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Who would you die/kill for?

Nikki Haase Author Interview

Nikki Haase Author Interview

In Experiment X: Exposed Dr. Thaddeus unveils his plan to create an army of super-humans and the masses rejoice. This seems like an easy reference to many terrible things throughout history. What was your inspiration for this moment?

For this moment, I was inspired by how easily influenced masses of people are, and how quickly they can become terrified of something that probably isn’t true. We are told that we have these enemies when we’re just the least bit scared of something so that we have a finger to point at someone, even if that enemy is false. Too many people believe their ‘leaders’ when they tell them who to blame and that they need protection from something that likely doesn’t even exist.

I find that authors sometimes ask questions and have their characters answer them. What were some questions you asked yourself while creating your characters?

A big one that I had asked myself and my characters is actually addressed in the very beginning of the book, ‘who are you?’. Generally, people ask only about your job and/or school as if that’s all we are. But, it’s not. Shed away the layers that are on the surface of yourself and find out what’s left. What can you survive? Who do you love? Who would you die/kill for?

What can readers expect in book three in the Experiment X series, Experiment X: Revolt?

Readers can definitely expect some more bloodshed, war in both the Lab and on the streets, revenge, friends and allies in unlikely places, redemption, new abilities/powers, and some gruesome satisfaction.

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Experiment X: Exposed by [Haase, Nikki]

They were dead!

I watched one of them die!

Doctor James Thaddeus just presented them as Captains on live TV. Right after he informed a brainwashed world that he was accepting volunteers to expand his super soldier army.
It’s been nearly a year since I helped release imprisoned Subjects from the Lab and the last thing I want is to see is that horrid ‘Doctor’ create more human weapons to treat like rats.

Shawn and I need answers to what we are if we’re going to attack the facility again and stop Thaddeus.

Although it would be easier if Lab-loyal Subjects didn’t capture us, dragging us back to the Lab like criminals.

We’ll just have to take them down from the inside this time.

We can’t let Thaddeus win.

He’ll kill us.

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Experiment X: Exposed

Experiment X: Exposed by [Haase, Nikki]

Experiment X: Exposed is the second installment of the Experiment X Trilogy. Exposed jumps right back into the lives of Karen and her commands a year after their escape from Dr. Thaddeus’s lab. Those freed from the horrors of their capture spend their days slowly recovering and training their elemental powers. It isn’t long until Dr. Thaddeus makes a grand appearance on national television to unveil his new plan to create an army of superhumans; Experiment R. The unsuspecting population rejoice. Soon droves of volunteers sign up to take part with the promises of wealth and prestige. At the same time, Karen receives a coded message from her former captain embarking her on a journey that once again puts Hher physical and mental capabilities to their limits.

For those who enjoyed the first book, I highly recommend the second. If Sacrifice was about Karen discovering her powers, Exposed is about mastering them. Needless to say, Karen is back at it, supercharged, and ready to go.

Despite the obvious difference in power, Karen is a relatable character. Her anger, pride, and raw emotions are illustrated with such care from a first-person perspective. As the main character, Karen is portrayed with enough detail to make her believable and yet still given room to grow. She is a strong girl with a strong personality. Such perfection with one character made the haphazard way that other characters were thrown in seem jarring. Because the story is from a first-person perspective, all other character growth is described through Karen’s thoughts. Some of the major players are well remembered for their importance to Karen. However, many new characters are not given the time to develop a relationship with the main character.

The pacing, I thought, quickly moved from one event to the next with barely any transition; I was left with no concrete timeline. Although the author mentioned tentative time frames, and the ambiguous period of various events was intentional, every section of the story felt similar.

But these are minor glitches in a book that has a lot of potential for the characters and expanding story line. These issues only stand out to me because I was so invested in the character and story. Nikki Haase has command of an entertaining writing style that elevates Experiment X: Exposed above many of the dystopian fiction I’ve read this year.

Pages: 262 | ASIN: B06W9NC7B7

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Experiment X: Exposed

Experiment X: Exposed by [Haase, Nikki]

The first thing I noticed when I started reading this book was how calm the narrator’s tone was. It starts by telling how we hear about stories of women who, after a night out, end up in strange surroundings with sour legs and a bad taste in their mouth. I expected the plot to follow this narrative but Nikki Haase had a pleasant surprise for the reader as the story shifted to a more intense plot. The author is great at describing events that I could imagine everything she talked about. The vivid descriptions is one of the things that made this book a fantastic read.

I enjoyed Rebekah’s introduction into the story. Being able to view Rebekah through the eyes of Karen  made her a special character to me. Karen hated Rebeka, disliked her fake rosy red-lipped smile and could not stand her light brown eyes. I love when the author does this because it makes me more interested in a particular character. Rebekah was perceived to be one of the unlikeable characters at the start of the book. I kept reading about her, built my own perception of her, and came up with a neutral judgment of her. Despite the narrator making Rebekah appear like an evil character at first, I found her to be extraordinary and fascinating.

Enter Jack and the plot twists in the book. We are first introduced to Jack as he talks with Karen at the party. Jack seemed like a gentleman. I like how he appeared at the opportune moment when Dante had disappointed Karen. The interaction between Dante and Jack was obviously unpleasant as the two tried to flex their muscles on who the better gentleman was. Reading about the conspiracy theory about an experiment conducted by the military and the U.S government was not only thrilling but also frightening.

Who wouldn’t enjoy a story about a government facility that houses super soldiers? The breaking of the theory and the actions that followed were electrifying. The characters in the book were excellently developed. Karen was the main character in the book and also significant in the whole experiment. It was interesting how Karen was oblivious of her role until Jack showed up.

I liked how Jack enters the story as an antagonist but ends up… ah, I won’t spoil it. I enjoyed this fantastic, action packed, story immensely and I highly recommend it.

Pages: 262 | ASIN: B06W9NC7B7

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Family In More Than Just Blood

Nikki Haase Author Interview

Nikki Haase Author Interview

Experiment X: Sacrifice is a genre-crossing novel with elements of a science fiction, fantasy, and action as well. Did you start writing with this in mind, or did this happen organically as you were writing?

The story itself happened organically, but the genre-crossing was planned. I started writing it after reading the Hunger Games and binge-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I had been toying with the idea about a story of super soldiers created in a lab, it just fell into place. I just thought placing people in the ‘real world’ with these elemental powers would be pretty neat.

Karen is an intriguing character that I enjoyed following. What were some driving ideals behind her character development?

I’m glad you liked her character! She was fun to write. I wanted to show people that they can escape abusive situations. I wanted to show people that you can find family in more than just blood. Despite tragedy you can come out on top and that you’re so much stronger than you think.

The powers displayed in the book were fascinating and used in interesting ways. What were some sources of inspiration for the different experiments?

A lot of it came from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Certain elements of them just came from my boyfriend, Mike, and I sitting down and mulling over what they could do. He’s the one that came up with the Air Elements being able to control/conjure lightning!

This is book one in the Experiment X series. What can readers expect in book two of the series?

They expect more of the inner workings of the Lab, new Experiments/new Subjects. Someone who was dead is alive. Shawn discovers a new power. Not everyone is who they seem and the characters must do whatever it takes to survive.

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Experiment X: Sacrifice by [Haase, Nikki]

I lived a normal life until Jack showed up.

He tells me that there’s a government facility that houses an army of super soldiers known as Experiments.

He tells me I’m a key part of it and that they’re after us.

I know he’s dangerous and I know he’s capable of murder, but he’s the only person who can help unlock what’s been hidden inside of me.

Now the only thing that will keep my loved ones safe is to help destroy the very thing that created me.

And even that might not be enough.

A vengeful fire burns deep within in and I must take down the Lab if I want to keep the last remaining strands of my sanity.

I only need to make it out alive.

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Experiment X: Sacrifice

Experiment X: Sacrifice by [Haase, Nikki]

Let conspiracy enthusiast and sci-fi fans rejoice for there is a new series of books launched that engages the reader in an action filled thriller; rich in violence, plot twists, the supernatural and human connections.

Experiment X – Sacrifice is told from the first person narrative of Karen; a regular woman with a regular job with secret abilities she didn’t know about. What starts out as a story about a waitress with a terrible boyfriend and superficial friends spirals into an intricate voyage of family secrets, genetic manipulation and a high death toll.

The heroine’s catalyst arrives early on in the form of Jack, which is a man she has had violent dreams about. Jack makes Karen aware of her part in a hidden and awful government experiment. The breakneck pace of this novel does not let up and the plot is very interesting as are the characters; but I felt that they were underdeveloped and sometimes the plot overwhelmed the narrative. Experiment X still draws the reader into its deeply rooted story lines and paints a vivid picture.

The author is also successful at striking a good balance of action and world building, such as when some of the survivors of the experiment try pizza for the first time. I wanted more depth to Karen’s transformation because I liked her and her relationship with her fellow mutants enriches the story. I also wanted to feel more of the mental and emotional cost of such atrocities because what little is presented is very well executed.

Experiment X sets up some seriously interesting story lines for the heroes to be expanded on in the continuation of the story; such as how the mutation develops differently in each person and family loyalty. There are many layers to this narrative, exploring those while keeping the action oriented style of the book elevates this series. Be ready for betrayal, plot twists, a high body count and a fair amount of emotional turmoil.

Pages: 303 | ASIN: B014880TIW

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