Posts like this, with all different kind of things, are my absolute delight. Of course the story is cool, too!
The Audiobook is Hero by Belinda Crawford narrated by Jean Mahoney. It’s a Young Adult; Science Fiction.
Centuries ago, humans colonised Jørn, a lonely planet on the far side of the galaxy. Arriving in five great colony ships, they quickly settled the surface only to discover, after a few short years, that the planet was killing them. The culprit, a native spore, carried on every wind to every corner of the globe.
Genetic engineering, blending DNA from Earth and Jørn species, saved their crops and livestock, but for humans there was no cure. Instead they took to the skies, turning their colony ships into cities that floated above the spore’s reach.
Hero Regan is special, and not in a way she likes. She hears voices, voices in her head that other people can’t. Surrounded by butlers, bodyguards and tutors, insulated from the outside world, her only solace is Fink, a six-hundred-kilogram, genetically engineered ruc-pard. They share lives, thoughts, triple-chocolate marshmallow ice-cream and the burning desire for freedom.
Their chance comes when Hero is allowed to attend school in Cumulus City. Here, along with making unexpected friends, Hero discovers she is an unwitting part of a master plan set into motion by the first colonists, a plan she must either help or foil if she’s ever to attain the freedom she craves.
Harry Potter meets The Golden Compass in an action-packed sci-fi about a ballsy teen and a centuries-old plan to change the world.
And now that you know more about the book, here’s Belinda’s Dream Cast
Brianna Hildebrand. I saw her as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool and went, ‘Stop the movie. That’s Hero!’ And, yeah, ok, so we might have to invoke some kind of time travel for her to actually play Hero, but with all that attitude, she’d be perfect.
I didn’t quite jump to my feet when I saw Lana Condor as Jubilee in X-men: Age of Apocalypse, mostly because I thought those pigtails were awful, but I can totally picture a linch-adder peeking through her hair.
I can totally picture Hugo Weaving running his hands through his hair in frustration at Hero’s latest antic and then turning around a pulling out a gun to keep her safe. I’m pretty sure it’s got something to do with the frown lines.
Finding the right person to play the Lamb took some doing and I sort of stumbled upon Elizabeth Debicki. She’s had roles in a number of films including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as well as a Marvel film (can you guess which one? Hint, she’s gold). She looks really sweet, but she plays mean really well.
Finally, an actor who hasn’t been in a Marvel film! Jodie Foster has always struck me as someone who could pull off being Hero’s poised, powerful and oh-so-serious mum. I can already see the fallout when Hero tries pulling one over on her.
David Mazouz stared in the Gotham TV series as Bruce Wayne, which I haven’t watched yet, but I think I’m going to have to change that since everyone keeps telling me how good it is. (Plus, Catwoman’s one of my favourite characters.) I picked David because he gives off the same pretty, rich-boy vibe I image Dorian having.
Finding someone to play Tis was hard, but then I watched Maleficent for the third time and there she was. Elle Fanning plays Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty) who is my least favourite fairytale princess, and that’s pretty much why I chose her. Plus she has those rosy cheeks and all that hair and I bet she’d play a really good mean girl.
About the Author: Belinda Crawford
Physics makes Belinda’s brain hurt, while quadratics cause her eyes to cross and any mention of probability equations will have her running for the door. Nonetheless, she loves watching documentaries about the natural world, biology, space, history and technology.
She’s also a sucker for a fast horse, a faster computer and superhero movies. When she’s not doing the horse, computer or superhero thing, Belinda writes science fiction (emphasis on the fiction), where she loves to write about butt-kicking girls who blow stuff up.
The Hero Rebellion was her first sci-fi series, and she’s currently hard at work on next, with occasional detours back to Hero which she shares with her mailing list as free short stories.
You can keep in touch with Belinda, or just pick her brains about sci-fi via her newsletter, Facebook or by sending her an email (she loves email).
My 10 favourite books with butt-kicking heroines
By Belinda Crawford
Strength comes in all shapes and sizes, and kicking butt doesn’t always mean throwing a punch. Here are 10 of my favourite books with girls who kick butt in different ways.
– Dragonsong (Anne McCaffery)
Disfigured girl runs away, befriends mini dragons and attains her dream against the odds. I like Menolly because she doesn’t give up on being who she is, even when it seems like everything she ever wanted is out of reach.
– Queen & Commander (Janine Southard)
Girl cheats on test and sneakily acquires a spaceship to help out her friends. The title alone is enough to get Queen & Commander on the list, but the main character, Rihannon, tops it off by being a crazy smart girl willing to do anything to help her friends.
– Earth Girl (Janet Edwards)
In a future where portals can take you anywhere in the galaxy, Jarra is stuck on Earth. Earth Girl kinda sticks its tongue out at the classic sci-fi adventure by not actually going to space, which I really like. I also really like Jarra, who sets out to completely obliterate the myth that her inability to leave Earth (because of an immune deficiency) makes her disabled and stupid.
– Diving into the Wreck (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
A space archeologist finds an ancient spaceship. I love the creepiness of this book and the sense of wonder and danger as Boss (the heroine) explores the ship. It’s just really cool. And Boss rocks.
– Touch of Frost (Jennifer Estep)
I love the Mythos Academy series. Imagine Harry Potter with a dash of Percy Jackson and add a geeky, not-very-athletic girl with a talking sword and you get Touch of Frost. It’s a bit like candy for the brain, lots of fun to read and it keeps you coming back for more. I actually advise getting the entire series out at once, so you can consume one book after the other.
– Heist Society (Ally Carter)
Oceans Eleven with teens. I mean, I shouldn’t really need to say any more than that, right? But just in case I do, Kat’s a teenage con artist trying to go straight, until she gets dragged back in to save her dad from a mobster. It’s fun, it’s fast-paced, it’s got a cute boy and I wish I were as cool as Kat.
– Akarnae (Lynette Noni)
This is another brain candy series. It’s heaps of fun, and you’ll stay up a way too late trying to read just. One. More. Chapter. You’ll be happy you did though. It’s got elves, cute boys (whose butts Alex, the main character, eventually kicks), magic that’s not really magic, and magic doors. Lots and lots of magic doors.
– Bloodlines (Rachelle Mead)
Bloodlines is the first in a Vampire Academy spin-off series and OMG, I love Sydney (the main character). She’s smart, capable and sensible, which makes her sound really boring but she’s not, mostly because everyone around her is kinda crazy. What I really love about Sydney though, is how she responds when what she’s been brought up to believe is challenged, and how she changes because of that.
– By the Sword (Mercedes Lackey)
There’s a lot of blood, battles and sneaking around behind enemy lines in this book, and the heroine kicks her fair share of butt, but there’s nothing special about Kero, at least not a first. What I love about this book is how hard Kero works at making a life for herself, and how she faces adversity, and there is lots of adversity. Also, there are magic horses. Magic. Horses. ’Nuff said.
Alanna: The First Adventure (Tamora Pierce)
No list of butt-kicking girls can be complete without Alanna the Lioness. If you haven’t read this book yet, you’re missing out. Alanna is a fantasy novel about a girl who pretends to be a boy so that she can become a knight (because girls aren’t allowed to be knights). It’s awesome. If you pick it up and think it’s a little young for you (it is a middle grade book), try the Beka Cooper series. It’s just as good but aimed at an older readers.
And that’s my list! What would you put on yours?
About the Narrator: Jean Mahoney
Jean is an Australian audio book narrator and published author. She likes nothing better than being secluded in her cabin in the woods, as far from the city as she can get, writing and recording. In her spare time, she loves exploring the Victorian high country on her horse.