"Waiting On" Wednesday: Black City



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Series: The Black City Chronicles
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Deep in the heartland of the United Sentry States are the burning ruins of the Black City, a melting pot simmering with hostility as humans and Darklings struggle to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a brutal and bloody war. A wall now divides the city separating the two races. Trapped on the wrong side of the wall is sixteen-year-old hustler Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling who’ll do whatever it takes to survive, including selling his addictive venom 'Haze' to help support his dying mother.

Then there's Natalie Buchanan, the daughter of the Sentry Emissary, who feels imprisoned by her life of privilege and fame. When their paths cross, they instantly detest each other but Ash is shocked when his once still heart starts to beat. Bonded by a mysterious connection, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they'll be executed. Then Haze users start dying all over the city and Ash discovers the terrible truth behind his and Natalie’s mystical connection. Suddenly, city walls and the threat of execution become the least of their problems.

The cover hasn't been revealed yet, so I used Ash and Natalie's tattoo logo as its replacement. The two hearts represent their dual heart, which are being strangled by rose thorns, representing Purian Rose – the man determined to keep them apart. It was made by Amy from Goths and Goggles.

I love the line about Ash's once still heart starting to beat. It always conjures this image in my mind where everything is dark and silent until I hear the sound of beating that gets louder and louder, realizing later that it's a heartbeat. Like the teaser trailer for the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo here, if you replaced the tattoo needle with a heartbeat. From the sound of the series and the synopsis for Black City, I already have an epic theme song in mind, Two Steps from Hell's Moving Mountains.


Ominous, but with hope and a fighting spirit (the trumpets) that whatever they have to overcome can be defeated.

One of the inspirations for Black City (read the interview here) was a film where a teenager begins to dispense therapeutic advice and prescription drugs to the student body at his new high school in order to become popular called Charlie Barlett starring Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr. and Kat Dennings.


And the image below was an inspiration for the world the story is set in.


Elizabeth Richards used to review videogames, which sounds like such a cool job and like me has a fascination with volcanoes. She's seen Stromboli, Mt. Etna and Vesuvius – which is the one that started my fascination with them.

62 comments:

  1. Very interesting! I can't believe I've never seen "Charlie Bartlett" (I love Robert Downey). I love anything dystopian and this sounds really intriguing. Thanks for sharing-- and stopping by!

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  2. Wow this sounds really good and interesting! I haven't heard of it before but will definitely have to check it out now! Great pick!

    Thanks for stopping by my post!
    Traci @ The Reading Geek

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  3. This does sound really good!! Can't wait to see the cover!

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  4. Never seen this before. Heading to goodreads to check it out. Thanks for sharing!
    My WOW

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  5. Oh wow, why have I not heard of this book before? It sounds fantastic! I can't wait to see the cover. Great pick :)

    Check out my WoW picks for this week!

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  6. This seems awesome! I can't wait to see the cover :D

    MY WoW

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  7. Hm. Sounds interesting, but not really sure if it's my type of read. I love the tattoo though.

    Thanks for stopping by,

    Livin' Life Through Books

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  8. I've never heard of this but it sounds fabulous! Plus that's really interesting that Charlie Bartlett was an inspiration, I rather liked that movie (a touch too similar to Ferris Bueller in some parts, but that's a fantastic movie so I'll deal with it haha) - definitely adding to my TBR list now :)

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  9. Ooooooooooh, this summary sounds sooooooooo gooood!! I want a taste of this book!!! :)))

    My WoW

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  10. I got excited for a second because I thought the cover reveal had happened and I must have missed it or something haha. So excited for this!! The description makes it sound so captivating and unique - I cannot freaking wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  11. This is why I love WoW, I discover cool books :)
    My WoW

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  12. Oh, this seems like a great book ;) Awesome pick :D
    Thank you for commenting on my WoW. <3 You really must read Blood Red Road soon ;)
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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  13. This sounds like an AWESOME book! Off to add it to my goodreads wishlist! Can hardly wait to see the cover reveal.

    here is my first ever WOW...

    http://notyourmothersbookblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/waiting-on-wednesday-1.html

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  14. I haven't heard of this before, but it sounds really good! Thanks for sharing, definitely adding it to my to-read list. :)

    Carina

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  15. Sounds like a good book, I haven't heard of it before now. So Thank you for sharing, I will add it to my to-read list :)
    Come Check Out My Waiting On Wednesday

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  16. Oooh that sounds interesting! Is this a series? Was there a first book? Don't recall hearing anything. But sounds fab!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  17. The image of the world you posted is freaking awesome--and creepy--and scary--lol...Nice job!

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  18. Interesting, nice pick that's what so great about WOW the show and tell aspect you discover books you may never have heard of and show your picks as well adding to that link in the chain. Here's my pick http://sonythebooklover.com/2012/01/waiting-on-wednesday-41/

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  19. Awesome picks! love the intervention you did on waiting on wednesday ;) Black City is really intriguing, ill add this on my waiting list!

    My WoW picks here

    Jay @ We Fancy Books

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  20. Interesting image for the inspiration. I recognize Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral in the distance, and an apparently dried-up Thames.

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  21. Haven't heard of this one yet, but it sounds like a cool story. Love the visuals you added to your post to set the tone of the book. Nice choice!

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  22. Looks very intriguing, enjoy!

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/01/waiting-on-wednesday_2460.html

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  23. i've never heard of this book before now but i love the sounds/look of it. adding to my wishlist. great pick :)

    check out my WoW.

    -Michelle

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  24. Oh never heard of this book before! Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by my blog :)

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  25. this one sounds amazing! adding it to the tbr pile...

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  26. Wow.... very intriguing. Love all your visual explanation. Thx for stopping by my Wow!!!!!!!!!

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  27. Looks like a good read--I'll be following the news about it from here on!

    Thanks for stopping by Constance Reader!

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  28. Wow, this sounds really cool! I hadn't heard of it before, thanks so much for sharing! :)

    Andie
    From A to Z

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  29. This one looks great, can't believe I hadn't heard of it before! Will definitely be adding it to my tbr:)

    Nina @ Lost in the Pages
    My WoW

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  30. I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds really good. Thanks for stopping by!

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  31. So mysterious! This books sounds really amazing. Thanks for sharing!

    My WoW: http://bibliophilesthoughtsonbooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/waiting-on-wednesday-8.html

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  32. The books sounds totally awesome and I'm so adding it. Thanks for sharing =D
    Tristan @ Reads With Wreckless Abandon

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  33. i totally 4got about this book
    tnx 4 reminding
    hoping the cover reveal is soon

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  34. I don't think I've heard of this series before but I love the synopsis!!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  35. I love that image that you shared. Such a brooding dark world.

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  36. I hadn't heard of that series before, but based on that synopsis, I'll have to check it out!
    Great pick!
    Em
    My WoW post
    A Beautiful Madness

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  37. *Reads Synopsis*
    *Thinks for a millisecond*
    *Instantly adds to reading list*
    (:D)

    Thanks for checking out my blog!

    geekchicbooks.blogspot.com

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  38. I haven't heard of that one. Thanks for bringing it to my attention and thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  39. Sounds dark. Thanks for stopping by.

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  40. Wow, it seems really intriguing and a bit creepy at the same time. Great pick and thanks for stopping by!

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  41. This was a pretty awesome WoW post :) So much info for a very interesting sounding book! Thanks for stopping by :)

    MaryAnn
    Chapter by Chapter

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  42. Ooh this sounds good! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by :)

    Book Addict

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  43. Interesting. Sounds like a fascinating read. Looking forward to the cover reveal.

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  44. This sounds so interesting! Fantastic pick!

    Thanks for stopping by :)

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  45. Oh. Wow! Black Heart sounds amazing. I love everything about it. Can't wait to see the cover! I'm running to GoodReads to add it to my TBR.
    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog!

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  46. I haven't heard about this wow, but it sounds interesting.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog :)

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  47. Wow I really like the sound of this one, can't wait to see the cover once it's revealed! :)

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  48. Completely new to me, went to my wishlist right away! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by! :)

    Monaliz @ Mind Reading?

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  49. This sounds good and I really found Charlie Bartlett to be an interesting film
    so this is going to my TBR :)

    Thanks for stopping by :)


    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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  50. Sounds like a really interesting read. I'm going to have to add it to my tbr list. Thanks for stopping by.

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  51. This looks quite interesting. Adding to my tbr!

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  52. I'm definitely going to have to add this to my list, it sounds great! And reviewing video games is my husbands dream job. lol!

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  53. This book sounds really cool! Adding it to my to be read list! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  54. This is completely new to me and I'm going to add it to my to-read list. Thanks for posting!!

    Madeline @ Canvas Between the Margins
    http://canvasbetweenthemargins.blogspot.com/

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  55. I've never heard of this one before but it sounds unique! I will definitely be looking into it :) Great chice!

    Jaskirat~SeeitORreadit

    Tempest and The Eternal One's Giveaway!

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  56. Great choice! This sounds fantastic, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the cover will look like! Thanks for stopping by!

    Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea

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  57. Okay so Charlie Bartlett is one of my favorite movies, so the fact that it was an inspiration for this book makes me want to read it. good choice! I'll check it out when its released!

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  58. They have their own tattoo logo = I will read the books. XD

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  59. Ooh, this one sounds good! Added it to the TBR list!

    Thanks for visiting my site! And I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog - and I have to say that it is so pretty!

    Andrea (New Follower)
    The Overstuffed Bookcase

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  60. Wow, Black City sounds amazing, so thank you so much for pointing it out :D Great pick & one more for my wishlist!

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  61. This sounds great, I'll keep an eye on it. :)

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