One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth was destroyed, and the remaining humans fled to the dusty red planet of Jutaire, where the only oxygen is manufactured, food is scarce, and death strikes often.
When Lissa’s father discovers Earth still exists, she accidentally inhales the toxic air of Jutaire, and in one breath, discovers she isn’t quite human.
Her father hangs for his discovery, and Lissa knows the Chancellors will come for her, for she saw the Earth that night too. With nothing to lose, she sets out to expose the truth. It isn’t long before she meets Julian, a beautiful boy who can breathe the toxic air like she can – and shows her that the Jute, the original inhabitants of the planet, are more tangled in their lives than she knows.
But the Chancellors are only pawns in a greater game – one where the Jute control everything. Worse, the Jute plan to leave Jutaire for Earth, but to get there, they need her. And they’ll stop at nothing until Lissa is in their clutches, even if they kill every human in the process.
The race for Earth has begun.
Hafsah Laziaf was born on the east coast on a hot summer day in 1993, raised on the west coast and is now stuck in the middle – in Texas – with more books than she can read.She’s the designer behind IceyDesigns andthe blogger behind IceyBooks.
UNBREATHABLE is her debut novel.
Where did you get the idea for Unbreathable?
Random House was asking readers on Twitter to tweet their favorite first lines at the same time when I was finishing up another scifi manuscript. I was trying to think up a better first line than the one I had, when I thought, in how many books are characters searching for Earth on the very first line? That’s when UNBREATHABLE was born.
On a side note, the first line has since changed.
Who was your favorite character to write?
That’s a tough question! I loved writing scenes with Julian, though Dena was the one I had the most fun with.
What is your favorite scene or quote from Unbreathable?
I have a few favorite scenes and one favorite chapter (#33). My favorite line would have to be:
“Sometimes,” he says softly, his fingers trailing along the wing, “you only see the beauty of something once it’s broken.”
Are you in the process of writing any other novels?
Before I announced UNBREATHABLE, I had just started writing my first YA fantasy that I’m pretty excited for. At the moment, I’m not writing anything, but I might have to work on a sequel for UNBREATHABLE, because more and more people are asking for one!
What’s it like to be a published author after being a book blogger? Do you feel like you have extra insight because you understand the mind of a blogger?
It’s… hectic. Mostly because trying to balance my writing life – which is now editing, designing a cover/graphics for the book, making my trailer, and promoting UNBREATHABLE – designing, and blogging is hard. While I don’t feel like I have any extra insight, I have a lot of support I never would have had if I wasn’t a book blogger.
Do you have a favorite author, or one that inspires you?
Hmm, I have many favorite authors, but the one who inspired me to persue self-publication would be Leigh Ann Kopans, the author of ONE.
What is your favorite book?
Shadow & Bone! And so many others.
Dark, white, or milk chocolate? White. All the way. Then milk.
Cats or dogs? Cats!
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi. Coke is for toilet cleaning.
Morning person or night owl? Both. Depends on how tired I am and if I’m in the middle of something ;)