Welcome, welcome to the talented writing team, the Brothers Washburn (Berk and Andy). Their new book, MOJAVE GREEN, the exciting sequel to PITCH GREEN is out now. A perfect Halloween read – here’s the summary . . .
I asked Berk and Andy to give me a list of their favorite reads similar to their own book. Here’s the great list . . .
Our first two books in The Dimensions in Death series, Pitch Green
and Mojave Green, are the start of a young adult horror series. Based on a
scary story we used to tell as kids to our siblings and friends, these two
books combine horror, suspense and mystery, moving at a breathtaking pace as
our protagonists fight for their lives, battling a monstrous evil presence
hiding in and around an old, deserted mansion in a small mining town,
located near Death Valley in a desolate region of the Mojave Desert.
While our series has been called young adult horror, because our
story is all-age appropriate and we have monsters, we are not completely
comfortable with that genre. First, we rely on suspense and mystery (more
like a thriller), rather than blood and gore (gratuitous violence), to tell
a scary story. Second, our monsters are justified by logical principles of
pseudo-science, not mysticism and magic. But, we are not science fiction
either, so we are left with the horror label.
In truth, we’re not sure what our genre is, but we do know what we
like. Both in the books we write as well as in the books we read, we like a
fast-moving, compelling story of mystery, suspense and terror with unusual
characters and an imaginative plot for young adult readers. As with any
reader, youth readers must be courted with suspense and entrapped by
conflict. A young reader wants to be immersed in a world of new beginnings
and exciting transitions, a world where anything is possible and hope is a
guiding star. A world of despair, overwhelmed by failed dreams and missed
opportunities, is for an older audience. A young adult plot says we don’t
give up, we will find a way and succeed because life is worth the sacrifices
Here are a few of the young adult books we like:
(1) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Two young people (a girl and a guy in love) are caught up in a
fascinating world of conflicting types of magic, existing on the edge of the
actual world we live in, where they are placed involuntarily into a
situation that requires one to die at the hand of the other by a hidden
power and mysterious rules that neither completely understands. The real
magic is that they figure out how to play the game by their own rules. The
brooding sense of danger and dark mystery continually pulls the reader
(2) The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
A likeable, young scoundrel, who is badly treated and whose life
seems to be jerked this way and that at the mercy of an international war
and corrupt queens and kings, proves that he is capable of not only
dictating his own destiny, but also the destiny of large kingdoms and
powerful political leaders. The sudden plot twists and ongoing surprises
about the protagonist’s true character pushes the reader forward.
(3) The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Appearing suddenly in an artificial testing environment, like a rat
in a maze, with no memory of how he got there, our young hero must figure
out how to escape the trap while being subjected to the tension of lost
memories and threatening peer pressure as well as a sense of danger arising
from a life and death threat not totally understood, yet the youth out
smarts his captors and rewrites the rules of the test. The overpowering
tension and suspense of unanswered questions together with the courage of
the protagonist pulls the reader through the story.
(4) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A young boy, who has been trapped his whole life in a graveyard for
his own protection and has been raised by the dead, falls in love with a
girl from the outside world and must face the evil forces that would destroy
him if he is ever going to find a way out of the world of the dead and into
the world of the living where he can finally have a real life for himself.
This is a fresh story with unexpected conflicts, providing the suspense that
keeps the reader going to the end.
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