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Mason and Noah exist in different worlds, but their lives are about to collide. Mason has a habit of getting into trouble. He’s been kicked out of every place he’s ever lived in. Moving to the cult-like community of Alteria is definitely a last resort, even if it’s better than braving the wastelands outside. But following their strict rules is a hundred times harder when Mason meets Eden, who has a wicked streak to match his own. Caught with contraband, Eden is forced into a programme to purge her bad behaviour. But Mason has seen what happens to people who get purged, and knows he will lose Eden if he can’t help her find a way out. Out in the wastelands, Noah has no memory of what happened before he was abandoned in a war zone. All he wants is to know who he is, and if he can trust the strangers who rescued him from the rubble. With lies surrounding them on all sides, Mason and Noah must piece together the truth if they want to escape. Failure is not an option when it means being purged from existence.
“PURGE is a fast-paced, intricate novel through which technology and invention run like pulsing veins – Ellis deals easily with challenging, adult themes.” — Martin Stewart, author of Riverkeep
“Smart, dark, gritty … with a deeply compelling narrative voice” — Stephanie Burgis, author of A Most Improper Magick and Masks and Shadows
Q1. PURGE is your third YA novel, but your first sci-fi…. what made you decide this was a genre you wanted to write?
Well, at heart I’m a massive nerd. I grew up watching and reading sci-fi like it was going out of style (WHICH IT NEVER WILL) and I think it was inevitable that I’d write it one day. I love a particular kind of sci-fi, where it’s not only thrillery, but has humour and a touch of smoochy romance in the mix as well – like my other books – and that’s where PURGE sits, genre-wise.
Q2.Mason has a habit of getting into trouble, but he does it with a certain degree of charm. What was it like spending time inside the head of that kind of main character?
Honestly, I loved it! Despite the tough breaks he’s had in his life, Mason has a wry outlook that definitely appeals to me, and even though he causes as many problems as he solves in the book, I enjoyed spending time writing his character even when I wanted to throttle him — which was often. And that was exactly the kind of person I thought would appeal to a girl like Eden, who is headstrong and smart, but has a definite rebellious streak of her own – tied to her unquenchable curiosity about the universe. Those two fit together perfectly in my mind, and I hope readers will think so too!
Q.3 The ending hints that there might be more to this story. Will there be more from the PURGE world?
I would definitely love to spend more time writing these characters, and I do have further stories in mind, so hopefully! I’m working on another project at the moment, and will have to see what happens after that.
Q.4 PURGE is told from 2 points of view which is my favourite kind of narrative structure – is that something you enjoy writing?
Absolutely. Half the narrative is Mason’s, and half focuses on Noah out in the wastelands. They were both very different to write, and I found that really kept things interesting. My last book, BREAKER, was also a dual-POV, and I’d say it’s a format I really enjoy, though it has to work for the particular story. I think (hope) it does with PURGE!
Thank you Kat, as you know I’m a big fan of your writing and can’t wait for everyone to read PURGE.
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Kat Ellis is a YA author from North Wales. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time photographing ruins and cemeteries to inspire her creepy stories. PURGE is her third novel, and BREAKER and BLACKFIN SKY are also available now.
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