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Publisher: Pixiu Press, June 4, 2012
Category: YA Dystopian, Cyberpunk (Dystopunk)
Tour Dates: September, 2012
Available in Print and eBook, 296 Pages, also available on Audible
Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.
Beyond the security of Sulan’s high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation’s reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities—and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics.
Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her how to defend herself. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Hank, Sulan acquires Touch—an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight.
When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?
Praise for Sulan, Episode 1: The League:
“This is a smart book, combining cyber-punk elements with a dystopian future. I really enjoyed Picott’s world-building and hope for a sequel to fill out the pieces we get. This is a fast-paced, smart young adult read that I think anyone interested in teen, dystopian, or cyber lit will enjoy.”– AliBird, Amazon Reviewer
“ I’m not a huge fan of cyberpunk, but Picott’s highly entertaining and witty YA novel completely won me over. Every chapter springs its own surprise and ends with a perfect cliff hanger that won’t let you put the book down. Sulan’s character is also a real gem. Her tenacity in the face of adverse circumstances — from being vertically challenged to dealing with villains — makes you root for her every step of the way.”- Arlene Ang, Amazon Reviewer
Praise for Raggedy Chan, A Chinese Heritage Tale:
“Raggedy Chan is first and foremost an adventure. Though it’s aimed at younger children, I couldn’t help but admire how incredibly complex it was. Just when I thought things were going to be smooth sailing another obstacle would arise and Raggedy Chan would have to think of a clever way to resolve the dilemma. The Princess/Raggedy Chan shows all the desirable qualities of a strong heroine who would do anything to protect those she loves. Camille has added just the right blend of storytelling, thematic influence and symbolism for the book to be both a compelling adventure story and a useful learning tool. This is a book that’s not just for children my friends.”- Lan, The Write Obsession
“This is a great story for kids and adults alike, as it not dumbed down in anyway. Nor is it written in a complex way, but it has an incredible depth to it that more analytical readers will love to plunge into.” – Cathy Keaton, Abnormally Paranormal Reviews
“In this beautifully rendered modern fable, Camille Picott blends a tale of mythical Chinese creatures with the traditional American image of Raggedy Ann to introduce a new heroine: Raggedy Chan. Destined to become a classic. The scenes between Auntie Gracie and young Emma are heartwarming, and will make this book a favorite to be read again and again.”- Heidi G., Amazon Reviewer
“ Raggedy Chan captures our imagination. Clever story. We learn about traditions, quests and determination and new adventures in new lands. This book is to be enjoyed by people of all cultures and ages. Will look for more from this author!”- Susan Pace-Koch, Author ofGet Out of My Head, I Should Go to Bed
Praise for Nine-Tail Fox: A Chinese Heritage Tale:
“NINE-TAIL FOX has the charm of a children’s story and the resonance of myth. Even though the book features the same characters (Auntie Gracie and Emma Chan-McDougal from her first book RAGGEDY CHAN)this isn’t a sequel. It’s a completely unique tale that stands on its own. The very best children’s books are a revelation and a delight for readers of all ages. This book will beguile children and adults. Highly recommended.” Peggy Loughran, Amazon Reviewer
“Oh, wow—another awesome Chinese heritage tale by Camille Picott! I like this one even better than Raggedy Chan. It has all the excitement and thrill of a big-budget classic Disney animated film with cute Chinese fantasy animals as its main characters. People of all ages would enjoy this and should read it.”– Cathy Keaton, Abnormally Paranormal Reviews
“Picott expertly weaves a parable of truth’s power to liberate us from fear and hate in this touching, action packed gem.“- Heidi G., Amazon Reviewer
Camille Picott has been writing books since the age of twelve. She specializes in science fiction and fantasy stories with Asian-inspired settings and Asian main characters. She is the author of two middle grade fantasy books, Raggedy Chan and Nine-Tail Fox.
In her spare time, Camille loves to read books and write reviews. Her reviews are written from a writer’s perspective, highlighting various aspects of craft found in the books she reads.
To visit Camille, and to read her book reviews, go to www.camillepicott.com.