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Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights, #2)
by Chloe Gong
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Releasing on November 16th, 2021
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Historical, Fantasy, Romance
TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING(S): Blood, violence, gore, character deaths, murder (including mass murder), war themes, torture, weapon use, insects, alcohol consumption, parental abuse
Shanghai is under siege in this captivating and searingly romantic sequel to These Violent Delights, which New York Times bestselling author Natasha Ngan calls “deliciously dark.”
The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution.
After sacrificing her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, Juliette has been a girl on the warpath. One wrong move, and her cousin will step in to usurp her place as the Scarlet Gang’s heir. The only way to save the boy she loves from the wrath of the Scarlets is to have him want her dead for murdering his best friend in cold blood. If Juliette were actually guilty of the crime Roma believes she committed, his rejection might sting less.
Roma is still reeling from Marshall’s death, and his cousin Benedikt will barely speak to him. Roma knows it’s his fault for letting the ruthless Juliette back into his life, and he’s determined to set things right—even if that means killing the girl he hates and loves with equal measure.
Then a new monstrous danger emerges in the city, and though secrets keep them apart, Juliette must secure Roma’s cooperation if they are to end this threat once and for all. Shanghai is already at a boiling point: The Nationalists are marching in, whispers of civil war brew louder every day, and gangster rule faces complete annihilation. Roma and Juliette must put aside their differences to combat monsters and politics, but they aren’t prepared for the biggest threat of all: protecting their hearts from each other.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends?
Hello! Firstly thank you for having me here, please imagine me doing a little internet wave. I’m Chloe and I write a lot of Shakespearean retellings by taking an age-old concept and re-spinning it entirely with a new lens. These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, following the rival heirs of two gangs in a blood feud who have to work together when a monster rises in the city and starts killing their people. Despite the danger on the streets, Roma Montagov and Juliette Cai have a messy past between them as former lovers, and they’ll have to set their own grudges aside if they’re going to save the city they love…
And good news! The story isn’t over in one book because starcrossed love is never that easy, so Our Violent Ends picks up where the first book left off to deliver a finale to this duology, with politics encroaching on the city and total annihilation at threat for these gangsters.
If you were to be cast in a movie, which of your characters would you want to be your co-actor and why?
Ooooh, this is an excellent question that I’ve never thought about before. I think Marshall, because he’s so chaotic that I know he would be an excellent actor and he would liven up any set with his antics and humor.
Do you have a specific process for writing your books?
I don’t have a specific process because it differs so much depending on the book! In general, I tend to outline very thoroughly, even if the story eventually changes in later drafts. Before a first draft, I like to get everything in my head down on a document, even if it looks like one big word vomit. That way, when I get to the pretty prose part of writing, I actually know where the story is going and what the characters are thinking! Because I write so much too and I’m often on multiple deadlines at once, I take any chance to write even if I’m just up at 3AM with nothing else to do.
What were the big differences in writing Our Violent Ends in comparison to your debut, These Violent Delights?
On a technical level, writing Our Violent Ends felt so much easier than These Violent Delights because I could jump right into the story! There was less backstory to move around first and there was a plot that had already been kickstarted, so I got right into the fleshy parts I was most interested in. That being said, a huge difference that made it feel harder was knowing I had an audience already, and there were people who had already been introduced into the world who were invested in how this story would end! There were many writing sessions where I not only wanted to deeply consider if I was doing my vision of the story justice, but also giving the readers justice too.
Were there any specific landmarks that you either based a place off of in the book or included in the book?
So many! If there’s any specific place in the book that is mentioned by name, chances are it was based on a real location or it was inspired by a real location. In the pre-pandemic days I was in Shanghai almost every year during my school breaks, and a lot of historical buildings or locations from the 1920s era have been well-preserved to this day. The opening scene of Our Violent Ends takes place at the Grand Theatre (大光明电影院), which I went to before I wrote it—fun fact, I convinced my dad to take me and he was like “well, we may as well watch a movie while we’re there.” And I was expecting the cinema to be playing old-timey reels, given it was Shanghai’s oldest functioning cinema but… we watched X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Is there a recurring theme that can be found in the These Violent Delights duology?
Is it cliche for me to say love and hate? I really tried to lean into the thematic content from Romeo and Juliet in These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends, because while it is my retelling, I think retellings find their strength in sticking to the most classic ideas under an entirely new lens. “Dare to love where it is easier to hate”—I think that might be the most commonly recurring theme.
Is there anything you’re currently working on, and if so, can you give us any hints or details?
I’m currently hard at work on Foul Lady Fortune, which is the first book in the spin-off duology to the These Violent Delights duology! It’s pitched as a speculative historical noir (think political C-Drama meets a Marvel movie) surrounding the events of Imperial Japan’s expansion into China in the 1930s. Taking place a few years after the conclusion of Our Violent Ends, it follows a familiar character we’ve already met who is recruited as a national spy and pretends to marry a fellow spy to keep her cover. I’m very excited to reveal more details about it after Our Violent Ends comes out so we’re not spoiling anything of the first duology!
Lastly, what do you hope readers will learn/take away from the These Violent Delights duology after reading?
I love slipping bits of history that I’m interested in into my work, so I love that readers might walk away with knowledge about a dark period that they wouldn’t otherwise learn about in school. But mostly, I hope they take away love for these characters who have lived in my head for so long and adopt them into their heads too<3
Chloe Gong is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, studying English and International Relations. During her breaks, she’s either at home in New Zealand or visiting her many relatives in Shanghai. Chloe has been known to mysteriously appear by chanting “Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s best plays and doesn’t deserve its slander in pop culture” into a mirror three times. You can find her on Twitter @thechloegong, check out her website at thechloegong.com or email her at email@example.com.
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