Renegade by Kerry Wilkinson – Blog Tour Stop!

renegadeSummary from Goodreads

Silver Blackthorn is a fugitive from the law.
Silver Blackthorn has committed treason.
She is dangerous. Do NOT approach her.
A large reward is on offer. Report any sightings to your nearest Kingsman.
Long live the King.

Silver Blackthorn is on the run. She fled Windsor Castle with eleven other teenagers, taking with her something far more valuable than even she realises: knowledge.

With the entire country searching for the missing Offerings, Silver must keep them all from the vicious clutches of King Victor and the Minister Prime. Until now, no one has escaped the king and lived to tell the tale.

Or have they?

With expectations weighing heavily on the girl with the silver streak in her hair, will she ever find her way home?

Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 7th 2015 by Pan Macmillan

 The influence of a thirty-year-old movie

2015 is the 30th anniversary of my favourite film.

Back To The Future came out when I was four years old, meaning it popped up on ‘normal’ TV when I was seven or eight. Back in the Eighties, there was no such thing as digital downloads, iPhones, blu-rays, 4D Television, Netflix or movies beamed directly into a person’s subconscious. There were four TV channels and, if you were really lucky, your family had a VHS recorder.

We had a dodgy top-loading machine and my mum videoed Back To The Future off the telly, thus making her a movie pirate long before BitTorrent came along. I’m pretty sure the statute of limitations has run out on this obvious offence but, if not and the police are reading this, er…sorry.

Anyway, I watched that tape so many times that I could even anticipate the horizontal white lines across the screen and the blips in the audio because VHS tapes were so rubbish. There were no perfect digital transfers in the Eighties.

The point of all this is that, without Back To The Future and the sequels, the chances are that Reckoning, Renegade and next year’s Resurgence wouldn’t exist.

The film gave me a love for stories set a little in the future or past, in a place where the world is *almost* ours but not quite.

I’ve got the balancing abilities of a drunken hippo on a tightrope – but I still always fancied a go on a hoverboard. That was the writers’ interpretation of a futuristic skateboard – and I enjoyed creating the technology of Silver’s world, which give a little twist to much of the modern-day tech.

It is especially topical with the Apple Watch being released as, in Reckoning and Renegade, people are reliant on their Thinkwatches to let them know what they should be doing.

Although technology is a crucial part of Silver’s story, I wanted to write about her relationship with it. In a way, I suppose this mimics what is happening today. Smartphones in particular have literally changed the way in which people communicate with one another.

If a bloke is wondering what that woman he once did a temping job with four years ago and hasn’t spoken to since is up to, there’s Facebook. Twitter spreads news and abuse quicker than ever before. Snapchat is incredible for flashing one’s genitals. Instagram is unparalleled when it comes to taking selfies of doing such incredible things as sitting on the sofa or the bus. Group messaging on WhatsApp can be used to start a riot in a far shorter period of time than ever before.

For me, the technology of Silver’s world isn’t the interesting thing, it’s how it changes the way in which the characters deal with one another.

That said, I’d still fancy a go on a Back To The Future hoverboard. If Apple could pull their collective fingers out, stop fiddling around with watches and the like – and get on with some real development, that day might not be far off.

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