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Sunday, April 1, 2012

{Blog Tour} Teaser Excerpt: Altered by Aubrey Coletti

Today is the first stop of the blog tour for Altered by Aubrey Coletti, organized by me. :)
Altered by Aubrey Coletti
Pages: 272
Genre: YA Thriller

When Toni, Joseph and Charlie arrive at their new boarding school, they are glad to leave their families — and respective problems — behind. Isolated as boarders, they meet a handsome senior with a personality like iced snake’s blood, teachers with a penchant for physical punishment, and four other outcasts who reveal that their being brought to the Academy wasn’t random at all. When the arrivals discover that their new school is engaged in “behavior modification” through electric shocks, isolation, restraints, and an ever-evolving set of methods to “fix” them, they declare war on their Academy. During their campaign of sabotage, they fight, hate, scorn, love, and begin to uncover the reasons why they were brought to the school. But as their war against the school escalates beyond their control, will they become the very things the Academy believes they are: dangerous, delinquent — and mad?
Altered is a pretty intense thriller, with lots of suspense and even a little paranormal thrown in! The writing style is unique, really teenager oriented, and the characters are gritty and real.

Read my review of Altered (4 stars)
Read the character interview I did with all of the main characters

And now, a teaser excerpt

Chapter Thirteen "Meet"

“But how are we supposed to meet with them if we don’t know if we can trust them?” Anton asked swiftly. They had to keep this meeting short. It had taken them a while to all get to the abandoned house safely. The Academy was watching every move now, waiting for a mistake.
“Maybe we don’t have to.”
The group turned to Ann. Toni, Melvin, Anton and Lieutenant had all seen people who seemed to be hinting that they wanted to join their mini rebellion.
“What do you mean?” Toni asked.
“What if we show them that they don’t need to meet us at all — just join and work themselves?” In response to the looks she was getting, Ann tried to explain. “You know in grassroots stuff? People there do their own thing. They’re all fighting for the same thing, but they don’t answer to anyone. What if that’s how we do it? What if we give them a sign that all you need to do to be part of us is fight against the school? That way, all of us are protected if someone gets caught. If they get caught they can’t turn us in, and if we get caught we won’t know who is helping us.”
“I get it,” Charlie said. “It’s the way a guerilla army fights. With no actual leaders, even if someone gets caught the fight goes on.”
“But what if they don’t understand that they have to act on their own?” Anton asked.
“Or get too scared of acting by themselves?” Lieutenant questioned.
“If we don’t want them feelin’ alone,” Joseph said slowly, “we should make it clear that there are other people in this wit’ ‘em. Like, that it’s a movement. Not only will that get more people, it’ll terrify Mrs. Carter and the whole Academy, so they’ll be runnin’ around tryna find the leader when there isn’t any.”
“So?” Ann said, looking at Lieutenant and Anton. “Do I pass? Is this a good idea?”
“I like it,” Anton said with his crooked grin. “Lieutenant? What’chu think?”
“I think Ann just got promoted to Captain,” Lieutenant said, clapping her hand to Ann’s and pulling their fingers apart.
Ann grinned. “But how will we get other people to know to show that they’re part of our … rebellion, or whatever it is?”
“They’ll need a symbol,” Joseph said. “And I can do that.”

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