Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton hosted by MTMC Tours! Kill or Cure is the gut-wrenching first book in the Kill or Cure post-apocalyptic dystopian teen fiction series. If you like feisty young heroines, struggles against chaos, and teenage love, then you’ll adore Pixie Britton’s action-packed trilogy! The ebook is ON SALE for 99p during the tour!
Thank you so much to MTMC Tours for inviting me to take part!
Title: Kill or Cure
Author: Pixie Britton
Series: Kill or Cure #1
Publishing Date: February 8, 2018
Genres: YA Dystopian
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She’s on a desperate quest to protect her family. But will defending them save the planet or result in her doom?
Alyx Silverthorne’s broken world is falling apart. With her parents dead and her little brother Tommy infected, she fears she’s about to lose everything that matters. But when her beloved sibling dies and returns to life stronger than before, their only choice is a dangerous cross-country journey to the capital for answers.
Teaming up with her deserter uncle and the best friend in love with her, they arrive at a secret military base wondering if Tommy is in fact the cure. But the affection of a strapping young soldier is cold comfort when his sinister commander takes a terrifying interest in her family.
Will Alyx survive the lies of the living or be consumed by the mouths of the dead?
Kill or Cure is the gut-wrenching first book in the Kill or Cure post-apocalyptic dystopian teen fiction series. If you like feisty young heroines, struggles against chaos, and teenage love, then you’ll adore Pixie Britton’s action-packed trilogy.
I thought Kill or Cure was a really exciting YA dystopian novel. I actually HATE zombies with a passion but this book really drew me in and I raced through it! I have a vivid memory of sitting with my lunch, wolfing down a sandwich and flicking through the pages.
My favourite aspect of the entire novel were the characters. Britton has created a real array and variety in both who they are and their personalities. I loved Alyx, the main character, but my favourite I think was Winter, a mysterious deaf girl found in the woods…
That’s another thing I loved about this book by the way – the variety of both the locations and what’s in them! You’ll be able to read in my author interview below that I got really interested in how many different weapons appear in the novel!
All in all, I thought Kill and Cure was a thoroughly enjoyable read!
1) The weapons in Kill or Cure are fascinating – I especially love the idea of swords and the electric whip! Why did you decide to use these types of “traditional” weapons alongside guns, and how did you come up with them?
Hey, Hannah. Thanks so much for interviewing me today. The first book in the Kill or Cure series is set long after the initial virus outbreak, so from a weapons perspective, I wanted it to be realistic to some degree… obviously, an electric whip is a creation of my weird and wonderful mind haha. But as far as the swords go, Alyx and her family are surviving in a walled compound in the middle of a forest. The reason they have manage to thrive in this environment is due to their remote location. On that basis, it would seem unlikely to me that a community like this would have access to an infinite supply of guns and ammo, so I wanted to include weaponry they could reasonably make themselves.
2) The plot around Tommy is really piquing my interest! Where did your ideas for the Infected come from?
I’m a huge fan of monster horror and sci-fi in general, and I grew up watching 80’s zombie films with my brother. But the thing about this genre is, it’s been done a million times before. And don’t get me wrong, I do love a good apocalypse movie or book, but I also love it when creatives push the boundaries and explore new avenues. When I started to write Kill or Cure, it was less about the zombies and more about the family dynamic. The whole series is about a feisty teen girl that would do anything to protect her brother, and the infected are almost incidental. In some respects, they are just another hurdle in their epic journey to seek answers. When the lines become blurred and we being to question Tommy’s humanity, that’s when Alyx’s loyalty is really tested. For me, that’s when the fun and games begin.
3) Alyx is such a spunky, fun character. Why did you choose her as your protagonist?
I don’t think I really chose Alyx. I think she chose me. That sound’s kind of weird, right? But it’s true. I came up with the idea for Kill or Cure during a morning commute into London, and I was listening to one of my favourite bands, Sigur Ros, on a packed commuter train. My mind was drifting and the opening scene where Alyx is standing barefoot in the forest popped into my head. I went to my crappy day job at the time, but I couldn’t stop thinking about her all day. That night I went home and started to write it down. That was the day Kill or Cure was born. As the story developed, I think I put a lot of myself into Alyx… or me at sixteen. I was a bit of a rebel in those days! But I also wanted her to be flawed and relatable too. Hopefully that comes across in my writing.
4) In your acknowledgements, you mention that this book was originally published on Wattpad. With that in mind, is there any advice you have for aspiring writers?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without Wattpad. It was the catalyst that kick started my career as an author. I’m not as active as I used to be, but I still dip in from time to time, and the community is still thriving. The thing about writing is, it’s a lonely business, right? You’re sat at home, writing your story and you’ve got no idea if it’s good. And on top of that, it can be deeply personal. So, the thought of showing someone else your work is terrifying. It’s like standing up in an auditorium full of people, butt naked and saying, ‘Hey everyone, what do ya think?” Can you imagine? That’s how horrifying sharing your work can be. And even now after I have published three novels, I still get nervous when my books are out for review. But that’s why Wattpad is a brilliant place to start. It’s such a supportive and encouraging community. It’s a great place to get feedback without getting torn to shreds by trolls. Generally speaking, the readers don’t get hung up on bad grammar or typos, because most of the writers are still learning. Everyone has to start somewhere. The very first draft of Kill or Cure is so bad, I hope it never sees the light of day. Jokes aside, if you’re reading this interview and you’re thinking about dipping your toe into the world of writing, get on Wattpad and join a few book clubs – there’s so many to choose from! Just post a few chapters and see what happens. If I can do it, so can you.
5) If there is one message you want readers to take away from your book, what would it be?
In the end, love always wins.
Thanks so much for allowing me to interview you, Pixie!
Fancy listening instead?
The audiobook edition:
Audiobook sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkD1DQmdInk
Animated version for the third book in the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cyr1ZOxOmo&t=1s
Audiobook trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjrKP1uMIFY
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About Pixie Britton:
Pixie Britton is an Amazon best-selling author, occasional podcaster and public speaker. When she’s not writing her debut YA series, Kill or Cure, she’s working with local schools running creative writing workshops and taking pictures of her cat.
Her author career started on the social media platform Wattpad, where her debut novel gained 100k reads within five months. Shortly after, she approached Troubador publishing in the UK and subsequently published the Kill or Cure series.
She lives in a small town outside of London called Leigh-on-sea with her husband and adorable fur baby Pudding. As an all-round book nerd and fan girl, she loves to discuss Stranger Things, The Handmaids Tale, The Walking Dead and any film in the Marvel Universe.