Sunday Surprise: Megan O’Russell’s New Book, Boy of Blood

It’s my pleasure to welcome Megan here to Living the Dream this morning. This dystopian and fantasy writer has long been a personal favorite. Megan’s here to tell you about her new book, Boy of Blood, the second book in her Girl of Glass series. Take it away, Megan.

What is the difference between a secret and a lie?

It seems like a silly question, but it is one that haunts Boy of Blood’s Nola Kent.

Boy of Blood: Blurb

After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.

Clinging to Jeremy, Nola struggles to find a way to exist in the domes, turning her back on all she learned in the city. But when one of the outsiders brings the dark secrets of the domes to light, the line between survival and murder blurs against the spectre of the dying world.

Can Nola follow the dark path laid out by the domes? Will the dangers of the night become her new sanctuary?

Say Hello to Nola

Nola is a loving person. Her compassion for others is actually what causes so much of the chaos in the Girl of Glass series.

Wanting to help those who suffer leads Nola into the outside world, and when she comes back, she has no choice but to lie. Lies about where she was, why she was gone, who she loves… every detail spirals into the next until there is no seeable path left to the truth.

But what about the others in the story? The ones who simply keep secrets.

A boy who loves her but hides the truth of what he is. A leader who never shows his hand, even when others’ lives are on the line. A mother who turns away rather than bestow knowledge on her daughter.

Are any of those people more innocent than Nola? She has lied—there can be no argument there—but has she done any more damage than those who simply keep their mouths shut as others suffer?

It’s a question that I’ve struggled with throughout both books in the Girl of Glass series. When the world is falling to pieces and no one can truly be considered innocent, who is the villain? Are complacency and wrongful deeds the same, for lack of a better term, level of bad if they both result in death?

Nola is learning to navigate the world of secrets and lies as she ventures into Boy of Blood. With the threat of death shadowing her every step, one wrong whispered word could mean the end of a life.

So what do you think is better: secrets or lies? Is there a difference?

Last, but never least, a huge thank you to Susanne for letting me sneak onto her blog!

You’re very welcome. I’ve long been a fan of Megan’s books and I look forward to reading these.

Girl of Glass:

Two worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.​

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.


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