Talking Dystopic Novels and LAST STAR BURNING with Caitlin Sangster

I had so much fun sitting down with author Caitlin Sangster to chat about dystopic novels and her wonderful debut novel Last Star Burning, which comes out on October 10th!

It was so fascinating to get more insight into Last Star Burning and the genre as a whole. Caitlin also has some great advice for aspiring authors out there and a podcast coming out this month to help writers on their journey as well.

Be sure to check out our interview and then click here to subscribe to the Literary Work in Progress podcast!

Interview with Caitlin Sangster

About the Book

28797211Title: Last Star Burning

Author: Caitlin Sangster

Pub. Date: October 10, 2017

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 400

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.


Pre-order Your Signed Copy

Caitlin will be doing an event at my favorite local indie bookshop The King’s English Bookshop on October 20th at 7:00 PM! Which means, you can pre-order your signed copy by clicking on the book cover below! Be sure to mention in the comments that you would like your copy signed during the event!

Last Star Burning

About Caitlyn

From Caitlyn’s Website


Caitlin Sangster grew up in the back woods of California and would rather go hiking, running, swimming, or general outdoorsing than just about anything else. If there aren’t any mountains, it doesn’t count as a real place. At eighteen, she moved to XinJiang, and at twenty-one it was Taiwan. She did eventually buckle down and graduate from Brigham Young University with a BA in Asian Studies and is now that person you avoid at parties because she’ll probably start talking about Shang dynasty oracle bones.

Caitlin has been writing since middle school. She always thought of it as a silly sort of compulsive habit until she realized that people like reading stories and she liked writing them and there wasn’t much silly about that.

She currently lives in Utah with her husband and four children.

Have you pre-ordered your copy of Last Star Burning yet? What are some of your favorite YA dystopic novels?

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23 thoughts on “Talking Dystopic Novels and LAST STAR BURNING with Caitlin Sangster

  1. Annalee says:

    There are only Barnes and Nobles where I live. Or so I thought. I am going to check the nearest local indie bookshop next week. I hope that it is as good as your King’s English.


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh, awesome! I hope you discover a hidden gem out there. I just discovered TKE a couple of years ago, because Sarah J. Maas was doing a signing there. It literally changed my life.


  2. LHauser27 says:

    Hi! Great interview! I’m always so jealous of people who look so normal on camera 🙂 lol. Caitlin’s advice about pushing through to the end is so great. It’s difficult to keep going sometimes!
    🙂 Leslie


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Hey, Leslie!! Hahaha. I don’t know about that. It’s so hard to watch yourself on camera. You’re just internally cringing the whole time. 🙂 I did LOVE her advice. Actually putting it into practice proves to be harder for me, but someday! LOL. Thanks so much! ❤


  3. bookprincessreviews says:

    I loved her point about how you have to keep writing and get that first draft done. Once you get that first draft, it really helps how you feel about the rest of your writing. You asked some fantastic questions! And the Harry Potter House question was great as well. A sneaky Gryiffidor (dear gosh, I cannot spell that word XD). Wonderful job, Krysti! 🙂


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