Friday, May 2, 2014

THE FEARLESS Blog Tour Stop #9: Playlist by Emma Pass!

Hey Lovelies! Today's the ninth stop on the Blog Tour for Emma Pass' THE FEARLESS, the thrilling post-apocalyptic sequel to ACID! And we're talking all about playlists! Music is such an inspiration for me when writing, so I absolutely loved hearing about Emma's process for choosing her perfect songs. Check out the playlist below, and don't forget to pick up your copy of THE FEARLESS!


A post-apocalyptic thriller for young adults, out now from Corgi/Random House Children's Publishers (UK) and early 2015 from Delacorte (US).

The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect – anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare.

Cass remembers the night they passed through her village. Her father was Altered. Her mother died soon after. All Cass has left is her little brother – and when Jori is snatched by the Fearless, Cass must risk everything to get him back.

THE FEARLESS Soundtrack:

These days, I always make soundtracks for my books. A big reason for this is that I see my stories like films in my head as I write, and music helps make those images more vivid, transporting me into the book's world and shutting the real world out for a while.

I usually construct these playlists as I write my first draft, searching iTunes and the internet as well as my own personal music collection for tunes that fit the story. By the time the first draft is done, so is the playlist, and then I play it on repeat the whole time I'm working my way through revisions.

Here is the playlist for THE FEARLESS:

Biffy Clyro – Many of Horror

Ludovico Einaudi – I Due Fiumi

Mumford and Sons – I Gave You All

Paramore – Playing God

Erik Satie – Gnossienne no. 1 (Lent)

Mumford and Sons – Awake My Soul

Dustin O'Halloran – Fragile No. 4

Message to Bears – Running Through Woodland

The Temper Trap – Soldier On

Fleet Foxes – Tiger Mountain Peasant Song

Miike Snow – Silvia

Ludovico Einaudi – La Nescita Delle Cose Segrete

When I was writing ACID, I made a soundtrack that featured a lot of electronic music to reflect the book's futuristic setting (you can view that soundtrack here). But for THE FEARLESS, with a couple of exceptions, I chose gentler, more acoustic tracks. While ACID is high-tech, THE FEARLESS is low and even no-tech, set in the near-future and imagining what life would be like after society in the UK (and across the world) has collapsed after an invasion of psychotic super-soldiers. Survivors of the Invasion have had to go back to basics, trading and scavenging goods to survive.

How about you? Do you make book sountracks? What's on them?

Emma Pass has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Her debut novel, ACID, is out now from Corgi/Random House in the UK, and from Delacorte in the US.  It won the 2014 North East Teenage Book Award, was shortlisted for the Doncaster Book Award, nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal and has been longlisted for the 2014 Branford Boase Award and a Silver Inky Award in Australia. Her second novel, THE FEARLESS, is also out now in the UK from Corgi/Random House and will be published in the US in early 2015 by Delacorte. By day, she works as a library assistant and lives with her husband and crazy greyhound G-Dog in the North East Midlands.

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