RUN Ragged received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.
Following find an interview with author Kari Aguila.
What is the name of the book and when was it published?
RUN Ragged, Nov 2015
What’s the book’s first line?
Heat rippled above the deck, bending the light into waves and distorting the docks and cranes that jutted out from the distant shore.
What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.
Would anything change if women ruled the world?
In the new matriarchy of a devastated country, those in charge rule by fear, inequality, and oppression. Rhia, an independent sea captain, just wants to keep her head down and do her job, until she finds herself trapped in a re-education facility designed to help people fit into the rules of the New Way Forward. The warden claims to be guiding those in her care, but as Rhia grows closer to the men and women around her, she quickly sees the cracks in the system. Faced with torture and brainwashing, those cracks become gaping holes that threaten to pull her down into the depths of despair. Can Rhia resist the slow subversion of re-education and become the reluctant hero the new world needs?
What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?
I got the idea for RUN Ragged from a friend of mine who said, “Things would be so different if women ruled the world.” Would they be? Yes, there is a gender imbalance in power in our country, and many others, but the notion that women would do a better job just because they are women? That’s not equality, that’s not balance, that’s not feminism.
RUN Ragged is a thrilling and disturbing look at that idea. It shows a world thrown out of balance, where the pendulum has swung too far and women do rule. It shows that it doesn’t matter if men or women are in charge — having too much power over another group of people is a slippery slope to oppression. Power corrupts.
Gender issues are often portrayed in polarizing ways by the media, and though the very concept of equality has recently been thrust into the spotlight, I’ve often wondered if we, as humans, could ever create a society free of labels, bigotry, racism or sexism. Are we programed to need one group to boss around? Will we always find a way to make one group the “other” group?
RUN Ragged is a powerful and suspenseful look at what price we are willing to pay for peace and how much we are willing to ignore to keep our conscience clear. It’s a thought-provoking story about coming face-to-face with injustice and deciding if you will finally stand up and fight.
What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?
RUN Ragged is a timely and terrifying story of what can go wrong when one group has power over another. Like its predecessor, Women’s Work, RUN Ragged has Book Clubs buzzing about the humanity of the characters, the inner conflict evident in their decisions and the way the story stays with you long after the last page. You’ll love to read about the ways Rhia uses the broken world around her to survive. You’ll see the inherent problems in the new government, and your heart will break with each cruel twist of fate that brings Rhia closer to her downfall. You’ll hope for her as she finds the man who could become her reason to hang on, and you’ll cheer as she becomes a reluctant hero who refuses to back down in the face of evil. Run Ragged will leave you breathless.