Title: State of Allegiance
Series: Collapse #9
Author: Summer Lane
Publication date: February 24, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Be brave. Be vigilant. But above all, be loyal.
In the wake of a dangerous but successful mission to
Yukon City in Alaska, Cassidy Hart now finds herself
back in California, at the naval air station in San Diego.
Together, she and Chris now face their most
terrifying threat yet: nuclear destruction.
Surviving in a world gone nuclear is easier said than
done. Faced with the prospect of being wiped off the
face of the earth by Omega’s nuclear arsenal, Cassidy,
Chris and their fellow rebel friends stage an incredible,
daring journey into the Pacific Rim with the hope that
they will be able to seize a weapon that could turn
the tide of the war in the militia’s favor.
The clock of the apocalypse is counting down.
Choices must be made. Relationships will be strained.
True love will be put to the ultimate test.
It’s militias versus Omega. Hope versus destruction.
Where does your allegiance lie?
A Few Words from Summer Lane
Cassidy Hart is still alive! After 9 installments in the Collapse Series, she still manages to evade death, and to outsmart her enemies. Some people might say that she is “too lucky,” but let’s face it: who wants to read about a character that’s going to die? In fact, the entire premise of the Collapse Series is a group of extraordinarily driven people who will do anything and everything to survive. That’s what makes their story worth telling.
The concept of living off the grid is one that utterly fascinates me. I have an inner “wild woman,” so to speak. I feed her by reading books about the wilderness, survival and military adventures. I think that the apocalypse is the perfect setting for my characters because it throws them into an environment that makes everything harder, crazier and more dangerous.
As a post-apocalyptic author, I definitely believe that it’s important to be prepared for any emergency or disaster! I have jugs and jugs of pure water stored away in my closet, along with cans of food, matches, blankets, boots and more. You never know when something is going to shift in your world and force you to take major evasive action. And to answer a question that is frequently asked of me: yes, I have become much more prepared for an emergency over the course of writing this series, and all of the stories contained within its universe (16 books so far!).
Staying alive, at least in Collapse, is entirely dependent on three elements, adaptation, skill and luck. Cassidy’s ability to adapt to the new world was the first thing that helped her to survive. Second, not only did she adapt, but she forged new, strong skills that put her at the top of the food chain. Lastly, she’s had a good amount of luck – all good heroes do! Yet her luck is primarily made herself, and by her friends. What’s the lesson here? When in doubt, make your own luck!
So what do I think are the main things that we can do, here in our everyday life, to stay alive? Here’s my advice:
- Always be prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.
- Never underestimate the power of scared people to do stupid things (and avoid those people!).
- Keep food, water, medicine, clothing and any weapons (your rubber-band gun counts, right? *wink*) easily accessible at all times. You never know when disaster may strike!
- Never assume that you are safe. Like Cassidy Hart, be aware that every moment is dangerous, and be on your guard!
- Consider acquiring an animal companion, like a dog. They are great guardians and faithful friends.
Remember, the apocalypse will show you no mercy…be ready to fight back!
About the Author
Summer owns WB Publishing. She is an accomplished journalist and creative writing teacher. She also owns an online magazine, Writing Belle, where she has interviewed and worked with countless authors from around the globe.
Summer lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, where she enjoys reading, collecting tea, visiting the beach and the mountains, and counting down the days until she has her very own puppy (if you’ve read Bravo: Apocalypse Mission, you’ll understand).
Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
- Grand Prize: Collapse Prize Pack; $20 Amazon Gift Card,
Collectible Collapse Tote Bag, Magnetic Cassidy Hart Calendar,
Collapse Tee-Shirt, Special Edition Pen, Autographed Copy
of Bravo: Apocalypse Mission, Bravo Plush and Wristband,
and Personal Note from Summer Lane, the author.
- Runner-Up 1: $10 Amazon Gift Card
- Runner-Up 2: $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
Enter the drawing here.