What is Quántóu Rising about?
Quántóu Rising is the sequel in my dystopian trilogy. The SEPA Project follows five characters from different walks of life as they try to unravel the secrets of their utopian society. New technology allows for those in power to steal memories, so it becomes a race to remember the truth. The novel looks at xenophobia, freewill, family bonds, and greed. Quántóu Rising digs deeper into the world as the characters spread out and try to fight against the wrongs committed in the first book. No spoilers! It shifts the focus to propaganda, colonization, sisterhood, and a touch of queer romance.
What inspired this story?
The characters and world came from one of my many dystopian dreams. As I was writing the first few chapters, the US was dealing with the horrors of the Build the Wall campaign, the “alternative facts” shift, and the Me Too movement. The world was weighing heavily on me, and those struggles made their way into my story. I’ve continued to be inspired by the dystopian reality around us as I write the rest of the series.
Tell us a little about you, who is J Moody?
I work with teens all day, talking about books, poetry, and justice. It’s a good time! I facillitate a Queer Straight Alliance and an Equity Club as well. When I’m not working or writing, I’m generally reading, doing a little pyrography and painting, or adventuring out in nature. I won’t say no to a cup of coffee or a Bessie Smith album.
How can we read Quántóu Rising?
Here’s the link to the series. You don’t want to read the sequel first! You can also check out my Moody Reads Book Reviews!