Blog Tour Stop: UNBREATHABLE by Hafsah Laziaf

18365306One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth was destroyed, and the remaining humans fled to the dusty red planet of Jutaire, where the only oxygen is manufactured, food is scarce, and death strikes often. 
When Lissa’s father discovers Earth still exists, she accidentally inhales the toxic air of Jutaire, and in one breath, discovers she isn’t quite human.
Her father hangs for his discovery, and Lissa knows the Chancellors will come for her, for she saw the Earth that night too. With nothing to lose, she sets out to expose the truth. It isn’t long before she meets Julian, a beautiful boy who can breathe the toxic air like she can – and shows her that the Jute, the original inhabitants of the planet, are more tangled in their lives than she knows.
But the Chancellors are only pawns in a greater game – one where the Jute control everything. Worse, the Jute plan to leave Jutaire for Earth, but to get there, they need her. And they’ll stop at nothing until Lissa is in their clutches, even if they kill every human in the process. 
The race for Earth has begun.

What inspired you to write UNBREATHABLE?

UNBREATHABLE was inspired by a search for a never-before-used first line. I never set out to write a story set in space, but when the words 'search' and 'earth' popped into my head, I couldn't let it go.

When did you start writing?

I was a late-bloomer in the writing department. I started at 17, after seventeen years of hating writing. So it's been about three years.

What inspired you to become a writer?

It may seem cliche, but I had a dream that led me to write my first novel, and then I just couldn't stop.

How did you go about writing the character’s personalities?

Hmm, they just came about on their own! I love broken characters, so that may be why everyone in UNBREATHABLE has a broken past that made them who they are. I know a lot of writers who base characters off of real life people, but I never did that.

Do you have plans to write more about UNBREATHABLE’s world?

I have plans for a sequel, and a prequel - about why humans left Earth, and also more about the Lost Colony mentioned in UNBREATHABLE ;)

Do you plan to write future novels?

Oh, yes. If I don't end up writing more for UNBREATHABLE (which all depends on how many people want more), I'll still write more. Either a rewrite of one of my older manuscripts, or a new one I'm itching to share.

What is your favorite book?

I have so many favorites, but the first that comes to mind is SHADOW & BONE by Leigh Bardugo.

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  1. This sounds like a book that would be right up my alley! And I love the cover!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  2. Thanks for being on the tour Alex!!
    Inky/Merp Squad Team