Saturday 29 August 2015

Make Mine an Indie: Flux

Welcome to the other end of A Way into YA and another week of Make Mine an Indie. 

Shockingly, to find an independent publisher dedicated to young adult fiction I had to go across the pond to the USA. If anyone knows of a UK based publisher I've missed I'd be really glad to hear of them! 

So, todays indie is Flux; a new imprint dedicated entirely to young adult literature. As they say:
young adult is a point of view, not a reading level
Given the popularity of young adult as a genre at the moment I was really surprised to find that more independent publishers and small presses haven't really branched out into it and as I was searching through the internet for a publisher to feature this week I was getting increasingly annoyed by my inability to find anything UK based. (To clarify, a lot of indie publishers include YA in their catalogues, I was just surprised to not be able to find one whose main focus was YA). That said I know a lot of my readers are based in the US so it will be nice to focus on a publisher nearer you for a change!

Now that's out the way, here are some awesome titles to look forward to!

The Firebug of Balrog County by David Oppegaard 

From the Flux website:

The Firebug of Balrog CountyDark times have fallen on remote Balrog County, and Mack Druneswald, a high school senior with a love of arson, is doing his best to deal. While his family is haunted by his mother’s recent death, Mack spends his nights roaming the countryside, looking for something new to burn. When he encounters Katrina, a college girl with her own baggage, Mack sets out on a path of pyromania the likes of which sleepy Balrog County has never seen before.
A darkly comic tour-de-force, The Firebug of Balrog 
County is about legend, small towns, and the fire that

Where You End by Anna Pellicioli

From the Flux website:

Where You EndMiriam Feldman was attracted to the artists, the musicians, the boys who wore broken-down cardigans. Boys like Elliot.
Their relationship was intense, passionate, all consuming. When they were together, Miriam knew who she was, in the way you can only know when you're deeply in love.
Now that it's over, Miriam has to pick up the pieces.
Even when Elliot starts seeing someone else. Even when she impulsively knocks over a priceless work of art. Even when she's blackmailed by the mystery girl who saw her do it.
Without a map, Miriam has to find her way. If only she knew how.

Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons
From the Flux website:
Dating DownAt Café Hex, Samantha Henderson can imagine being the person she really wants to be. It’s her place to daydream about going to art school and getting away from her politician father. It’s her place to imagine opening herself up to a new kind of connection, away from her family and the drama of high school.
Enter X—the boy she refuses to name. He’s older, edgy, bohemian . . . in short, everything she thinks she needs. Her family and friends try to warn her that there may be more to him than she sees, but still she stays with X, even as his chaos threatens to consume them both.
Told in waves of poetry—whispering, crashing—Dating Down is a portrait of exhilaration and pain and the kind of desire that drives a girl to risk everything.

Lifeless by AdriAnne Strickland
From the Flux website:
LifelessWhen Tavin Barnes escaped Eden City with Khaya, the Word of Life, he became a most-wanted fugitive overnight. But he never expected his flight would end with the ultimate curse: becoming the next Word of Death. Now he’s a prisoner inside the Athenaeum, where his new life under the Godspeakers’ control has begun.
As the Word of Death, Tavin can kill with a touch, an ability he must learn to harness or risk hurting the people he cares for. But Ryse, the Godspeaker charged with Tavin’s training, is pushing him to be as ruthless as she is. Her goal: make Tavin an elite assassin, whether he wants to be or not. His first target: the Chinese ambassador to Eden City. And that’s just the beginning . . .

Find Flux at their website and on twitter @fluxbooks
So although I said I was only going to feature UK based publishers in this feature, browsing Flux's catalogue has made me think again! They have so many great titles I'm genuinely excited to read that it makes me wonder what else I'm missing by staying so close to home! From now on this series will remain primarily dedicated to UK based independent publishers with the occasional overseas entity making an appearance, just to shake things up a bit!

Check back next Saturday for more indie fun, and be sure to check out the series so far!

Make Mine an Indie featuring...
And the A Way into YA series so far:

A Way into YA Day 1: Science Fiction
A Way into YA Day 2: Backlist Books
A Way into YA Day 3: A Bit of Everything!
A Way into YA Day 4: Some More Great Reads and a Giveaway! (win a copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - runs till Sunday evening, open intl)
A Way into YA Day 5: Across the Genres
The Lunar Chronicles Readalong: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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