Today I’m back with another book tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. This week there’s a tour for Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora. I got to interview the author! So keep on reading to find out more about this book and what questions I asked Maria.
Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Publishing Date: March 9, 2021
Content warning: addiction, violence, characters being held against their will, human trafficking and infertility, For full content warning please see the author’s website: https://www.mariamora.net/books
Sixteen-year-old Nate is a GEM—Genetically Engineered Medi-tissue created by the scientists of Gathos City as a cure for the elite from the fatal lung rot ravaging the population. As a child, he was smuggled out of the laboratory where he was held captive and into the Withers—a quarantined, lawless region. Nate manages to survive by using his engineering skills to become a Tinker, fixing broken tech in exchange for food or a safe place to sleep. When he meets Reed, a kind and fiercely protective boy that makes his heart race, and his misfit gang of scavengers, Nate finds the family he’s always longed for—even if he can’t risk telling them what he is.
But Gathos created a genetic failsafe in their GEMs—a flaw that causes their health to rapidly deteriorate as they age unless they are regularly dosed with medication controlled by Gathos City. As Nate’s health declines, his hard-won freedom is put in jeopardy. Violence erupts across the Withers, his illegal supply of medicine is cut off, and a vicious attack on Reed threatens to expose his secret. With time running out, Nate is left with only two options: work for a shadowy terrorist organization that has the means to keep him alive, or stay — and die — with the boy he loves.
What inspired you to start writing?
I began expanding on books I read when I was very little. It was mostly daydreaming, but I think it was a precursor to enjoying transformative works later in life. I started writing in elementary school and never stopped. However, it took me a long time (really into my early 30s) to realize I was capable of the focus and commitment it takes to write a novel-length manuscript.
What is your all time favorite book? Why?
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner is my favorite book. It’s queer, uxepected, dense, heartwarming, and heartbreaking. I reread it every few years.
Besides writing, what other hobbies do you have?
I love paddle boarding, I sometimes enjoy cooking, I have over 30 houseplants (is that a hobby?) and lately I’ve really enjoyed watching cdramas.
Describe your book in five words or less.
Found family trying to survive.
When you wrote Fragile Remedy did you have it all planned out? Or did Nate take you for a ride?
Nate took me for a RIDE. Gosh. I rewrote this book MANY times as a result. It was a major learning experience in regards to planning/outlining vs chasing a feeling. I’ve matured a great deal as a writer from my original draft nearly a decade ago.
If you were to put yourself into the story, what type of character would you be?
I would probably be one of the parents trying to hold together an extended family and trying to stay as clear from violence as possible.
What is your favorite quote from Fragile Remedy?
“Hope is a fragile thing.”
What was your favorite part of writing this book?
I loved experiencing the emotional highs and lows over and over with each revision. There are two scenes in Fragile Remedy that I cried while working on every single time. It’s lovely to get to go on those journeys and continue feeling the raw emotion.
If you’re curious about what others thought of this book then click here for the full tour schedule. You can see all of the other amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers that are participating on this tour!
About the Author
Maria Ingrande Mora is a marketing executive and a brunch enthusiast. Her love languages are snacks, queer joy, and live music. A graduate of the University of Florida, Maria lives near a wetlands preserve with two dogs, two cats, two children, and two billion mosquitoes. She can often be found writing at her stand-up desk, surrounded by house plants. Unless the cats have already destroyed them.
So that’s my stop on the tour for Fragile Remedy. The author’s description in five words than less definitely has me interested even more. I’ll have to read this one really soon!