YA dystopian title: THE OTHER LIFE (May 1st 2012 in the US, February 1st 2012 in the UK)
3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life. 98,409,602 seconds since the heavy, steel door had fallen shut and sealed us off from the world
Sherry has lived with her family in a sealed bunker since things went wrong up above. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find a world of devastation, desolation...and the Weepers: savage, mutant killers.
When Sherry's dad is snatched, she joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua - an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers.
But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all?
Favorite dystopian/sci fi works: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Why Write Dystopian?
Because, as crazy as it might sound, dystopian tales give us hope. In The Other Life, Sherry is faced with abandoned, Weeper-infested streets when she leaves the bunker her family spent the last three years in. She must overcome her fear, fight for her life, take care of her family but she grows with the challenge. Dystopia gives us hope because no matter how dark or twisted or inhumane the future is, our protagonists don’t give up. They get out of their adventures stronger. If Katniss can survive The Hunger Games, what are we capable of? Can we maybe get past the little obstacles daily life poses to each of us?
No matter how dark, dystopian fiction gives me hope in the strength that’s buried inside of each of us.
Whimper or a Bang? Bang.
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