YA (Young Adult) novels are enjoyed by many people around the world, and for good reason, they are full of surprises, intrigue, excitement, danger, and always fabulously strong heroes we all love to dream about. We all adore seeing heroes prevail and overcome odds. I’m sharing two Young Adult Dystopian Novels with fantasy adventure themes, books both you and your child will enjoy immensely.
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Young Adult Dystopian Novels tend to help us think about where we have been as a society, where we are going, and all the what-ifs in between. Young Adult Dystopian novels make us think and inspire us to think about what we want to happen in the future, and what we don’t.
I’m excited to introduce DB Bray, an author of an amazing novel for kids and adults alike. DB Bray is the author of The Last Tribe: A Constitutional Action Adventure post-apocalyptic Fantasy Novel. I love this book! It’s amazing, endearing, tenacious, visionary in its scope with epic lovable characters who don’t give up. It’s educational and intriguing, teaching you, inspiring you as you are entertained. Perfect for inspiring deep wide scope thought in kids and teens in today’s world. I can’t stress it enough, this book is oh so thought provoking in today’s societal climate.
Two hundred years have passed since The Constitution was destroyed on national television. Sixteen-year-old Jack Madison, a direct descendant of James Madison who was a founding father must now repatriate the destroyed pieces. After his tent city is burned to the ground by The Slavers, a vicious conquering tribe who sell children at the auctions. Jack and his brother Toby must head into the North Lands to escape them.
The North Lands are full of slaver tribes, wild animals, looters, and other dangers. If the brothers are to survive, they must conquer their fear, align with as many friendlies as possible if they are to survive. Once all the pieces have been found, they must reinstall a new government-run solely by young people. Adults always mess things up.
Keep reading to learn more about DB Bray in an author interview.
There is no cursing and no inappropriate scenes and this book is rated PG 13. The reading age for this book is ages ten to eighteen, in grades five through twelve. It is 191 pages and available on Kindle and audiobook.The Last Tribe: A Constitutional Action Adventure Novel
I absolutely loved this book! I listened to the audio version by Walt Allen. It was beyond stellar. It’s an epic book.
This is an epic tale every American teen should read. Every. Child. I’m serious. This book is an epic tale and would be a great addition to the educational curriculum of American schools for language arts, government, or social studies. In fact, I’m going to recommend it to my children’s teachers. An ideal novel for home-schooled students as well.
Not just for kids! Adults should read this novel as well. A great fantastic fantasy book rooted in history and yet reaching into the future. It’s a perfect book for kids to read alongside their parents to delve into deep important conversations about the importance of our historical documents and how they can unite people, today and in the future of our country. A great book club activity for kids and parents. Make it a spring break read or a weekend joint reading time on the couch. It’s a great book for summer reading as well.
This book will empower your child.
This is a great adventure novel where kids take charge, prove they’re not just kids, but they are strong and they can make a difference, so … it will also empower children, a phenomenon not often achieved these days.
The storyline is engaging and the perfect pace for an adventure YA novel. The author has successfully combined history, government, activism for the good, adventure, fantasy, education with an action story that even gives us a few snippets of romance. His novel is brilliant. Read it. Or listen to it. I listened as I mentioned above and the narrator does a fabulous job. He does amazing voices and his narration is so rich and smooth while being entertaining. I give this book a 10 out of 5 stars. Loved it. Thoroughly loved it.
The Interview: DB BRAY
What is your name/pen name?
My pen name is DB Bray.
Why did you choose to write a dystopian YA fantasy action adventure?
I chose to write a Constitutional novel so that 14-16-year-olds could have a guided adventure for their parents to have conversations with their children so they know what the amendments mean to a citizen.
What inspired you to write this book? How did you decide on the idea for your story?
A tweet from an agent on Twitter said they would love a book with kids waking up in a post-apocalyptic rollercoaster park….and it morphed into that. Guess that’s what I get from pantsing.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing the novel?
The research for the document and ensuring it is as accurate as possible. And putting unknown facts that many folks didn’t know including myself.
What did you envision your book inspiring in young people?
I want people to know their rights and be able to have a fun adventure in the process.
What do you want readers to take away from your book?
That without love and communication along with our civic duties, democracy won’t survive.
Do you have a favorite character/story/book that you have created?
I love Rufus and Edward in The Last Tribe, more so because Walt Allen did an AMAZING job with audible, which is among my favorite voices. He nailed ‘em.
**This book is also available as an audiobook form.**The Last Tribe
What other things have you written/authored? Non-YA.
I mostly write gritty dark historical crime fiction like Peaky Blinders.Blood & Whiskey: An Irish Street Lit Crime Novella
A humorous dark Western called How The West Wasn’t Won.How The West Wasn’t Won: A Dark Western
I’ve co-authored 2 fantasies with Wahida Clark called Loners (a mixed merc Dwarven and bounty hunter novel) and Emperors and Assassins, African American grimdark fantasy (Caligula meets Assassins Creed).Loners: A Humorous Dwarven Action Adventure Fantasy Wahida Clark Db Bray book
How long have you been writing?
6 years after the death of a friend who once saved my life.
What is your definition of success as a writer/author?
That people enjoy my work. It’s not about the money….never about the money. Just being able to take care of people’s mental health.
Describe a typical writing session for you.
Wow….well I write almost seven days a week. Breaks at my day job….but the real grind comes on the weekend. I write from 530am until 5pm both days. It’s grueling but I’ve gotten used to it.
Do you develop characters or plot first?
I pants, which means that I don’t think of anything, I just put my fingers to the keys and what comes out, is what comes out. Zero outlining….could never write like that.
What are you working on now?
At the current time, I’m mulling over and readying Last Tribe 2, Loners 2, and Emperors and Assassins 2.
What are your short-term writing goals?
To get a solid support base of young adults who enjoy a great adventure story. Keep kids entertained with books and not video games.
What are your long-term writing goals?
To be remembered as someone who spent their time on Earth leaving it a better place than they found it. All I want to make people feel is happy without all the distractions like TV and video games. Exercise your brain muscles.
What genres do you like to read?
Whew…..dark fantasy like Johnathan French, DJ Munden. I’m partial to Chase Bolling in post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi. If I read someone famous that would be a very odd thing. Best writers to me are Indie.
Which authors do you admire?
K’ean Foye is one of the greatest writers of all time. Mad respect for Chase and DJ. I’m partial to really gritty non-happy ending writers. Cause life is tough, but if we keep working, God has a plan.
What are some of your non-writing hobbies and/or interests?
I write so much! …..ummmm…..oh, I spend as much as I can with my and three dogs, Chin, Juno, and Sushi. Yea and walking at Ft. Monroe where Last Tribe kicks off in Hampton Va where I live.The Last Tribe
DB Bray is a writer, ghostwriter, interviewer, and clothing designer based out of Hampton, VA, known as The 757. Born in the small community of Auburn, New York, he excelled in school and sports. But he dreamed of larger cities and diversity.
He took his pen name in honor of his wife’s family.
B- Bartlett, the first freed man in her family after 1865.
Bray-His father-in-law’s nickname who recently passed away at 93.
After failed attempts as a flight attendant, waiter, and empty printer cartridge salesman, he found his skill set as a tradesman.
At night he writes by lamplight, listening to the characters screaming in his head. He is the author of Blood & Whiskey, Blood & Whiskey 2, a series about a young man named Donegan O’Kelly who inadvertently starts a gang war when he kills a rival Italian gang member.
The Last Tribe is his debut YA novel about two brothers, descendents of James Madison tasked to repatriate the destroyed pieces of The Constitution in a post-apocalyptic world.
Co-writer of Loners, a bad ass mixed dnd mercenary company set on retirement by any and all means possible. Some will die for that goal! Come hell or high water, the mission will be accomplished.
When not writing, he loves spending time with his wife Dolores and their three dogs, Chin, Juno, and Sushi (Japanese Chins).
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