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Regina Shen Series Reviews
I was provided all of the books in the series for free for only my honest and unbiased reviews of all of the books.
Regina Shen: Resilience (Book 1) Review
Regina Shen is a women living in world that bans books and artifacts from before the Great Collapse.Regina Shen lives with her family seaward side of barrier walls which were made to hold back the rising waters and to give the World Federation a place to dump their outcasts. Regina Shen's life changes when she learns that she has unique DNA that stop human extinction. However due to the life she has lived she feels she can not trust the Federation enough to bargain with them.
So I have to say when I began reading Regina Shen: Resilience I was not sure that I would truly enjoy it because I felt like the book was based on a concept that had been done before by other authors. However as I read more and more of the book I discovered just how wrong I was. This book may be based on a similar concept, but the book is far from ordinary. The plot of the novel keeps moving in sort of zig-zag which keeps the reader guessing about what is going to happen next. The author does a truly amazing job with stringing each chapter together and with character creation. I truly loved Regina Shen she is a character that just keep picking herself back up and trying again. I enjoyed the fact that she was a strong female lead character and her eidetic memory allowed her to learn and understand faster than other characters. Her enjoyment of books is something I could truly understand and appreciate. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for new take on an old concept.
Regina survives by her wits on swampy islands and thrives on salvage from sunken cities, including illegal print books from before the Federation. With her photographic (eidetic) memory, she defies Antiquities by consuming salvaged books not available in the Federation, which makes her an outcast even among her exiled peers. With Antiquities in pursuit, Regina fights to stay alive and avoid capture while hunting for her family. Does she have the resilience to survive both the storm and Antiquities?
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Interview with Lance Erlick
What inspired you to write this series?
I was imagining various worlds of the future and in particular a world after abrupt climate change led to some rather drastic changes. At the same time I kept getting visions of this amazingly resilient young woman who had little to live for and yet refused to give up. I grew up surrounded by strong women and that influence has rubbed off on my writing. So, Regina Shen parachuted into this world with little more than her wits. I find her inspiring.
How did you decide on the number of books to put in the series?
As the pieces of the story rattled around in my mind, I realize it would be more than one book. At first I thought it might be two or three based on everything that was going on, but it has grown into four books. I can envision more stories in this universe as long as I can find interesting adventures for her.
Which book was the hardest for you to write and why?
Of the Regina Shen series, the hardest book to write was the fourth (Endurance). I didn’t want the story to duplicate anything from the earlier books and yet I knew where it had to begin. I considered jumping from there to where the action took off, but there was an interesting set of scenes that came to me in between. Also, the book twists in a different direction (I don’t want to give it away) and it was a challenge to get this right.
Which book was the easiest for you to write and why?
The easiest book for me to write was The Rebel Within. I had actually written Rebels Divided first with two co-protagonists, including Annabelle Scott. After I finished the story, Annabelle got into my head and wouldn’t leave me alone until I wrote her story (The Rebel Within), which is now the first book in the series. I would wake in the middle of the night with complete scenes. Basically, I knew the entire story before I wrote the first word. It was a race to get it all down while it was fresh in my mind.
Which character was the hardest to write and why?
One of the harder characters for me was Dara from The Rebel Within. She’s a bully and was inspired by some strong bully-type girls I’d met along the way. The challenge was to not let her become a stereotype or caricature. In fact, there is nothing she does that I haven’t witnessed or had good evidence of girls doing against other girls, sad to say. She was definitely a tough write.
Which character was the easiest to write and why?
Annabelle Scott was the easiest character to write because she got into my head and guided me. I could easily identify with her moral dilemmas and her need to do the right thing even when being forced down a different path.
Who was your favorite character and why?
This is tough. I have a strong fondness for both Annabelle Scott and Regina Shen. They are very different and yet I felt I could identify with them both. Not sure what that says—maybe a prior life. I sometimes wonder what it would be like if they met, though they live in different centuries. Maybe I’ll invent a time machine and have them meet to find out.
Were there any characters that you did not like?
There have been several characters I didn’t like. Inspector Volpe (Regina Shen series) is power hungry, driven by personal values that make sense for her and yet trample on innocent people she needs in order to succeed. InThe Rebel Within, I didn’t like some of the power figures who were trying to perpetuate their power at the expense of others. I guess there is a theme here. Yet I try to portray each in terms of working toward what makes sense to them (heroes of their own stories).
What made you choose to write a series on this subject?
The Regina Shen series is both about abrupt climate change and the underdog. Climate has been rattling around in my head. In the long perspective, the climate we’ve seen over the past 200 years is unusual and thus we can expect to see some radical changes going forward. I also have a soft spot in my heart for the underdog and decided to marry both into this story. Once I decided on those, there was far too much material for a single story.
Did you base any of the characters off of real people?
None of my characters are based on any real people. I’ve been very careful about that. Yet I can only write what I’ve seen, heard or read, and thus I can’t deny that there are bits and pieces of my experiences and observations that filter into the development of characters. Fundamentally, I try to put myself into the minds and hearts of my lead characters and write as if I’d become that person. In doing so, I’m drawing on experiences.