Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for INTO THE SUBLIME! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with Kate A. Boorman to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so excited to for you to find out more about it!
Published on July 26, 2022 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genres: Contemporary, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, YA
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When the cops arrive, only a few things are clear:
- Four girls entered a dangerous cave.
- Three of them came out alive.
- Two of them were rushed to the hospital.
- And one is soaked in blood and ready to talk.
Amelie Desmarais' story begins believably enough: Four girls from a now-defunct thrill-seeking group planned an epic adventure to find a lake that Colorado locals call "The Sublime." Legend has it that the lake has the power to change things for those who risk—and survive—its cavernous depths. They each had their reasons for going. For Amelie, it was a promise kept to her beloved cousin, who recently suffered a tragic accident during one of the group’s dares.
But as her account unwinds, and the girls’ personalities and motives are drawn, things get complicated. Amelie is hardly the thrill-seeking type, and it appears she’s not the only one with the ability to deceive. Worse yet, Amelie is covered in someone's blood, but whose exactly? And where's the fourth girl?
Is Amelie spinning a tale to cover her guilt? Or was something inexplicable waiting for the girls down there? Amelie's the only one with answers, and she's insisting on an explanation that is more horror-fantasy than reality. Maybe the truth lies somewhere in between?
After all, strange things inhabit dark places. And sometimes we bring the dark with us.
What would you do if you spent the day with Amelie? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
Amelie definitely does better one-on-one so it would be best if we did something where the social obligations were few. An amusement park might be a good idea; it would give her a safe outlet for that misplaced desire to capitalize on her freedom…. and, we’d probably eat all the food that is terrible for you, and which she was kept away from until recently: cotton candy, deep fried Oreos, corn dogs… I recently tried funnel cake for the very first time so definitely funnel cake.
If Amelie were to hang out with other fictional characters, who would they be and why?
I feel like she might think she’d want to hang out with girls who are a bit badass/fearless like the characters in Courtney Summers’ or Laurie Devore’s books? but I feel like she would do better if she hung out with “quieter” characters who encouraged her to be honest—maybe from Nina LaCour’s or Jandy Nelson’s books.
If there was one fictional place you could travel to for a day, where would it be and why?
I’d probably go nap in Loth Lorien—those elven beds sound amazing. So leafy and soft and snoozy! And the food doesn’t *sound* good but apparently it tastes good? And I’m always snack-ish after a nap.
If you buried a time capsule with three items inside, what three items would you choose and why?
Hmmm. Maybe, as a throwback to my childhood and diary-writing days, I’d write up a manifesto of all the things I am worried about and the changes I wish to see in the world and put that in. Then people could see how misplaced (or dead on) my anxieties and expectations were.
Speaking of things I’m worried about: A smartphone is maybe an obvious choice, but people in the future need to know what everyone was addicted to!
And then speaking of addictions: I’m Canadian so I’m also going to throw in the ultimate junk food, which is Hawkins Cheezies. It’s entirely possible they will still be in circulation when this time capsule is opened, since they’ve been a snack food for, like, 80 years already? It’s also entirely possible the bag I put in will not spoil. They’re “made with 100% Canadian Cheese” but also… other things.
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
There is apparently an underground lake on Mars! Radar has detected a twelve-mile-long body of water almost a mile under the surface of its south pole. And they think it’s likely not the only underground lake! This is very cool, but really has nothing to do with my book.
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from Into the Sublime?
I quite like the first scene with the girls all together, driving into the wilds, talking and showing glimpses of their personality. I like that sense of adventure of going somewhere new and unknown, the anticipation of what’s to come… undercut with a sense of foreboding. It’s all fun and games! Except you just know it won’t be.
What do you think about Into the Sublime? Have you added it to your tbr yet? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!