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Austin Aslan

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Austin Aslan's debut novel, The Islands at the End of the World, was named a Best Book of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews. It was ranked by The Guardian as a top-ten climate fiction read, and is listed by BookRiot as a top 100 must-read book in the category of young adult science fiction. His latest novel from HarperCollins, TURBO Racers: Trailblazer, will hit bookstores on January 1, 2019.

Austin earned a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. His research on rare Hawaiian plants located on the high slopes of Mauna Loa won him a pair of destroyed hiking boots, a tattered rain jacket, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He has lived in deserts, jungles, and cloud forests. He
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Austin Aslan Thanks for the question! It's a biggie. I WAS/AM an outsider to Hawaii, as I only lived there for a year and I'm not from there. So 'no' to the…moreThanks for the question! It's a biggie. I WAS/AM an outsider to Hawaii, as I only lived there for a year and I'm not from there. So 'no' to the 'personal experience element.' But I saw my kids dealing with a fairly closed environment when they were in school. The situation is much more heightened in high school and later. It's understandable. Hawaiian culture has been poorly co-opted by American colonization. Local folks can sometimes bristle with so many new people coming and going. But they are kind and welcoming. Once you earn your place, proving that you treat HI as a home and not just a place to pass through or a vacation playground, then the local community can be extremely welcoming. Anybody can and does become "Ohana" in HI. It can take time, though; which is fully understandable. Personal experiences will vary, of course, as the do anywhere, but the 'Spirit of Aloha' is a real thing on the Islands and people are generally very nice and understanding and welcoming.(less)
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“If God won’t play by the rules, then I don’t have to, either.”
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