One of my favorite authors, Jay Kristoff, is on the roll. I don’t exactly remember when he launched his debut novel, “Lotus War 1: Stormdancer,” but it might have been in 2013, which was immediately followed by two sequels, “Kinslayer” and “Endsinger.”
This trilogy was amazing. It combined elements such as Steampunk and Japanese culture into one. Even Japanese anime prefer to use the steampunk genre in a Western setting. But somehow Kristoff has pulled off one kick ass story. Though it has received its fair share of criticisms, particularly how the author had mishandled the culture.
But that’s besides the point. As soon as “Endsinger” was released, Kristoff had announced he was co-writing a trilogy set with Amie Kaufman called the “Illuminae Files.” It’s sort of like, “House of Leaves” in space, but 1,000,000 times more readable and enjoyable. “Illuminae” is out now and while the second book, “Gemini” (I can’t remember!) isn’t, Kristoff announced “Nevernight,” the first of his “God’s Grave Chronicles” or something, I’m not sure I got the series’ name right. “Nevernight” is set later this year, and it has an fucking gorgeous book cover that I used as my phone’s wallpaper.
Now, just recently, Kristoff has once again announced on his blog, a new YA story, called “LIFEL1K3.” He pitched it as, and I quote, “Romeo and Juliet meets Bladerunner, while Fury Road plays a guitar solo in the background.”
I’m pretty much sold. By the time the “Nevernight” books are complete no doubt Kristoff would have two or three more stories planned. I just find it deeply inspiring that someone is willing to shed off sleep to write awesome books.
It’s a testimony that sometimes, you just got to write to finish a story, and keep on writing some more. I’ve written before that I’ve 20+ stories locked in a shelf somewhere in the North Pole, and the stacks there are just piling up. Those stories won’t write by themselves, and it’s time to strap up and push forward.
My own trilogy is looking much better than I could hope for. Project Dark’s Book One, codenamed “SIN,” is sticking around 40K words as we speak. I’m aiming for 80K, which I intend to cut to 70K.
I’m now discussing with a friend about designing a kick ass book cover. I showed him Kristoff’s “Nevernight” cover and it blew his eyeballs to Jupiter. He admits he won’t be able to do it. I don’t mind, shouldn’t expect much, really. But I do hope the outcome will look awesome.
More info on this someday! For now, I write until 4am, cause, I got to go to India as a journalist.