June 27, 2013

Excerpt + Giveaway: Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes

Title: Viral Nation
Author: Shaunta Grimes
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Genre: YA Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Language: English
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425265130

After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.

Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.

When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.

***Excerpt from Viral Nation***

Bennett didn’t move. “Did you study the Vietnam War in primary school?”
“Then you’ve heard of the draft?”
This was absurd. “You’re saying I’ve been drafted?”
“We don’t call it drafted, sweetheart.”
“My name is Clover”, so she changed the subject to give herself time to
“Yes. And you have a certain set of skills that makes you invaluable to your country.”
“What skills?”
“The important thing is that we recognize them, and we are equipped to help you learn how to use them.”
Clover didn’t know how to answer that”, so she changed the subject to give herself time to think. “Can I look out your windows?”
Bennett froze, as if she’d shocked him with her request, then shrugged. “Of Course.”

About the Author:
Shaunta Grimes has worked as a substitute teacher, a newspaper reporter, a drug court counselor, and a vintage clothing seller. No matter which direction she strays, however, she always comes back to storytelling. She lives in Reno with her family, where she writes, teaches, and perpetually studies at the University of Nevada. Viral Nation is her debut traditionally-published novel.

Connect with Shaunta:
Email - shauntagrimes@gmail.com

Purchase Links:

5 finished copies of Viral Nation 
US/Canada only
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Viral Nation Tour Schedule
6/15/2013            All Things Urban Fantasy- Guest Post
6/16/2013            Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance- Guest Post 
6/17/2013            Moosubi Reviews!- Guest Post
6/18/2013            Mom With A Kindle- Interview
6/19/2013            Books, Bones & Buffy- Interview
6/20/2013            The Demon Librarian- Guest Post
6/21/2013            YaReads- Interview
6/22/2013            Fantasy Book Addict- Interview
6/23/2013            The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia- Guest Post
6/24/2013            The Reading Diaries- Guest Post
6/25/2013            Curling Up With A Good Book- Guest Post
6/26/2013            Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf- Guest Post
6/27/2013            Jessabella Reads- Excerpt
6/28/2013            Chocolate Coated Reviews- Guest Post
6/29/2013            Reading with ABC- Interview
6/30/2013            BookHounds YA- Interview 


  1. Cool excerpt and giveaway! This book sounds really cool and I like the cover. ;)

  2. I can't wait to read this book!!!

    Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!! ^_^

  3. AnonymousJune 27, 2013

    I'm so excited to be here today! I'll be around if anyone has any questions about Viral Nation.

  4. This sounds like an awesome book! I can't wait to read it :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I got myself a copy of this one last week, and I am looking forward to finding the time to read it. It sounds great. And I LOVE the cover. The bulldog is fantastic!

  6. Really interesting - thanks for the post so I could find out about it!

  7. Sounds awesome! And I'm glad to see an autistic character!

  8. Cool excerpt and giveaway! This book sounds really cool and I like the cover. ;)

  9. This book sounds very interesting! The cover really draws me in too.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Sounds like a really interesting story line. Thanks for the chance.

  11. Awesome excerpt and giveaway; thank you for the chance! I'm glad Clover refused to give up her service dog!

  12. Ooh, this sounds awesome! First, I love sci-fi, and as I've said many times in the past 6 months or so, I'm thrilled to see more and more YA books in this genre! Second, I'm very intrigued by the idea of an autistic main character and very interested to see how the author has written her. I think I've only read one other book that had an autistic MC (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - at least I believe he's autistic) and I love reading about characters outside of "the norm." Thank you for being part of the tour - I hadn't heard of this book until seeing your post!

  13. I like the excerpt- It sound like a unique novel~ Plus, I love how Shaunta follows her passion :)

  14. Sounds really interesting. Too bad it's for canada and US only :(

    But, good luck everyone :)

  15. I'm dying to read this book :) It's been getting such great buzz! Congrats to Shaunta on the release!!!

  16. I really am excited about this!! I love dystopians and will give any dystopian a chance! Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!!


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