Author: PJ Sharon
Book title: Waning Moon
Genre: Dystopian YA
Who is your favorite character in this book?: Lily Carmichael
If the book was made into a movie, who would you choose to play the character?: Emma Watson
What do they look like?:
Lily’s iridescent green eyes are a bi-product of the genetic enhancement that gives her the ability to heal. Although she tries to keep her hair short, the sun streaked light brown locks grow out faster than she can keep up with and often hang in her eyes–perhaps by design to cover her other-worldly peepers that draw unwanted attention everywhere she goes. Petite, but lean and strong, Lily’s compassion is what makes her so endearing. It’s also the one trait that may be her downfall.
Describe their character and the role they play in the story.:
Lily is the main character in this dystopian tale, set in the not too distant future–a time when the remaining population is fighting to recover from a widespread pandemic and scrambling to survive a polar shift that has thrust the planet into chaos and certain destruction. Lily’s mother was a geneticist who discovered a way to alter the DNA of in-utero fetuses to make them immune to the virus. Lily is one such child. As a side effect of her genetic alteration, she is able to heal, both herself and others. But when the Industry, a rogue government agency, takes over her mother’s experiments, Lily’s mother dies in childbirth, unleashing Zeph, a child who has the power to take life with just a touch. Lily grows up hiding in the Northeast hills with her uncle and protecting her brother’s terrible secret. If the Industry gets their hands on Lily and Zeph, there’s no telling what they’ll do with them.
Why are they your favorite?:
Lily is protective, loyal, and compassionate–sometimes to a fault. Her healing abilities, while making her a target for the Industry, are also what make her unable to stand by and allow others to suffer. In a world on a collision course with disaster, Lily holds out hope for the planet and tries to see the best in people. She never gives up on those she loves and she’ll do whatever it takes to care not only for her family and friends, but also the strangers she meets along the way. Although sometimes her trust is misplaced, as is the case with her young love interest, Will Callahan, she uses her wits and perseverance to see her through even the most dire of circumstances.That makes her a most likable heroine in my opinion.
What might happen if you met this character?:
I would firstly give her a huge hug! She has endured the tragic loss of her mother, the murder of her father, and a lifetime of struggling to survive–all while protecting her younger brother and trying to teach him to control his deadly ability and use it for good. Then, of course, I would sit down with her and pick her brain about natural remedies, how she goes about healing the way she does, and ask her if she might do something about this pain in my neck.
Anything else you’d like to tell us?:
WANING MOON is the first installment in the Chronicles of Lily Carmichael trilogy. Book one introduces the reader to Lily, Zeph, their Uncle Sam, and a wonderful cast of characters from the small hill town community of Stanton, a village on the verge of recovery. But the polar shift has created huge holes in the ozone that make the midday sun deadly to those who sustain repeated exposure, and without the protection of the government-owned solar barriers, cancers have run rampant. As powerful as Lily’s healing abilities are, she is unable to cure her uncle’s cancer and is forced to travel to the trading city of Albany to procure the medicine needed to treat him. Meeting Will Callahan, a grifter with his own agenda, makes the trip far more dangerous than even Lily imagined. Not only is her life at risk, but so is her heart. The story is full of action, adventure, romance and danger. The journey continues in WESTERN DESERT, book two in the trilogy, when Lily and Will must travel across a decimated U.S. on a dangerous rescue mission. Book three, HEALING WATERS, due out later this year will bring the young duo, along with their Network friends into a head on confrontation for the very survival of mankind.
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