The Unhappening of Genesis Lee
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: November 18th 2014
Seventeen-year-old Genesis Lee has never forgotten anything. As one of the Mementi—a small group of genetically-enhanced humans—Gena remembers everything with the help of her Link bracelets, which preserve memories perfectly. But Links can be stolen, and six people have already lost their lives to a memory thief, including Gena’s best friend.
Anyone could be next. Which is why Gena is less than pleased to meet a strange but charming boy named Kalan who claims that they’ve not only met, but that Gena knows who the thief is.
The problem is, Gena doesn’t remember Kalan, she doesn’t remember seeing the thief, and she doesn’t know why she’s forgetting things— or how much else she might forget. As growing tensions between Mementi and ordinary humans drive the city of Havendale into chaos, Gena and Kalan team up to search for the thief. And as Gena loses more memories, they realize they have to solve the mystery fast.
Because Gena’s life is unhappening around her.
You’ve just release your new book The Unhappening of Genesis Lee. Can you tell us a little about it?
It’s about a girl who stores her memories in external objects and has to hunt down a memory thief with the help of the only person she’s ever forgotten. It deals with issues of identity, complex families, group prejudice, and mental illness.
What got you into writing?
I love stories. I have since I was tiny and begged my mom to read “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket” six million times a day. I’ve been writing my own stories since I knew what a story was!
Do you have a writing routine?
I get my writing time when my daughter naps and my son is at preschool. I head to my office, watch my pet zebra finches play for a few minutes, then crack the laptop and get to work. Sometimes I listen to music before writing, if I need inspiration for a scene.
Where do you write?
I have an awesome office all to myself! I decorated it with all sorts of things that inspire me– paintings, nerdy trinkets, and objects that have meaning to me. (I guess I’m kind of like my characters in having objects that hold memory for me!)
Tell us a secret . . .
I can flip my feet completely backwards. I used to do it to freak people out when I was a teenager.
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Shallee McArthur originally wanted to be a scientist, until she discovered she liked her science best in fictional form. When she’s not writing young adult science fiction and fantasy, she’s attempting to raise her son and daughter as proper geeks. A little part of her heart is devoted to Africa after volunteering twice in Ghana. She has a degree in English from Brigham Young University and lives in Utah with her husband and two children.
She is represented by Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates. Her YA sci fi novel, THE UNHAPPENING OF GENESIS LEE, debuts from Sky Pony Press Nov. 4, 2014.
And because people always ask, her name is pronounced “shuh-LEE.” But she answers to anything that sounds remotely close.
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