Sarah Fine's Of Metal and Wishes is quickly winning over readers with its dark premise and diverse characters. With hints of The Phantom of the Opera, it's not hard to see why readers are already eager for the sequel. Today, Sarah answers some of our burning questions about the novel's setting, the cultural dynamics and diversity in YA. Take a look:
The book is set in a slaughterhouse, which is a refreshing and perfectly creepy setting. Can you tell us a little bit about how the setting came to be and how it plays its own role in the novel?
I have been haunted by The Jungle by Upton Sinclair for years, ever since I read it as a teen. A few years ago, I was watching the documentary Food Inc., and there was some hidden camera video of workers, mostly undocumented, working in terrible conditions in a poultry processing plant. The moment I saw that, it reminded me of The Jungle, and I just decided I needed to write a book set in a slaughterhouse. Inspiration can be random like that.