Five Things About the DARK DAYS Cover
by Kate Ormand
2. BACKGROUND: The moody sky, the fire and destruction in the sector, and the wild lands (The Rough) shown behind the title creates a window to the world within the pages.
3. NAME: There’s a lot of metal in the book--the wall, the cyborgs--so the metallic effect used on my name fits well with that.
4. REFLECTION: The reflection of the title feels like it’s shining on the surface of the metal wall surrounding the sector.
5. TAGLINE: ‘The Clock is Ticking” refers to the clock tower that ticks down the days until the cyborg army penetrates the sector walls. Each chapter within the book is a day, counting down until day zero.
Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she'll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.
KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise.