The Undergrounders #1 ~ Immurement by Norma Hinkens ~ Excerpt and Giveaway

Posted: January 11, 2016 in apocalypse, Blitz, giveaways, YA
Tags: , , ,

Norma Hinkens
(The Undergrounders Series, #1)
Publication date: December 16th 2015
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult

The earth’s core overheats. The sovereign leader vanishes. A young girl is the survivors’ only hope …

What little land is habitable is patrolled by cutthroat gangs of escaped subversives, but that’s not the greatest threat facing sixteen-year-old Derry Connelly, her brother Owen, and a ragged band of Preppers holed up in a bunker in the Sawtooth Mountains. Mysterious hoverships operated by clones are targeting adolescents for extraction.

Owen, is one of the first to disappear. To save him, Derry must strike a deal with the murderous subversives, and risk a daring raid to infiltrate the heart of the extraction operation.

But will the rookie leader falter when forced to choose between her brother and a clone who ignites something inside her she didn’t know was possible?

Goodreads / Amazon

Are you a reviewer? You can request a review copy here!


Someone gives a feeble clap. “Magnificent! A most rousing speech to rally the heathens, Mason!”

My feet fuse to the floor at the raspy voice that wafts into the room. Tucker strains at his collar. I yank him back, my heart pounding.

A shrunken man with an unnatural stoop steps into view. My skin crawls with a new level of fear. My gun’s in the Crematauto, along with the rest of the weapons. I fumble around in my pocket and latch onto my switchblade. A trickle of sweat runs down behind my ears. The man standing in the entry looks freakishly old and frail. Tucker could take him down in a heartbeat, but my brain sounds an inner caution. He probably didn’t come alone.

Before I even finish my thought, the doorway darkens and four armed men in black fatigues troop through. Big-shouldered, faces set like flint on necks thick as tree stumps. Schutz Clones! I tighten my grip on Tucker and command him to stay. One false move and he’ll end up another carcass waiting to be incinerated. He minds me, but tension radiates through his collar.

“Welcome to the Craniopolis,” the old man says. “My apologies for the modest welcoming committee, but your timing is most unfortunate. Everyone is at the unveiling of our new Hovermedes prototype.” His body shakes out a shallow breath, as he shuffles toward me. “Allow me to introduce myself. I am Dr. Lyong.”

I slide my gaze in Mason’s direction. His face registers confusion. Then a flicker of recognition.

“What … happened to you?” he asks, in a half-whisper.

Dr. Lyong jerks to a stop in front of me and lets out a long, trembling sigh. It’s all I can do not to gag. His breath smells of decaying compost.

“Restructuring DNA proved more complex than I had hoped.” Dr. Lyong runs a finger under his beaked nose and waves it dismissively in Mason’s direction. The skin is stretched so tight over his hand I can see the grape-colored veins forking out beneath it. He barely looks human.

I can’t repress a shudder.


Author Bio:

Norma Hinkens grew up among vibrant storytelling traditions in her native Ireland. A Celtic bard at heart, she wields her wordsmithing sword with as much wit and eloquence as a bard can muster. She’s a legend-loving author who takes a fiendish delight in pushing reluctant characters over cliffs to find out what they’re made of. Epic odds, seemingly impossible missions, pasts that haunt, intrigue and misadventure. She’s happiest when wrangling provocative big picture ideas that are never black and white when you turn them inside out. It’s all about the tension in the journey. She lived and worked in Germany for several years, and currently resides in California with her husband, three children and Chihuahua extraordinaire. She is the author of The Undergrounders Series, Immurement, Embattlement and Adjudgement, a Young Adult post-apocalyptic, sci-fi adventure trilogy.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


giveaway photo: Giveaway Banner for 42nd giveaway.png

I have one eBook copy to give away.

Please leave an email address so I can contact you if you win and tell me this:

What would be the number one thing you’d pack in your bug out bag?

Now enter the rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hosted by:



Thanks so much for visiting fuonlyknew!

For a list of my reviews go HERE

For a list of free eBooks updated daily go HERE

To see all of my giveaways click on the lucky horseshoe below!

horseshoe photo: Horseshoe horseshoe.jpg

  1. Could be an interesting book, not a huge post-apocalyptic books but some times I do. :) Interesting giveaway as well. :)


  2. Sandra Watts says:

    Sounds like a great series. The bag is awesome too!

  3. Anne says:

    A captivating novel. Thanks. I would pack a lip balm since this is vital for my survival.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I have some lip balm in my zombie apocalypse kit. I use it every day and never leave home without it!

  4. Jennifer Romanick says:

    That bag looks awesome !!

  5. Jaclyn Mercer says:

    This sounds like a great book, and an even better giveaway!

  6. Taylor Dean says:

    I agree with the above person who said lip balm. I need my chapstick or else I will be miserable.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I use it several times a day. I have them all over the place so I never have to search for it. LOL

  7. Kim Tanti says:

    That backpack would sure come in handy when I ride my bike to the grocery store. I always get to much and look like and old pack mule.

  8. Melanie Borhi says:

    great giveaway, love this backpack would be handy for school.

  9. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    I would love to read this. Sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Great giveaway and it will sure come into use for the apocalypse. LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental My Sunday Memes</a

  11. Peggy says:

    Immurement sounds like an interesting book. Love the Bug Out Bag!

  12. Robin says:

    Great look and bag! I would make sure to have a fire starter in my bag.

  13. Jeffrey says:

    Sounds like a nice book to read on a snowy, Winter weekend.

  14. I think I would put matches or fire starter kit in my bug out bag.

  15. Lesley F says:

    Love that bag1

  16. Edmond says:

    OMG, sounds like a good read. Wow, prize bag is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :)