Parched by Georgia Clark – Guest Post & Giveaway

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by Georgia ClarkYA Romantic Sci-Fi

Hardcover, 312 Pages

March 14th 2014 by Holiday House

Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together in this thrilling futuristic adventure novel about a utopian city struggling to keep its peace.

“Bold futurist adventure with unusual romance, riveting action and ominous ecological red flags.” —Kirkus Reviews

Amazon?–?Barnes and Noble?–?Indie Bound

Georgia Clark?is an Australian writer and performer based in Brooklyn. She is the author of the young adult novels SHE’S WITH THE BAND (Allen & Unwin) and sci-fi/romance PARCHED (Holiday House). Widely published online and in print. Won some awards/grants/residencies. Has a play on at the NY Fringe festival. Pretty keen on cheese plates.

Georgia is gearing up to teach a short, online writing class about writing sci-fi through a Lit Reactor course. Want to go check it out and join? Go?HERE! Begins January 14th.

Introduction to the world of Parched

By Georgia Clark


Welcome to the world of Parched: a rollercoaster ride of robots, rebels and romance, of secrets, impossible choices, and a fight for freedom, all in a domed city and a sprawling desert…


“When I was born, we’d been in drought for over fifty years. I wasn’t alive when the planet first fell into a marathon of endless natural disasters. That was closer to two centuries ago now. As substitutes rebuilt one city from a hurricane, a tsunami hit another. People scrambled to re-create homes that the planet seemed intent on destroying. As Earth’s resources began to dry up for good, the remaining cities began an ugly fight for survival. First came food and energy limits. Then rations. City walls. A desperate race to create renewable sources of power as the old mining industries finally bled the land dry. Solar energy replaced fossil fuels. But eventually, everything was sucked into one place, one strong-hold, one last beacon.”


Location is a character in Parched: indeed, much of the story’s action is focused on the tension it creates.? Basically, 1% of the population lives inside Eden, a domed city. Here, resources are shared equally among citizens, there’s no money, artistic expression is encouraged, sexual freedom permitted. There’s beautiful parks and zoos and shopping districts. Water fountains are on every street corner, burbling up fresh, clean, cold water from the enormous Moon Lake the dominates the city’s north. This is where our heroine, Tess Rockwood, grew up. But it is not where we first meet her.


That’s in the Badlands, the sprawling, dangerous, bone-dry desert that surrounds the white walls of Eden. Here, life is tough and cheap. Tess works in a water bar, serving syrupy ‘aqua ferro’ – iron water – that dribbles from the taps. When our story starts, the leader of Eden, a bearded, hippy-ish man named Gyan, has just cut off the Badland’s water supply, effectively signing a death warrant for the Badlanders.


I mentioned robots, and yes, there’s plenty of them (after all, it is the future!). In this world, robots are called substitutes, or ‘subs’. In Eden you’ll find a wide array of beautifully designed, socially intelligent subs, like Kimiko, Tess’ uncle’s house sub. But the Badland is full of clunky, junky subs: old models that locals sell for parts or repurpose for their own needs. The government of Eden, the Trust (lead by Gyan), are also trying to develop an ‘artilect’, an artificial intelligent being. A sub that could think and feel and reason. Tess is somewhat of an expert when it comes to artilects. Why? Because the very first prototype was designed by, and then killed, her mother.


The inspiration for the world of Parched came from a backpacking trip I went on to Mexico when I was 19. It was the first time I left my hometown of Sydney, Australia: a beautiful, clean, safe small city. The culture shock I had from seeing how people lived in different parts of Mexico, and now, it appears as Tess’ experience.


Let me know you thoughts!

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  1. Kimberly Rampersad says

    I’m a fan of futuristic stories so to me it sounds quite interesting. Its interesting how cultural shock can have an impact on different people.

  2. Natalie Brown says

    Hello! This book would be such a great read. I love sci-fi/fantasy/futuristic type stories. It’s so cool that a woman is the center of the story too. ??

  3. I love this type of book! I’d love to read Parched. I’d like to find out how everything plays out with Tess, the domed city and the Badlands.

  4. Sounds great,thanks for the chance!!

  5. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. I love reading sci-fi stories. Parched sound like a pretty good book. Thanks for the chance.

  7. Julie Lynn Bickham says

    This looks like a really interesting read.

  8. This sounds like a great read and I always love trying new authors!

  9. I love this site, I’ve found so many great reads here that I wouldn’t have otherwise noticed!
    Thank you!

  10. Now this is a different read for me! Would love to read it!

  11. Sounds interesting and I really like the cover. Thanks!

  12. sounds intriguing! thanks for the giveaway

  13. I like that the author has taken her own experience and turned it into a novel. I’m interested in discovering more about the robots since Tess’ mom was killed by an artilect. This suggests Clark strayed from Asimov’s Three Rules of Robotics. Very intriguing.

  14. sherry butcher says

    This book sounds interesting, have you ever been back to Mexico? I live in New Mexico USA and it’s such a world apart.

  15. Linda Kish says

    I usually pass over this type of book but this one sounds interesting.

  16. Wow. This book sounds out of this world good. Can’t wait to read it.

  17. Parched sounds like a fun read. Thank you

  18. Nice cover and the book sounds interesting.

  19. This book sounds very interesting, thank you.

  20. Charlene S. says

    The book sounds like something I would enjoy reading ??

  21. John Thomas says

    Love the premise of the book, it sounds like an interesting place. I am a sci-fi and adventure fan so this would probably be right up my ally. I like that it is based on a real life experience also as stories drawn from ones own experience tend to be more believable, even when put in a futuristic setting.

  22. Kristy Petree says

    I love this kind of book, futuristic and fantasy, and a domed city has such an eerie quality about it. Awesome!

  23. Hope Mitchner says

    I have never been a fan of sci-fi. However, reading your synopsis made me want to pick it up and finish reading it. May have to rethink my reading list.

  24. Denise Duvall says

    The cover really echoes the title. Inside Eden, green and life, outside the desert is “Parched”.Thank you for the giveaway. It sounds like a great read.

  25. Sounds good!

  26. alessandra v. says

    I love reading , I love the ‘ smell of books . I love this blog because it introduced me to many interesting books .

  27. really love the cover!

  28. This sounds like a really good read!