We were thrilled when we were invited to participate in the blog tour for New Charity Blues, the latest title by indie author Camille Griep. We’ll be sharing our thoughts on the book (we loved it!), but first, here’s the 411 on New Charity Blues:
***About New Charity Blues***
New Charity Blues by Camille Griep
Published by 47North on April 12, 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal, Retellings
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In the wake of a devastating plague, two communities emerge as bastions of survival. One is called the City, and its people scrabble for scraps in the wasteland. The other, New Charity, enjoys the bounty of its hydroelectric dam and refuses City denizens so much as a drop of precious water. When City-dweller Cressyda inherits her father’s ranch within New Charity, she becomes intent on opening the dam to all—no matter the cost.
But when Syd reunites with her old best friend, Casandra, a born seer and religious acolyte, she realizes that her plans could destroy the fragile lives they’ve built in order to survive. What’s more, the strange magic securing the dam’s operations could prove deadly if disturbed. Yet when Syd discovers evidence that her father might have been murdered, she is more determined than ever to exact revenge on New Charity’s corrupt.
Pitted against Cas, as well as her own family, Syd must decide how to secure the survival of both settlements without tipping them over the brink to utter annihilation. In this intense and emotional reimagining of the Trojan War epic, two women clash when loyalty, identity, community, and family are all put to the ultimate test.
Kaylee: As soon as I saw this was supposed to be a sort-of retelling of the Trojan War, I couldn’t wait to check this out. It works as that, but I honestly wish I had gone into it with no expectations.
After the population is practically wiped out by a plague, the survivors congregate into communities. It’s a classic case of a kind of wealthy vs. poor, with water being the most important thing in society. The group that lives in New Charity live behind a wall and have access to a hydroelectric dam while the poor inhabitants of City have basically nothing, including access to clean water. Like the description says, Cressyda (aka Syd) lives in City but inherits land within New Charity and decides to do something about what’s going on. There’s lots going on here–mystery and standing up for what you believe in, along with the entire society being on the brink of being destroyed.
New Charity Blues had well-developed characters and a gripping plot. I was surprised by how much is going on here and that there was magic, which is so different for me. It was well-written, and I definitely want to read Griep’s future books. There were a few things I didn’t like, namely the lack of romance, and though I thought it was different to include magic, parts of it didn’t make sense to me. I felt that was an element that honestly could have been omitted. Regardless, this book is so different from anything else I’ve read, yet it resonates with what’s going on today, too. If you love post-apocalyptic stories, you really have to check out New Charity Blues.
***About Camille Griep***
Camille Griep lives just north of Seattle with her partner, Adam, and their dog Dutch(ess). Born in Billings, Montana, she moved to Southern California to attend Claremont McKenna College, graduating with a dual degree in Biology and Literature.
She wrote her way through corporate careers in marketing, commercial real estate, and financial analysis before taking an extended sabbatical to devote more time to her craft.
She has since sold short fiction and creative nonfiction to dozens of online and print magazines. She is the editor of Easy Street and is a senior editor at The Lascaux Review. She is a 2012 graduate of Viable Paradise, a residential workshop for speculative fiction novelists.
Her first novel, Letters to Zell, was released in July 2015 47North. Look for New Charity Blues in April of 2016.
Good luck and don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour for New Charity Blues by Camille Griep!
- 5/1: The Irish Banana Review – Top 10
- 5/2: He Said Books or Me – Excerpt
- 5/3: Charmingly Simple – Review
- 5/4: The Cover Contessa – Playlist
- 5/5: Life According to a Bibliophile – Review
- 5/6: Pretty Sassy Cool – Review
- 5/7: No BS Book Reviews – Q&A
- 5/8: Who R U Blog – Novel Secrets