Wednesday, July 13, 2016

[Blog Tour] Guest Post + Giveaway of Elysium Chronicles by J.A. Souders

I'd like to welcome J.A. Souders, author of the Elysium Chronicles to Short & Sweet Reviews Blog! On today's Rebellion tour stop Jessica will be sharing her thoughts on the conclusiont of her trilogy. Don't forget to check out the giveaway at the end of the post!

Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication July 12, 2016 by Tor Teen
Back in Elysium at last, Evie has finally found her true self hidden under layers and layers of false memories implanted by the woman she knew as Mother. Thanks to the intervention of her father, she knows the horrible truth about Mother and her insidious plans for her city. With the help of the love of her life, Gavin, and her best friend, Asher St. James, she’s determined to free her people from the cruel dictatorship of Mother’s laws. But how do you free people who don’t know they need rescuing?

Working with the growing Underground rebellion, Evie tries to remove Mother from her position by force—with disastrous results. As the body count rises, Evie must find a way to save Elysium before Mother destroys them all.


Hi everyone and thank you Short and Sweet Reviews for hosting me here!

I thought about this post for a long time, before I could decide what to write about today, and I decided to talk about the elephant in the room (or at least in MY room. :P) so to speak. The end of the series.

In case you didn’t know, Rebellion is the third and final book in the Elysium Chronicles. Bittersweet to me, to be sure. I love this series and the characters, and I especially love this world. I tossed around the idea of writing more in the world itself, with a different story, and different cast of characters, but it’s time (for now) to move on. And I’m excited to start the other books that have been impatiently swimming around in my brain.

Writing the end of a series, any series I’m sure, but specifically a SF one, is both the hardest and easiest thing I’ve ever written. I already know the characters. I know how they act, how they speak, what their fears and goals and motivations are. During the course of the series I got to see how much they’ve changed from the people they were in the beginning. I know the world and its idiosyncrasies. From tech that makes the city possible, to the both small and big things that can make it fail.  So instead of worrying about researching things, I could focus on writing its story.

But it was the hardest too; partially because I knew I’d be saying good-bye at the end of it. And partially because there were so many loose ends I had to tie up from all three books. Little things I wrote in Renegade and Revelations had suddenly become super important in Rebellion. The Evie whose life was “just about perfect” at the beginning of the series, had seen and done so much during the course of the series, she’d had no choice but to change. She’s a completely different character than she was in the beginning. And everyone who knew her (us, too), has to adjust to her as well. Including Mother who, of course, still has a few tricks up her sleeve.

So…all that to say, this is the end of the Elysium Chronicles (for now) and true to the stories before it, anything can happen in Rebellion. So keep an open mind and remember nothing can start without there first being an end.

And now, I’m sure you have questions. I probably have the answers. Fire away, but don’t forget to include spoiler warnings!

Thanks to the wonderful people at Tor, I have a complete set of the ELYSIUM CHRONICLES to give away to a lucky reader! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter below! 

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Blog Tour Schedule

July 11 – Chapter by Chapter

July 13 – Short & Sweet Reviews

July 14 – Gizmo’s Reviews

J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an over abundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble. 

Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her imaginary friends to work and started writing. She now lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children and is an active member of the RWA, SFWA, YARWA and SCBWI. 


  1. Your series sounds so exciting! how did you create the setting? did you do any research?

  2. I did A LOT of research. Months and months of research. Lol. And I was able to create that setting by using that research and from my own research being in the Navy. :)

  3. I loved Renegade and Revelations so I can't wait to read Rebellion! Did you plot the entire book out first or write it as you went along?