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The world's going to end in fire...and it's all Kyle's fault.
Kyle Wolfe's world is about to crash and burn. Just weeks away from graduation, a fire kills Kyle's two best friends and leaves him permanently scarred. A fire that Kyle accidentally set the night he cheated on his boyfriend Danny with their female friend, Shira. That same day, a strange new planet, Obscura, appears in the sky. And suddenly Kyle's friends aren't all that dead anymore. Each time Kyle goes to sleep, he awakens to two different realities. In one, his boyfriend Danny is still alive, but Shira is dead. In the other, it's Shira who's alive...and now they're friends with benefits.
Shifting between realities is slowly killing him, and he's not the only one dying. The world is dying with him. He's pretty sure Obscura has something to do with it, but with his parents' marriage imploding and realities shifting each time he closes his eyes, Kyle has problems enough without being the one in charge of saving the world...
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Obscura Burning Playlist
Music is incredibly important to me, especially while I write. I craft a playlist for each book, and sometimes even for individual characters. While writing and rewriting Obscura Burning, I mostly listened to the instrumental music by the band Explosions in the Sky, however, several songs – both old and new – have since become inextricably entangled with this novel. These are the songs I've shared in the Spotify playlist. There are too many to talk about them all, but I thought I'd mention the 5 songs I consider the most important to this novel.
- Scars by Papa Roach – this song really speaks to Kyle's despair and confusion over losing the two most important people in his life, and yet living between two worlds where one or the other seems to still be alive. Kyle is also struggling to come to terms with with very real, physical scars while simultaneously trying to cope with the emotional and psychological scars of the trauma he's suffered.
- Where is my mind? By The Pixies – the title says it all. Kyle's realities are spinning out of control and the song perfectly captures his inexorable sense of unraveling.
- Far Too Young to Die by Panic! At the Disco – Kyle is struggling to make sense of the deaths of the two people closest to him. As teenagers, this song speaks literally to the fact that these characters died way before their time. Lines in the song such as 'Fixation or psychosis? Devoted to neurosis now' echoes Kyle's crumbling mental state.
- Hopeless by Boy Epic – 'This is that hopeless, tragic romance, me and you' – this line in the song perfectly sums up Kyle's love life. No matter which reality he finds himself in, he can never seem to do the right thing and constantly ends up hurting the ones he loves.
- Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional – the very last word of this song is 'redemption,' which is very much the core theme of the novel as Kyle desperately tries to understand what role he may have had in the tragedy that tears his world into a dozen, swirling pieces.
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Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland where she finds the heavy metal soothing and the cold, dark forests inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When she grows up, she wants to be an elf – until then, she spends her time (when not writing) climbing, buying far too many books, and entertaining her shiba inu, Lego.
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