Guest Post: Dark Days by Kate Ormand (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted June 18th, 2014 in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post / 6 comments
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Welcome to the Dark Days Blog Tour. I plan to read this book soon. It sounds so creepy but interesting. I hope you guys enjoy the guest post below and don’t forge to enter the giveaway at the end. 

Dark Days
Kate Ormand
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 3rd 2014

Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

The future world has been divided into sectors–each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors’ thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what’s coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future. 

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she’ll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.


What I Love About Dystopian Books
by Kate Ormand
I love the feeling I get when I open a dystopian book. Even just reading the first line fills me with equal amounts of dread and excitement. I know I’m not reading about a good place, I never quite feel safe, and I think it makes me care sooner for the characters when I know their lives are in danger before I even turn the first page. My favourite kinds of books are ones that take you on an exciting ride through the story and leave you breathless by the end. Some of my favourites that tick all the boxes are ACID by Emma Pass, THE GLIMPSE by Claire Merle, and DUALED by Elsie Chapman – all three are bursting with twists and turns, fast-paced action, strong heroines, a touch of romance.


 Enjoy this Bonus Excerpt
“I wake up to a shrieking sound.
The wailing surrounds me, echoing off the walls and interrupting fitful sleep filled with nightmares and torture.
I pat my hand on the nightstand until I find the alarm clock and make it stop. I rub my eyes. The red numbers on the clock display 6:03 a.m.
Red digital numbers, like the ones on the clock outside that towers above us. Counting down, down down. Red like blood, red like rage, like hate, all of which surrounds me. I force myself to get up and take a deep breath.
6:04 a.m. With not long to live, I don’t want to spend anymore time sleeping than necessary.”


Author Bio

KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. 

You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website ( or on Twitter (@kateormand).

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6 Responses to “Guest Post: Dark Days by Kate Ormand (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Jaclyn Canada

    So true. I haven’t read that many dystopians really though I enjoy them a lot. I am fortunate to have read the really good ones. I have Dualed and Acid on my to-read list. Excellent excerpt 😀 Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

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