Goodreads asked Maansi Pandya:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Maansi Pandya I was studying Political Science in college, and one of our units was on dictatorships like North Korea and Nazi Germany. I became fascinated with how these societies worked and what went on in the minds of the people who were privileged, versus those in poverty. How were their opinions of their cities' regimes different? Did their living conditions have something to do with those opinions? Based on that, I decided to write a story from the point of view of an aristocrat in a dictatorship society. Since he is privileged, he is ignorant of what goes on until it affects someone close to him, and the idea of that really interested me.

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