Published by Harper Voyager on October 4th 2016
Series: The Rift Uprising #1
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
An alternate reality that feels all-too-real, The Rift Uprising is the explosive start to a new trilogy that combines the fast paced action of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, the lyrical tone of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and the emotional stakes of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising from acclaimed lyricist and storyteller Amy S. Foster.
Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.
Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other scared and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel.
But that’s all about to change.
When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more.
Today I’m excited to bring you an interview with Amy Foster, the author of The Rift Uprising series. She’s here to talk about her books, what inspires her, and her writing process!
1) To start things off, can you tell us a bit about The Rift Uprising and where you got the inspiration for the story?
I saw Ryn Whittaker first, fighting like a total badass. Then, I thought to myself, how would a teenager learn to fight that way? I love science, in particular, physics, so when I added in the element of the Multiverse, the story just sort of clicked into place.
2) Ryn sounds like quite the warrior! Which of her traits do you think helps her the most to survive?
Her training. Anyone can learn how to fight, but the ability to keep your cool under pressure is training and muscle memory. She’s also a natural leader and because she’s a girl, she has a lot of empathy which she uses to her advantage, even in combat.
3) Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Ryn is my favorite! She’s like another daughter to me almost. She’s also very unlike me- she’s a much better listener and doesn’t snap to a judgement before she has all the facts. In a weird way, I feel like she’s taught me a lot.
4) What is your writing process like?
It is not precious. I don’t need to be inspired or in the right headspace. I have an office I go to every day and I just sit down and get to work. Sometimes, I have a great day and sometimes, I write 3,000 words that I have to scrap. I try to look at writing like just a normal job that doesn’t require anything special in order to do.
5) What was the hardest part about writing the Rift Uprising? What was your favorite part?
The hardest part was absolutely getting the military stuff right. As the trilogy goes on and there are more and more troops, trying to keep them all together and how they would move as distinct armies was really a challenge. I think I know why it takes George R. R. Martin so long to write his books. It’s the armies! As for my favorite, easily, it was letting my imagination fly and speculating on all the different variations of Earths that Ryn could Rift To.
6) What are you currently working on?
I’m editing the final book of the series, The Rift Coda.
Well hi there-
My name is Amy. the “S” in my name is for Skylark..really…I am an author (obviously) The Rift Uprising is my latest- a YA tale of super soldiering, the multiverse and teenage hijinx. I am also a songwriter, most notably with Michael Buble. We’ve written songs together like, Home, Everything, Just Haven’t Met You Yet and It’s a Beautiful Day. I live in Portland, Oregon but I was born and raised in Canada. I have an amazing Fire Fighting husband and three cool kids.
I am also a nerd and happy to be one.