Welcome to anniversary blitz for YA dystopian ‘The Uncaged’ series and its first book The Aviary by Emily Shore. This blitz includes some details about the book and author, excerpt, and a giveaway. If you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter via link at the bottom of this post. So, here is the book of the week 🙂
Title: The Aviary
Author: Emily Shore
Series: The Uncaged Series #1
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 5, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian
“Gentlemen, we have a special treat for you today. Feast your eyes on this pure-blooded beauty!”
Sixteen-year-old Serenity has spent her entire life in hiding to protect her from this exact moment. In a world where beauty is bought and sold on the streets like a corporate commodity, Serenity’s natural assets are more like liabilities. Despite her parents’ best efforts, she’s been taken—ripped from her home and the only life she’s ever known—to find herself on sale to the highest bidder. And that bidder? Enigmatic and dangerous, Luc is the director of The Aviary—an elite museum where girls are displayed as living art by day…and cater to the lascivious whims of the highest bidder by night. In this elaborate and competitive world, girls go by names like Raven and Nightingale, and will stop at nothing to become top Bird.
Luc comes to idolize Serenity’s purity and aims to turn her into his grandest exhibit of all time—The Swan. In no time, she becomes one of the most coveted exhibits in Aviary history. When she discovers Luc holds the key to finding her parents, she must learn to play The Swan to perfection…to win his heart and earn his trust. But she doesn’t anticipate falling for him in the process. Now she faces an impossible choice: escape The Aviary and lose her only chance at finding her parents—or become Luc’s Swan for good and lose her identity forever.
The Jewel by Amy Ewing meets Tricks by Ellen Hopkins in this gritty Young Adult Dystopian that tells of a fear-inducing future where the world of sex trafficking has become a social norm and where woman aren’t treated as humans and are no safer than they were than they were in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
*Note. For time being The Aviary is available for free on Amazon.
On the way over in his self-driving-limousine, which is Family-branded so they have immunity, Luc gave me a digital tour of his Aviary, but seeing the building from the vehicles one-way windows was completely different than up close. Against the darkness, it was like a diamond sitting in a bed of ash. Grand spotlights and high-tech holographic images of birds light the entrance.
Now, it just looks like a giant glass dollhouse. From the observation deck within the domed ceiling of the Aviary where I stand with Luc, I stare down at the men flooding the lobby as they stray to girl-encrusted exhibits. If they pay more, they will advance to the second level. The ones with deep pockets continue to the third where the highest-ranking girls are.
It shouldn’t impress me, but it does.
Emily Shore is a MN author with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University and was a grand prize winner of #PitchtoPublication. She has worked with both editors and agents in the publishing industry. Her anti-trafficking books, The Uncaged Series, found their home at Clean Teen Publishing. For every sale, proceeds return to trafficking rescue through Women At Risk, International. Throughout the years, Emily has connected with rescue organizations and survivors of sex-trafficking and injects the truths she’s learned into her books for youth. She loves motivational speaking on the issue of sex-trafficking and always hopes for more speaking events in schools, churches, and libraries. Please contact her on her website if you are interested in hearing her speak.
Emily lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two daughters and her fur-baby cats, Hatter and Bunny.
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This is an anti-trafficking book, which tells a story of an unimaginable future where the world of sex trafficking has been legalized and has become a social norm, and it’s a place where woman aren’t treated as humans and there is no safety for them. The main theme of this book is identity and a coming of age story for the sixteen year old Serenity. This book has also a romance, but to fully accept it you have to know that there are solid reasons for Serenities feelings, which are very well explained in authors post – SEVEN REASONS WHY SERENITY FALLS FOR LUC (AND WHY IT MAKES HER HUMAN). Be warned that it contains spoilers, but at the same time it showcases the reality of Serenity and her love.
Excerpt from Author’s Note at the beginning of The Aviary:
The role of Luc as a trafficker is not a full portrayal. Traffickers do hire handsome recruiters. One could argue he takes on this recruiter role as well. But while Luc practices psychological manipulation and certain tactics of pimps/traffickers, he does not practice the physical and sexual abuse which defines the sex industry. This is particularly important to note. While Serenity does undergo an identity struggle as well as issues with Stockholm Syndrome, this work is not meant to show how a good female protagonist can reform the bad boy.
The goal of this series is to raise awareness to the devastating effects of sex-trafficking. The struggle with identity is prominent throughout the series. These books brush on themes of abuse and manipulation, dissociation, pornography, Stockholm Syndrome, drug use in the industry, and various other subjects. My inspiration is taken from real world truths from survivors and rescue workers I’ve met and have read through the years.
For every eBook sold, a personal donation will return to Women At Risk, International―an organization working in 53 countries in awareness, prevention, rescue, restoration, and healing. Local event proceeds will return to Trafficking Justice and cover the Shore Family’s India Adoption costs!
I just started reading The Aviary last night and I’m already 25% into the story. I must admit that it sucked me in from the very first pages, and I can’t wait to return to this horrific and the same time fascinating world with its advanced technology, beauty and nightmares that won’t let you go till you understand the struggle, pain and gritty truth behind its allure. I really hope that I’ll appreciate the rest of the story the same as the beginning so far.
Also to truly understand the protagonist Serenity and to be able to better connect with her I would recommend to read author’s post – FROM PRIDE TO PITY TO PASSION: MY JOURNEY THROUGH SERENITY (no spoilers for the book here).
Serenity’s walk within The Aviary is eerily similar to mine. Eerie since I subconsciously injected her with this journey, but it was necessary. One of my favorite quotes by my mentor, Rebecca McDonald-Founder of Women At Risk, Int- is “do not shuffle the ashes around these women; we need to sit down in the ashes with them”.
Like me, Serenity does not come from the ash of a sexually exploitative background. She does not have a horror story prior to entering the Aviary unlike the exploited girls around her. But as she learns to share in their ashes, she embarks on a journey from pride to pity to passion. And that passion, backed by a willpower of lightning, is what carries her through to the end.
You can read another excerpt and couple of teasers on my first post for The Aviary book blitz a year ago here. Thanks for stopping by, hope you are having a great day/evening! Have you read The Aviary? What were your thought? Or do you consider adding it to you TBR?
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