A Soldier and a Liar
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: February 19th 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
In a world on the brink of war, four superpowered teens must learn to work together for peace in Caitlin Lochner’s action-packed debut novel, A Soldier and A Liar.
Lai Cathwell is good at keeping secrets. As a Nyte, a supernaturally gifted teenager who is feared and shunned by the ungifted, this skill is essential to survival. Orchestrating her own imprisonment to escape military duty has only honed her ability to deceive others. But when rebels start attacking the city, Lai is dragged back into the fight with a new team of Nytes.
Thrown together with Jay, a self-conscious perfectionist consumed by the desire to be accepted; Al, a short-tempered fighter lying for the sake of revenge; and Erik, an amnesiac hell-bent on finding his memories and his place in the world, Lai realizes she’s facing an entirely different kind of challenge–one that might just be impossible. But if this team can’t learn to work together, the entire sector will be plunged into war.
(Um, so, wow bios are hard.) I studied creative writing at the University of South Florida and used my BA in words to become an English teaching assistant in Tokyo. I’m in love with storytelling of any kind, but especially in the form of books, manga, and video games. If you ever want to talk nerdy, I am VERY down.
“If you had a supernatural power which one would it be and what would you do with it?”
I wish I could be a good person and say something like healing any injury or disease, or having the ability to bring world peace, but I feel like my honest answer would be having the power to shapeshift into any animal.
I mean, how fun and convenient would that be? I’d never walk anywhere as a human again. Flying as a bird or running as a cheetah for me, anywhere I’d go. I could also visit other countries anytime I wanted without having to worry about plane tickets or airports—I could just fly there. I could explore the deepest parts of the ocean no human’s ever been able to see in person. I could see and experience so many incredibly things I can only dream of now.
I also have this weird anxiety about looking at people, and sometimes even things, too closely. But if I was a bird, I could observe whatever I wanted for however long I wanted without worrying that someone would catch me. Plus, I could finally be that fly on the wall for anything I wanted to eavesdrop in on.
I will say though, during the last few years especially, I’ve been really wanting the ability to bestow empathy on anyone I choose. I watch some politicians speak and all I can think is, “How can you say stuff like this? Don’t you feel guilty at all for the things you’re doing or advocating for that are hurting thousands, if not millions, of people?” They just don’t seem to care. I would love to have the power to instill a sense of empathy for others, fairness, and a better sense of right and wrong. I think the world would be a much better place if the people in power had more of this.
Even just people I meet out in public sometimes, like the guy who’s a jerk to his cashier or the woman making racist comments. What a wonderful world it would be if everyone cared about everyone else.