Book Tour: Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes
Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Published: April 5, 2016
Genre: YA Fiction, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Page Length: 250 pages
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Under the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century’s world’s government- The Sovereign Regime- control is made possible by the identity chip implanted in every human being, recording everything that is seen, done, and experienced.
No more bank accounts.
No more smart phones.
No more secrets.
When Goro inadvertently overhears an exchange of sensitive information, causing him to confront the truth about his world and prompting him to choose his true loyalties, his dream of revolution kicks into high gear. Goro doesn’t know he has covert intel in his possession both the SR and the resistance movement are desperate to acquire.
Determined to attempt the impossible task of bringing down the world government, he and his closest friends gain access to the key to ultimately deciding who has sovereignty.
But who will get to Goro first: The resistance or the Sovereign Regime?
Interview with the Author
Me: What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Anjenique: When I sat down to write my first book, I was on a serious roll. I knocked out 75% of the book in just one month, writing every single day. It was fabulous- however, I had to halt, because I was going on vacation to China for 5 weeks (I know, tough life). The hardest thing ever was getting back into the groove once I returned from Asia. It took me FOREVER to finish the last section of the book- I learned a valuable lesson: as much as possible, plan your life so you aren’t interrupted when you’re in an awesome writing groove! ☺
Me: What is the easiest thing about writing?
Anjenique: The easiest thing is having the ideas. Putting them down on paper is fairly easy as well. Getting the book published in the traditional way is one of the hardest. There are so many talented authors out there who have written amazing books (I am sure!) who have had a rough time getting them published. It is a daunting task to get a novel published, if you aren’t going the self-published route. Perseverance doesn’t always pan out; it’s a matter of getting your book into the right hands.
Me: Where do you write?
Anjenique: I usually write in a coffee shop. However, my most fruitful periods of writing have come from plugging away on my desk in my own room! It just depends: wherever I can get into “the zone” then that’s where I will set up shop. ☺
Me: What do you mean when you say “the zone?”
Anjenique: I refer to “the zone” as a place where the writing, dialogue, plot, ideas, anything and everything just flows out of my brain effortlessly. It’s a little hard to describe. My favorite author, Michael Connelly, usually refers to it as “catching the wave.” You get on a roll and the writing comes naturally and everything seems to work that particular day.
Me: Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
Anjenique: At first I had my brother edit my book. He had experience editing books prior to mine and he was phenomenal at helping me in the beginning. He was a huge support and source of encouragement. After I obtained a publisher, there was a point in which I had 4 different editors working on it at one time! I have a huge amount of respect for editors; it’s a tough job!
Me: Thanks so much Anjenique for taking your time to answer these review questions. I love the reference to “in the zone” that is what I say when I’m writing and my husband interrupts me. I say, “You messed me up, I was in the zone!” Traveling makes for a great writer. It was fun getting to learn a little bit more about you! Read on for my review on Sovereignty…
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was well thought out and imaginative. In the beginning it moved a little slow for me but it quickly picked up and got interesting very quickly. There were unexpected twists around every corner. It was action-packed and held my attention and kept me interested. There was never a dull moment. I loved how every chapter started with a quote. They went very well with each chapter and they were some great quotes from some fantastic people.
The characters were very diverse. I loved their unique names. In the beginning of the book some of their lingo was a little silly for me but it calmed down pretty much by the middle of the book. It was interesting reading a book from a guy’s point of view. The entire story was told from the main character’s point of view. It was a nice change of pace for me reading a book from one guy’s point of view. So many books that I have read lately have had alternate point of views. You don’t feel like you are missing out on anything by only getting Goro’s point of view for the whole story. It was done very well. Goro was sarcastic, funny, caring, and strong, a little bit ornery but strong when he needed to be.
This book is not by any means a romance, but you get a little hint of it in the story. For the most part this book is tragic, its about survival in a world full of chaos. It’s about hope and taking back personal freedom. There were some happy and funny moments, so it’s not all grim. It is a story where you will fight for the underdog. It will have you cheering them along and feeling like you are right there with them.
I feel that there is still more to the story and I have some ideas about some things that are going on in the end. I am interested to read the next book in the series and hopefully see if I was right or not. It will be very interesting to see where the story goes from here. I have a feeling there is plenty more excitement and shocking moments to come. I can’t wait for the next one!
About the Author:
With master’s degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique “Jen” Hughes is a high school English and math teacher who loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is “young at heart” is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.
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