Protagonist to Antagonist: Shari Sakurai talks about her latest release, Adam!

Adam CoverAdam is my latest release and is a companion novel to my Perfect World series. I decided to write Adam as I felt that in order to tell Adam Larimore’s story properly he needed his own novel.”

Adam is set in London in 2112 and begins by introducing readers to the life of the troubled-teen and heir to Larimore Systems – a multi-billion pound company owned by Adam’s father Victor Larimore. Victor Larimore is a self-made business man and his focus is primarily on his company and fortune. Victor paid to have a son genetically engineered as he was entering later life and had never married and fathered an heir. However, Victor subsequently marries socialite Eleanor Nichols and welcomes her and her son, Joseph, into the family. Whilst Joseph lacks in the intellect and drive needed to take over the running on the highly successful company, his straight-laced persona makes him more favourable in Victor’s eyes than his wild and difficult biological son.”

“As a result of his father’s neglect, and often cruelty, Adam acts out and frequently finds himself under arrest for his behaviour. Rather than try to reach out to his son, Victor simply reacts in anger and further widens the gap between them.”

“Fundamentally Adam explores the ethics of genetic modification and how an individual would react upon learning that they were essentially created to specification and for a specific purpose. Joseph often sneers at Adam’s background and calls him a ‘freak’ and comments that Adam is his father’s failed science project, despite the fact that Joseph himself – like all babies in post-tsunami and war England – is also genetically engineered. The difference for Adam is that he was not created by two parents who loved each other and wanted a son; he was designed as a perfect heir for his father’s company. Victor Larimore sees him as another of his investments and treats Adam accordingly. Whilst at first Adam’s segregation from everyone else appears somewhat self-inflicted, as the novel progresses it becomes apparent that most of the upper-class treat him with disdain and see him as Adam often sees himself; a failure and disappointment.”

“Above all, all Adam really wants is his father’s love and for Victor to be proud of him, but this desire is embittered by his father’s constant rejection. This rejection, by Victor and others, is constantly reinforced throughout the novel and, disheartened and full of anger, Adam makes a decision that will not only have serious consequences for him, but many others in the Perfect World series as a whole.”

Adam tells the story of Adam Larimore’s journey from protagonist to antagonist. Adam is not a traditional villain but rather an individual whose circumstances, combined with the betrayals of those closest to him, set him on this path. There is a moment in the novel where had Adam been allowed to reach out then his fate might have been a lot different.”

Adam is available now from Amazon US/UK.

Adam Release Date!

I’m excited to announce that the release date for Adam will be Saturday 12th March 2016! Apologies to everyone who has been patiently awaiting this companion novel, but due to circumstances  I was not able to release Adam last year as planned. Further details including a cover reveal will be announced very soon so please keep checking back here or on my website www.sharisakurai.com!

~Shari Sakurai

New look website!

As 2015 draws to a close, the Perfect World website has been updated with a new layout!

Due to circumstances beyond the author’s control the release date for Adam has been pushed back, but there will be an announcement confirming the release date very soon!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

England of the Future! Shari Sakurai talks about Perfect World

England of the Future! Shari Sakurai talks about Perfect World (Perfect World series, Book #1)

Perfect World was one of those stories that seemed to tell itself. I was working on the second draft of Demon’s Blood at the time and had reached a point where I needed to take a break from it, but beginning another novel wasn’t what I necessarily had in mind! The story just came to me last April (2013) and I was so taken with the premise that I couldn’t not write it down! I started working on a few draft chapters before going back to Demon’s Blood, but I continued to write the odd chapter alongside it until Demon’s Blood’s completion in late 2013.”

Perfect World is set in a fictional version of London in 2115. Much of the world has been devastated by tsunamis, war and poverty. There is little trust and almost no contact between the countries that remain. England has virtually isolated itself with help from the defence shields and advanced technology that protects the major cities. I took many of the themes for Perfect World from topics that are relevant to us today.

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The White Tower, The Tower of London 

Climate change is an ever-growing concern and issue, as is the controversial topic of genetic science to produce so called ‘designer babies’, and the rapidly advancing and impact of technology on peoples’ lives. This London, and England, is an interpretation of what could happen if things in our present are allowed to progress as they are and how people living in 2115 are effected as a result.”

“Whilst the London of future is virtually unrecognisable, famous and historical landmarks still feature in the form of archive footage. Archive footage was first developed before the great tsunamis to create virtual holiday packages.  The idea was that you could purchase software which would allow you to visit a destination in virtual reality in the comfort of your own home. After the devastation the Government and L.S.A (London Security Agency) seized what footage remained and reclassified it as archive footage depicting cities and countries as they were. The footage was put into storage with limited access. Eric Rawlins, the novel’s protagonist, is particularly fond of viewing the archive footage and often ‘visits’ the Tower of London and the Natural History Museum.”

“Another of the novel’s themes is the developing relationship between Eric Rawlins and Adam Larimore. As Eric was brought up by the L.S.A as London’s hero, Eric and Adam are naturally adversaries when the novel begins. However, Eric learns that the L.S.A as its own agenda and that the people of London’s interests are not very high on this. A series of events mean that Eric finds himself in north London, which Adam had taken over before the novel begins. There he learns more about the Government and L.S.A’s role in controlling and deceiving the people. He also starts to see Adam in a new light. This causes quite a bit of conflict between both characters and they struggle to come to terms with their changing relationship as the novel progresses.”

“In some ways Eric and Adam are quite similar. Both were created for specific purposes. Eric was created to be a hero and to protect London and Adam as an heir to his father’s empire. When Eric learns of Adam’s past, he feels empathy with the villain, as he knows what it is like to be manipulated and used. Even though it causes him great conflict Eric begins to develop feelings for Adam. Adam’s feelings for Eric are more complex and are something that he struggles with. To an extent Adam keeps up a pretence and is terrified at the prospect of confronting his feelings, and events in his past. However, for the sake of them both, and the city, he may have to face up to them sooner than he is prepared for.”

Perfect World (Perfect World series, Book #1) is available now from amazon.com/amazon.co.uk.

Article originally published in the Shari Sakurai newsletter