Life isn’t easy for seventeen-year-old Nadia Petrov once she’s in love with Hunter Sullivan, a boy whose mother is on the board of the Human Preservation Agency, an organization determined to kill people with special abilities like her own. Desperate to experience a forever love, Nadia and Hunter risk their lives to be together even though the discovery of their relationship will not only destroy it, but will kill them in the aftermath.
A swell in HPA activity in a nearby city puts Nadia and Hunter on edge. Nadia finds her world falling apart when someone she loves is captured by the HPA and held prisoner in their termination facility.
Nadia and Hunter’s relationship must survive the ultimate test when Nadia, with the help of her friends, plans to cross enemy lines on a rescue mission to free her loved one. Faced with a heartbreaking decision, Nadia must decide if her love for Hunter is worth the fight or if she should accept that their life together is destined for despair…
Destined for Despair is the second novel in the Destined for Dreams series.
I enjoyed book one of the series Ginna Moran wrote, Destined For Dreams. It was as if she whet the appetite and sent the reader wading into deep waters for what was to come.
Destined for Dreams, the second book in the series, continued the storyline almost seamlessly from Destined For Dreams. In the first novel, Ginna worked to introduce us to the characters and immerse us into their bizarre world. With Destined for Despair, the story that began in a nightmare dreamworld roiled out of control. Characters that we had just got a sense of in book one, we began to flesh out and develop serious depth to their essence. The entire depth and breadth of the world Ginna created opened out, as the complexity of the story itself became a tangled web of lies and deceit.
Knowing that this engrossing fantasy world is, in fact, a hidden subculture within the everyday world that we live in, added a special aura to the story. For this wild ride of terror is going on and being carried out by the government in plain sight against Superbeings who are not truly human. That these beings live in constant fear of incarceration, torture, and even death. Always moving through life looking back over their shoulder and never sure who they can trust, even within their own sub-culture.
We on the other hand move through life, clueless. We don’t know that those “freaks” that we give names such as “goth” and “freaks” might be more than just kids expressing their independence and self-expression… Oh the sub-cultures and lives of terror that go right past us as we plod on in blind ignorance. Just saying.
I can hardly wait for the opportunity to read the next chapter in Ginna Moran’s series, Destined to Die.
ONGOING SERIES INTERVIEW WITH GINNA
Can you explain HPA to your readers? Is it a public, private or government agency?
The Human Preservation Agency is a privately funded organization that is run by a board of twelve scientists and doctors. They seek to annihilate creatures to keep humanity safe, but they also experiment on creatures to try to gain knowledge of more effective ways to destroy them. The board controls the entire organization and decides what happens to the creatures they capture—they also have their own laws amid their agents, doctors, and scientists so they act like a governing body.
The HPA originated as a scientific research lab focusing on new and innovative ways to treat cancer and other diseases after the founder stumbled upon the supernatural world. It’s briefly mentioned in the first novel, but because neither of the main characters is truly invested in the HPA, all they know is what they’ve been taught. With Hunter, his knowledge stems from lies and partial truths fed to him by his board member mother. Nadia is more aware of the HPA’s actual history and how the founding scientist teamed up with creatures to study their genetic makeup, but very few people know the truth—one of them being Veronica Sanders, an ex HPA scientist and current Creature Councilmember. In the companion series I’m working on, which focuses on brand new characters in a new location, the HPA’s history is elaborated because neither of the main characters is involved in either world and they are prone to ask questions and seek answers.
Can you tell us a little more about the Creature Council? How did it come into existence? What power does it have?
The Creature Council has been around long before the HPA, and like the HPA governs its people, the Creature Council is a governing body for those a part of the supernatural world. The four current council members are Javier Soto, Veronica Sanders, Ana Midnight, and Thierry Stevens. They originally strived to help creatures blend with the human population but now they try their best to keep their community safe. I should mention that since the founding of the HPA, the council is much more selective of who they protect and they won’t stand with creatures who aren’t useful to them.
Who are some of the new key characters that you introduce in Destined for Despair?
In Destined for Despair, we get to see the world outside of the Creature Council’s compound. Nadia attends Northern Bell High School where meets a human friend named Evie Thompson. We’re also introduced to Sandy Augustine, who was Nadia’s mother’s best friend growing up.
In Destined for Despair we also get to dive into Hunter’s world and see what the HPA is about. While we met Hunter’s mother and brother at the end of Destined for Dreams, they’re more prominent characters in this novel.
What are two things most people don’t know about you that would be fun to know?
I wrote nine full-length novels before I wrote Destined for Dreams, two of which are companion novels of the Destined for Dreams series. Dmitri’s character makes an appearance in the companion series and it was he who inspired me to write Destined for Dreams. You’ll get to see the two novels sometime this year as I’m currently rewriting them now. As for the other seven novels, I doubt they’ll ever be published.
Secondly, I trained dogs for a few years while I was attending college. It was one of those jobs that didn’t necessarily feel like a job because I got to play with puppies every day.
Thank you for enlarging on your story and making the world of the Supers larger than life. I know I am enjoying the journey through their world as the story grows and develops with each new book you share with us. We are looking forward to many new chapter in the great saga.
Ginna Moran started writing poetry as a teenager in a spiral notebook that she still has tucked away on her desk today. Her love of writing grew after she graduated high school and she completed her first unpublished manuscript at age eighteen.
When she realized her love of writing was her life’s passion, she studied literature at Mira Costa College in Northern San Diego. Besides writing young adult novels, she was senior editor, content manager, and image coordinator for Crescent House Publishing Inc. for four years.
Aside from Ginna’s professional life, she enjoys binge watching television shows, playing pretend with her daughter, and cuddling with her dogs. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, anything that glitters, cheesy jokes, and organizing her bookshelf.
Ginna is currently hard at work on her next novel.
OTHER BOOKS AND NOVELLAS IN THE SERIES
Destined to Dream
DESTINED FOR DEATH
ALTERED TO KILL
BOUND TO YOU