanta Aquarium.
Everybody else will hopefully have fun exploring a futuristic mega-city like none they have ever seen before!
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