Title: The Resistance
Series: Union Series
Author: T.H. Hernandez
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Release Date: 25th February 2020
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After the Union is invaded by the Uprising, life for Evan and her friends becomes even more dire. If they have any hopes of saving the world they know, they’re going to need help. And it looks like there may be someone already out there trying to accomplish the same thing.
Now living in an encampment in the Ruins, life is hard for most Unis in the Resistance. For Cyrus and the other Ruins survivors, it’s just more of the same.
While they train for their ultimate mission, tragedy strikes, upending everything once again. Complicating their plans, someone in their midst is working against them. Evan, Cyrus, and the rest of the Resistance need to locate reinforcements to help them bring down the Uprising while rooting out the traitor. With trust at an all-time low, no one is above suspicion as danger walks among them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
T.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.
She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he's a cat, affectionately referred to as "the puppycat."
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Who designed the Cover of Resistance? Was it the same cover designer for the rest of the series so far? Do you have a lot of input into the cover design process?
My cover designer is the multi-talented and award-winning graphic artist, Mark Sgarbossa. He’s such an amazing artist and has worked with the NBA, Jason Mraz, Chris Cornell, Five Seconds of Summer, Ice Cube, and Soundgarden. So when he agreed to do my series covers, I let the man do his thing! I gave him the synopsis for the first book and he came back with three designs and I had to choose one. Not an easy thing to do! Other than two minor tweaks, the finished product was basically the original design. With every book since, we’ve used the same process. I tell him the basic plot, and he surprises me with his artistic genius.
Do you, basic plot/plan for each individual book in The Union series, before you actually began writing it all out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the story?
I’m very much a plotter. I have a rather detailed process I work through before I begin drafting. I need to have an idea of where my story will end before I can start it. But, I don’t allow myself to be confined by the plan. If an idea comes to me along the way, I absolutely roll with it. I’ve also had my daughter, who is an aspiring writer herself, do a character sketch for me. Then I decide where that character might fit into the story and can work a subplot around them. In fact, that’s exactly what happened with Ollie in THE RESISTANCE.
If you had to choose to be a character from The Union Series, which would you be and why?
Oh wow, I don’t know. My characters all go through so much. I mean they’ve been tortured, lost everyone they love, watch the love of their life die…I’m not sure I want to be any of them! But since I have to choose, I think I’ll go with Rainey. She’s such a badass. Yeah, she’s been through a lot, too, and lost people she loves, but she’s pretty hardened by it, so I think I’d be most likely to survive physically and emotionally if I was Rainey.
Do you have a “Dream cast” in mind for any of the characters in your Union Series if it were to be made into a film/movie?
I did back in 2010 when I first started writing the series, but they’re all too old now to play teens. It might be fun to cast a bunch of unknown actors for the younger characters, though I still think I’d love for Eddie Vedder to play Eddie McIntyre, since his character is very loosely based on him. And I’ve always thought Cate Blanchette would be perfect as Evan’s mom, Christine.
What can we expect from you next and in the future?
There are two more books in The Union Series. I’m currently drafting the second book in my Heroes & Zeros series about the teenage offspring of the nation’s superheroes, and I’m working on another contemporary romance with Jennifer DiGiovanni, the co-author of our rom-com, PROM-WRECKED. Beyond that, I have more ideas than time, but I have a story in the early planning stages about a teen girl from Missouri who has been the victim of bullying, learning about life and love in Costa Rica, while helping run the family hotel down there after her grandmother’s death.