Blog Tour: First We Were IV (Guest Post)

Today I have the immense pleasure of joining the First We Were IV blog tour. Alexandra Sirowy's  third novel, First We Were IV is a thriller novel that just came out this week. Fun Fact: Alexandra Sirowy participated in the first year of the Meet the Newbies blog event! Without further ado, Alexandra shares a guest post on rebellions and her favorite fictional rebels.

Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Genre: YA Thriller
Page Length: 448 pages
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Source: Publisher
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A group of friends start a secret society in this out-of-control thriller from the author of The Telling and The Creeping that examines the all-consuming love of lifelong friendship—and what someone is capable of when they’re afraid of losing it.

Izzie loves nothing more than her three best friends, Viv, Graham, and Harry, and the bond the four of them share. And she’s terrified of their friendship falling apart next year when they go off to college. To bind them together, she decides to create that will belong only to them, a special thing that they’ll always share between the four of them. And so they dream up the Order of IV, a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts. At first, it works like a charm—but when the Order of IV’s escapades get recognition beyond their wildest expectations, other people start wanting in. And soon, what started as a game of friendship is spiraling into something dangerous and beyond their control—and before it’s over, they’ll pay the ultimate sacrifice.

Guest Post:

Four best friends invent a secret society devoted to vigilante-pranks. They call their pranks rebellions, and they are rebellions against authority and injustice and anyone who dares stand in Izzie, Viv, Graham, and Harry’s way. What could go wrong?

The title of First We Were IV should clue you in immediately. A lot can go wrong.

Opening with the arrival of the police, evidence of an accident or murder, and the statement “First we were four. Now we are three,” the story jumps back to relate how the four friends’ secret society ratchets dangerously out of control, leaving the mystery of what happens to one of them (and to which one) and the Order of IV’s rebellions to pull you through the book.

Part contemporary mystery, part dark, fantastical thriller, FWWIV is my rebel heart.

From books like Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, where heroines make waves by defying social norms and sexism, to epics like Hunger Games that have me whistling the mockingjay’s tune, I’ve always loved books with rebellion. Give me a one-girl revolution, where she’s defying the odds and what others think of her. Give me a thousand-person army out to defeat a tyrant king. I’m in.

If FWWIV were a person, its skeleton would be friendship, its muscles revenge, its skin mystery – this got graphic, but I’m rolling with it – and its heart rebellion. At its core, this is a book about rebellion. Those we fight to win. Those we fight knowing we’ll lose. And those we fight because fighting feels like living.

United as the Order of IV, the four protagonists of FWWIV conspire and act against the authority in their California coastal town – the police department that let a girl’s murder go unsolved, the mayor who wanted it all hushed up, and the grownups who stayed quiet. And each protagonist fights her or his own rebellion – some out in the open and others maneuvering in secret.

Read on for a few of my favorite fictional rebellions.

The Liars rebellion in E. Lockhart’s WE WERE LIARS. This was one of those underneath-the-current rebellions. It snuck up on you. The kids challenged the grownups, elitism, classicism, and events spiraling out of control. And you don’t find out until the very end that there was a steep price to pay.

The hero of V for Vendetta fights a neo-fascist regime and looks like a resurrected Guy Fawkes in his iconic mask. It screams rebellion. This mask got me thinking. All rebellions need a symbol of resistance. I won’t share any spoilers by clueing you in to what the symbol is in FWWIV, but it starts popping up, to the surprise of the Order of IV as their rebellion catches and spreads.

The students of Ancient Greek studies in The Secret History. I’m cheating a little here. The Secret History isn’t really a young adult book, but it’s a suspense novel with coming of age themes, hence young adult-ish. The five students majoring in Ancient Greek who the book follows aren’t revolutionaries bringing down a tyrant, but they are in a rebellion against reality, themselves, growing up, and history, all while covering up a murder. This book made me think about rebellion differently. It helped me come up with the dark and twisted rebellion of the Order of IV.

Feyre, Rhysand, and the dreamers in a Court of Ruins and Wings. I know everyone and their mother, literally, has read this series. I love the juxtaposition between power and rebellion in these books. I love that Sarah J. Maas somehow pulls off making the most powerful High Lord ever, the underdog and revolutionary. With a dose of magic and scheming she makes rebellion illusive, deadly, and sexy. Lessons I kept in mind while writing FWWIV.

I want to hear what your favorite fictional rebellions are! Tweet me @AlexandraSirowy

Author Bio:

Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING, the Bram Stoker Award® Nominated THE TELLING, and the upcoming FIRST WE WERE IV. Alexandra attended a women's college as an undergrad and received her graduate degree in International Studies. When she isn't writing, she loves to travel, read, eat, and get into mischief. She lives with her husband in Northern California.

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1
July 10: Bookish Lifestyles - Tote Design
July 11: Brittany's Book Rambles - Guest Post
July 12: Emily Reads Everything - Review
July 13 Biscotto's Books - Moodboard
July 14: Forever Lost in Literature - Review

Week 2
July 17: My Friends Are Fiction - Guest Post
July 18: Literary Legionnaire - Review
July 19: The Reader and the Chef - Review
July 20: Novel Novice - Guest Post
July 21: Dark Faerie Tales - Interview

Week 3
July 24: YA and Wine - Review + Guest Post
July 25: YA Book Central - Spotlight
July 26: Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Review
July 27: A Perfection Called Books - Guest Post

What are some of your favorite fictional rebellions?
Rachel is a teenaged unapologetic fangirl and perfectionist.

She loves reading for the escape it gives from reality and enjoys crying over books, swooning over characters, and laughing out loud over funny lines. She is a semi-recovering Netflix addict and a middle child of three.

You can find her on Twitter @yaperfectionist & Goodreads.

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