Author Elizabeth Wein introduces her new murder-mystery thriller, Stateless, following a group of young pilots in the race of their lives....
Stateless is a gripping murder mystery, beginning with the death of a pilot mid-flight across the Channel. Set before the outbreak of WWII, Stateless follows a group of young pilots in an international 'race for peace' - and their race against time to uncover the pilot's murderer. Set during the 'golden age of flight', Wein's novel explores very modern themes of being 'stateless' and belonging, alongside themes of justice, personal endeavour and our global community. We asked Elizabeth Wein to tell us more.
Stateless Reviews: "A soaring piece of historical fiction, a fantastically-plotted murder mystery set against an unravelling political background."
"I wanted to write a book about the glamorous "golden age of flight", when aviation was new and exciting, and air racing happens to be one of the characteristic activities at that time. Obviously my YA air race would feature young people, and I decided to make that a defining characteristic of the competition. A long distance race would give the contestants a chance to get to know each other and to allow a mystery to develop - Europe seemed the obvious venue, since there was so much going on there in the 1930s, and I loved the idea of using the story to reflect some of the issues we are facing in Europe today." ....More