Blog Tour, Guest Post: The Union Series by T.H. Hernandez

Blog Tour & Guest Post: The Union Series
by T.H. Hernandez

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I know I have been posting a lot about The Union series, but honestly I love it and you should read it, so I hope some of these posts get you interested enough to read this fun, action-packed, swoony, dystopian series! In today’s stop I have a a great guest post where I asked the author one question that had been bugging me when I read the series and I love getting insight from an author about their writing and plotting! Check it out & enter the tour-wide giveaway if you haven’t already!

 

unionThe Union by T.H. Hernandez

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Published: November 18th, 2014
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After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.

When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.

Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.

The Union is a futuristic young adult romantic adventure.

 

ruinsThe Ruins (Union series #2)

Published: June 16th, 2015
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Heartbroken, grief-stricken, and wracked with guilt, seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor returned to the Union, leaving behind the boy she loved.

Now, she and her friends must find a way to do the impossible – warn the citizens of the Union about an impending rebel attack without alerting the government and risking retaliation against her friends in the Ruins.

When every move Evan makes is thwarted, it soon becomes clear she’s being watched. Faced with a daily fight to stay one step ahead of her pursuers, she returns to the Ruins. But life in the Ruins has its own dangers, and soon she’s fighting a different battle – to stay alive long enough to discover the truth.

 

uprisingThe Uprising (Union series #3)

Published: January 19th, 2016

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Recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound, eighteen-year-old Evan Taylor must find a way to stop the Uprising, an underground movement committed to destroying the Union, before her homeland is attacked.

After spending the last four months in the Ruins trying to get back to the only girl he’s ever loved, nineteen-year-old Cyrus needs to get past his jealousy over Evan’s involvement with Bryce or risk losing her again.

Together, Evan and Cyrus join with their friends to devise a plan to save both the Ruins and the Union, but when the pressure’s on, bickering and infighting threaten to undermine their goals. New information revealing a weakness in the Uprising is uncovered, forcing them to act quickly or risk losing everything.

With the help of old friends and new allies they set out to make history, but it might just take a miracle for everyone to make it out alive.

THE UPRISING is the third book in THE UNION series, a young adult romantic adventure set in the near future.

 

Guest Post:

Kelly asks T.H. Hernandez –

With love triangles being so divisive among readers what made you choose to use that plot device in your series? 

Initially, I wanted to personify the two worlds Evan lived in so that her internal struggle was more than just about her environment. Each boy represented half of who she sees herself as. Bryce is her Union side, ordered, educated, sleek, while Cyrus represents her Ruins side, wild, free, rugged. But as I revised the first book a dozen times, I realized she wasn’t torn between two boys, she was torn between staying where she feels she’s meant to be and doing what she believes she must do.

Each boy guides her in his own way as she struggles to come to terms with her choices. Cyrus believes in fate, Bryce believes in following your heart. The two are at odds with one another, the same way the pull to stay in the Ruins is at odds with returning to the Union. She can’t do both.

I never set out to write a love triangle, but a story about hard choices. For Evan, it’s not about which boy she loves more, or who she belongs with, it’s about choosing to accept her destiny or run from it.

 

Kelly’s thoughts: Personally for me, I am usually not a fan. I think most of the time they are contrite and over-used. However, here is how I felt about the love triangle in The Union series, from my review of The Ruins: “The Ruins explores a lot of dystopian themes; rebellion and love coming through most heavily. I happen to love it when there is a solid romance in my dystopian and I usually loathe a love triangle, but I actually felt that in this instance the duplicity of the romances worked in favor of the plot and not against it. Plus, it just meant a whole lot more of ‘make my knees weak’ kissing scenes!”

 

Author Bio: T.H. HernandezTHHernandez

T.H. Hernandez is the author of the young adult futuristic/dystopian series,The Union. The first book, The Union, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.

When not writing, you can usually find her reading, finishing more than 200 books over the past two years. She loves pumpkin spice lattes, 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, often referred to as “the puppycat.”

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4 Comments

  1. nichole @YaReads
    February 3, 2016

    Thanks so much for joining the Union & The Ruins blog tour!!!

    -N

  2. T.H. Hernandez
    February 3, 2016

    Thanks for the intriguing question! You’re actually the first person to ask that!

    • kelly
      February 3, 2016

      Probably since it is my personal pet peeve, because most love triangles do not help advance the plot at all, but in this case it really does matter and brings out so much more insight from the characters and plot!

  3. Roselle Torres
    February 8, 2016

    Yes! Interesting story and the covers looks great 🙂