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some muggleborn like “i want to be an astronaut when i grow up!”

wizard kids like “wtf is an astronaut”

"oh you know…the people who go to the moon"

of course you can’t just go to the moon you need a rocketship


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Don’t you dare
Shrink yourself
For someone else’s comfort -
Do not become small
For people who refuse to grow.
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My book on the shelves at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore! Hit ‘em up by phone or through their website for a signed copy:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
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okay so if harry potter was born in 1980, and went to hogwarts in like 91, that means he was in his sixth year in 1996
do you think he knew about the spice girls? i mean.. i know he had shit going on with horcruxes that year but wannabe isn’t something that happens without you taking note of it

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Who doesn’t love a dramatic, post-apocalyptic, female-led story? Stephanie Diaz’s debut novel, EXTRACTION, comes out TODAY, and it’s the first in a trilogy. You can read the first chapter here, and we’re pretty sure you’ll be hooked. Today, Stephanie Diaz talks to us about her characters and what surprised her as she wrote EXTRACTION.

YA Series Insiders: What song best fits Clementine?

Stephanie Diaz: I have a couple theme songs for Clementine, the main character of Extraction, but if I had to pick one I’d go with “We Remain” by Christina Aguilera.

YASI: If you were going to write a spin-off about one of your characters, who would it be and why?

SD: I would definitely write a spin-off about Sam, a character Clementine meets during the book. He has quite an interesting back story, which I’d love to delve into more.

YASI: Who would you want to play your main character in a movie?

SD: If Annalise Basso were a year or two older, she would make a great Clementine.

YASI: What is your favorite writing treat?

SD: Reeses Peanut Butter cups. And milkshakes.

YASI: If you could pull one thing from your series world to have in real life, what would it be?

SD: I would love to be able to play some of the games in Recreation Division in the Core. A zero-grav machine, especially, would be super fun to have in my backyard.

YASI: Did anything happen in your series that surprised you, that you didn’t plan?

SD: Oh, definitely. A couple character deaths jumped at me out of nowhere.

About the Book

”Welcome to Extraction testing.”

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers, which means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, and leave them breathless for more.

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About the Author


Stephanie Diaz is 21. She grew up in sunny San Diego, wishing for rain. She studied film production in college. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over television shows. EXTRACTION is her debut novel. Her work is represented by Alison Fargis of Stonesong.