Although not your traditional thriller, Clutch is a rare find. Set in the future, 2125 to be more exact you follow nineteen year old Junco Coot described as “the most foul-mouthed, unpredictable and ruthless sniper the Rural Republic” as she is dragged into a journey of self discovery.
My first thoughts were that it was slow to get started, but this was quickly dispelled as the twists and turns arrive fast and furiously, the author J.A Huss does a delightful job of drawing the reader in, with her descriptive scenes and colourful language, giving enough intrigue to keep you hanging and wanting more.
I usually judge a book by how long it is before I put it down, in this case I found it hard at times to take any kind of break finding myself wanting to read one more chapter becoming engrossed in the writer’s portrayal of not only Junco but also her relationship with Tier the alien sent for her.
Huss has done a wonderful job here offering just enough action and suspense to keep you turning the pages, if you haven’t read any of her work then I highly recommend you try this book you won’t be disappointed.
About the Author……in her own words
I’m Julie Huss and I write new adult science fiction under the pen name J. A. Huss and non-fiction science under the pen name J. Anne Huss. My fiction titles include Clutch, Fledge, and Flight – the first three books in the new adult series, I Am Just Junco. I also have more than 190 non-fiction titles that cater to teaching science to home learners.
From where do you get your inspirations for your characters and storylines in your books?
I draw a lot of inspiration from my favorite authors. Most of my science fiction is heavily influenced by the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy by Richard K. Morgan. Junco, the main character in Clutch, was kind of a thought experiment – could you take a cold-hearted killer like Kovacs and put him in a young female body, and if so, what would it take to make her that ruthless? This is how Junco’s story came to be.
I also try to write about the area I live in, which literally is on the edge of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. We live in an interesting place; it’s both pine tree covered foothills on one side and open grassland prairie on the other. Not many people write about the Denver Metro/Colorado Springs area, so I think this is a unique perspective.
What are your favourite books?
My absolute favorite book is Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan. This book is the last in a trilogy about a man who comes back to his home planet after hundreds of years of crime and soldiering and gets sucked back into local politics as he carries out a personal revenge agenda.
I love this book because it's a deep character-driven novel disguised in an awesome twisty plot and filled with just about every science fiction element you can think of. This is a story about people more than anything, and lots of readers never got that about the book. I try to make my stories the same way in that they are always about the characters, not the action going on in the plot – even though there is a lot of action and a lot of twistiness in my books as well.
In addition to that series, I just finished Days of Blood and Starlight, the second in a series by Laini Taylor, and from a young/new adult perspective, these books are rapidly becoming my new favorite. It’s an awesome angel apocalypse fantasy, and I love pretty much anything that has to do with the angel apocalypse…the Junco trilogy is about this particular end of the world event as well.
What are the best and worst things about being a writer?
Reviews, for both answers. When you receive a good review you’re floating with happiness, but the bad ones tend to pull you down for a little bit. Of course, once you get past those initial reviews you tend to stop worrying about it and just get back to work. I also like the freedom to create anything I want. Maybe what I write is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s liberating to have that freedom.
Tell us a little bit about your books, who they are aimed at, and where people can buy them?
The I Am Just Junco series is a new adult sci-fi thriller. It’s aimed at mature teens and adults due to language and violence. It’s a five book series that includes the titles Clutch, Fledge, Flight, Range, and Return. The first three books are currently available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback, and the audiobook version of Clutch should be out in early spring, with the others following shortly thereafter.
All the books are centred around one person – Junco. Junco is just a train wreck mess of a character. The story unfolds as a first person account of her unravelling, the day of her father’s funeral, and throughout it all she shows herself to be a pretty unreliable narrator. Her worldview is severely skewed, but it’s been engineered that way on purpose by the people around her. I can’t say too much about the plot in any of the books because it’s very twisty and mostly secret, and while both the reader and Junco are living this wild ride together, each of them only receive a small piece of the puzzle at any one time. Readers who enjoy the series and hang on until the last book will be rewarded with an eye-opening look with many more points of view.
The fourth book in this series, called Range, will be out on April 1, 2013 and the fifth and final book, Return, is scheduled for release on October 1, 2013.
Author Blog: http://jahuss.com/
Book Blog: http://newadultaddiction.blogspot.com/
YouTube Trailer – CLUTCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz0PWDGoTJY
YouTube Trailer – FLEDGE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_LYS0N1OAY
YouTube Trailer – FLIGHT – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_-uY4NnamM