Paperback ARC, 410 pages.
Published by Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Only those young enough can survive the pulse-pounding rush of tetra, a dangerous and addictive new drug that fuels a nine-minute burst of superhuman strength and speed. Alana West has been trained to use the drug so she can pursue the young criminals who abuse its power—criminals like the breakneck who nearly killed her kid brother.
On tetra, Alana is unstoppable. The rush makes her an explosive blur as she surges through New York City, battling to bring down breaknecks before they leave more people dead or injured in their wake. But with the clock ticking down to her eighteenth birthday, Alana will soon be too old for the rush...when just one more dose will prove deadly.
Supported only by her strong and steady handler, Tucker, Alana goes undercover, infiltrating an elite gang of breaknecks to stop the supply of their drug. But when Alana gets trapped on the wrong side of the law, she learns the breaknecks are not quite what they seem—especially Ethan, the artistic boy whose bottomless brown eyes seem to see the truth inside her. With her own dependency on tetra increasing, Alana must decide where her loyalties lie before the rush ends. Forever.
Chris Howard was born and raised in England, and it was there he first began writing stories and songs. He now lives in Denver, Colorado, where he and his wife enjoy mountains, music, and mugs of good coffee. Chris is also the author of the Rootless trilogy. Connect with him online at www.ChrisHowardBooks.com.
Are you a planner or a pantser?
Chris: I go on instinct for the beginning, then make a plan for the end, and then I see what happens in-between :)
Which of your characters do you relate to the most, and why?
Chris: My protagonists! I love to write in the first=person so they really get in my head… or I get in theirs?!
What is your favorite non-spoilery quote or scene from your book and why?
Chris: I love the last line the most… I won’t spoil it here, but it speaks best to what I think the book is really about.
How much, and what kind of research did you have to do in order to write Night Speed?
Chris: I wanted to make sure the geography of NYC stayed close to how it is in the real world - which is hard when your characters are navigating the city streets at super-speed!
Are there any particular scenes that were removed during the revising and editing process that you wish had made it to the final version of the book?
Chris: Early on I had a scene that took the characters underwater… Superhuman strength and speed… underwater! Yeah! It was awesome! But it didn’t serve the story, so I cut it out. Spoiler alert - there is no underwater scene in this book!
What was the most challenging part of writing Night Speed?
Chris: See my answer to #4!! :)
Do you have any unconventional writing habits?
Chris: I like to work at my treadmill desk, which I guess is a little unconventional. When drafting some of the chase scenes for NIGHT SPEED I would crank the speed up and get that feeling my characters have when they’re so fast, they’re barely hanging on.
What would make you automatically stop reading a book?
Chris: If I was sure I wasn’t going to connect to the characters and their story.
What is your most memorable moment as an author?
Chris: My favorite moments have all been during the writing process itself. I love creating and communicating and I get lost in my work :)
What is the one thing you’d like your readers to take away from Night Speed?
Chris: Peace begins within.
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