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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Guest Post with Jade Kerrion of When the Silence Ends

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At the Other End:
 When you choose your friends, you also choose your enemies.

Seventeen-year old Dee wants nothing more than to help her twin brother, Dum, break free from the trauma in their childhood and speak again, but the only person who can help Dum is the alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, whom the U.S. government considers a terrorist and traitor.

The search for Danyael will lead Dee and Dum from the sheltered protection of the Mutant Affairs Council and into the violent, gang-controlled heart of Anacostia. Ensnared by Danyael’s complicated network of friends and enemies, Dee makes her stand in a political and social war that she is ill equipped to fight. What can one human, armed only with her wits and pepper spray, do against the super-powered mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution?

America, nevertheless, is ripe for transformation. Exhausted by decades of belligerence between humans and their genetic derivatives—the clones, in vitros, and mutants—society is on the verge of falling apart or growing up. Dee, with her sassy attitude and smart mouth, is the unwitting pebble that starts the avalanche of change. In her quest to help her brother become normal, Dee will finally learn what it means to be extraordinary.


What Amazon reviewers are saying: 5 stars! “Wow! When the Silence Ends is captivating! I laughed, I cried, but overall I could not put it down… Forget Harry Potter and Twilight. Every young adult should read this book!”


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Author Bio...

Jade Kerrion unites cutting-edge science and bioethics with fast-paced action in her award- winning Double Helix series. Perfection Unleashed and its sequels, Perfect Betrayal and Perfect Weapon, have been described as “a breakout piece of science fiction” and drawn rave reviews for their originality and vision. Her latest novel, When the Silence Ends, is a Young Adult spin off the Double Helix series. She is also the author of Earth-Sim, a whimsical and compelling view of Earth’s history through the eyes of the two students assigned to manage our planet.


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Humans in the World of the Double Helix


My YA novel, When the Silence Ends, is set in an Earth transformed by the Genetic Revolution. It’s an Earth you’d recognize. People drive cars and use tablets and cell phones. Washington D.C. is still where it is, and it’s still the capital of a thriving, prosperous, and democratic nation. The only real difference is that humans exist alongside their derivatives—the clones, in vitros, and mutants.

Some people find the juxtaposition of such extreme advances in science and genetics odd against what is essentially a “contemporary” Earth. Why didn’t I set the novel in Earth’s distance future?

The answer, quite simply, is that the extreme advances in science and genetics are happening today. Let’s test your knowledge of bioengineering. Which of the following is true?

1. We used genetic engineering to create hybrid creatures, like the goat-sheep, and the camel-llama

2. We used genetic engineering to transfer bioluminescent genes from coral and deep-sea jellyfish to create glow-in-the-dark mice, cats, dogs, pigs, and monkeys

3. We cloned animals, including sheep, dogs, and horses

4. We used genetic engineering to create animals that excrete pharmaceutical products in their milk and other bodily fluids

5. We used genetic engineering to preserve endangered species, creating animals that possess the nuclear DNA of the endangered species, and the mitochondrial DNA of the host species…in effect, a genetic hybrid

6. We created bug-bots by implanting wires in the central nervous system of insects, and we can now control their movements, including flight

7. We created organic robots by implanting wires in the central nervous system of rats, and we can now control what they do

8. We wired a monkey to control a third artificial arm entirely through its brain waves

9. We genetically engineered rats with pliable skin in order to grow human organs (e.g., ear) under their skin for eventual transplant to a human

10. We used organic computer chips made out of rat neurons to control a flight simulator

11. We isolated a brain of a lamprey eel and placed it in a nutrient medium, surrounded by electrodes. The living, intact brain controls a machine that moves toward the light (in much the same way a lamprey eel moves toward the light)

12. We used a DNA synthesizer to create an artificial organic cell. (Isn’t that an oxymoron?) The computer is its parent

If you answered “Yes” to all of these, you are right. All of these are true. In this article, George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard University says, “The cheap human genome was supposed to arrive 50 years from now. It arrived this year (2012.)” Science fiction is now science fact. Today, we possess an unprecedented control over bioengineering, an area that remains largely unregulated by governments. The Genetic Revolution is advancing faster than you think, and it would not be a far stretch to imagine a world that still looks much like ours does today, but where humans exist alongside clones, in vitros, and mutants.

Just as America once wrestled with the issue of racial equality, the country now wrestles with the challenges of social equality in the face of genetic inequality. In When the Silence Ends, Dee struggles with the challenges of being human and ordinary in a world increasingly dominated by the genetically privileged but socially discriminated clones, in vitros, and mutants. It’s a story about the power of ordinary, and how just being human can sometimes be just exactly what the world needs.



~ Jade Kerrion


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting my blog tour. I really appreciate it.

    Love, Jade

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