Staying alive... Cargo by Jen Castleberry (Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway)

(Yes, that song is now going through my head...) Cargo is a mix of SciFi (there are aliens) and Dystopian, which I find interesting. The author is stopping by to share how to survive traveling to the Reservation, the supposedly "safe" part of earth. Check that out below...

YA Dystopian, SciFi
Paperback & ebook, 182 Pages
January 17th 2016


The earth has been reduced to a singular continent, governed by extra-terrestrials, collapsed by nuclear weapons residue and wracked with radiation sickness. Only one viable territory remains, and access there is restricted by a mysterious selection process. Everyone hopes to be chosen for transport. Everyone but Cass.

Seventeen year old Cassidy Hartinger has spent the past eleven years living in a government-maintained bunker. She should be thrilled when a handsome transporter arrives to take her to the Reservation. So why does she feel like he's dragging her, kicking and screaming, straight into the anti-paradise?

Faced with gun-wielding survivalists and elemental catastrophes, will Cass make it more than two steps out of the bunker? Will her journey to peace and safety in the Reservation turn out to be the most perilous thing she's encountered so far?

Fast-paced action and a tumultuous teenage romance will keep readers begging for more installments of The Reservation Trilogy!

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Ten Things to Bring with You, Traveling to the Reservation

First of all, pack light! You’re going to be doing a lot of walking in the hot sun. If you listen to your transporter, you’ll bring nothing. (It’s just going to be incinerated at the Launch Station anyway.) But if you listen to me, you’ll pack the following items:

1. A disguise. Something to get you through the city. If your transporter lets you dawdle the day away, then you’re going to be traveling at night. And the city-dwellers do their city dwelling at night. They don’t take too kindly to spoiled bunker kids (like you).

2. Sunblock. Once again: Sun. Desert. Hot. You’ve probably been living in a hole for years. You have zero melanin on your side. The sun is going to boil you alive.

3. A compass. Your transporter probably has one of these already. But if you get lost, (or wander off), it’ll be a better navigational asset than a tree.

4. A stargazer’s map. Just for fun. The stars in the desert are brilliant at night.

5. Water. If you’re lucky, your Transporter will have some left in his reservoir pack. (Or he’ll have some stowed away somewhere.) An extra flask of H20 might be all that saves you in a brink-of-death situation.

6. A weapon. Something heavy. Something sharp. The desert might seem like an empty expanse of space, but it’s got its own stores of survivalists, and they’ve got guns.

7. A first aid kit. You might make it to the Launch Station without incident. Or you might be an incident-magnet, like Cass.

8. A book or a game. Something to pass the time while your transporter makes googly eyes at you.

9. A FitBit. You’re gonna be racking up those steps, might as well count them! (Just kidding. Being a bunker kid, your bikini body is a little overdone. Let’s get you to the Launch Station and put some meat on those bones.)

10. An insult or two. Keep ‘em up your sleeve for easy access. Transporters and patrolmen can be an intolerable breed. Have some sass on hand, and you’ll hold your own just fine.

Good luck making it out of the desert alive!

About the Author

Jen Castleberry is a North Carolina native currently based in Virginia Beach, VA. She is a Communications graduate and proud ECU alum.

When she's not writing, Castleberry works full-time as a Veterinary Assistant at a local animal shelter.

Her affection for all critters, large and small, comes home with her at the end of each day. She frequently lends her house and heart to homeless animals in need of foster.

Her own clan of silly creatures include an Akita, a Basset Hound, a Maine Coon, and of course, her active-duty husband.

At twenty-seven, Castleberry hopes to soon realize a life-long dream of writing professionally.

The first installment of her YA debut series premiered in January of 2016.

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