In the year 2220, only about 15% of Earth's population have survived and thrived after the Nuclear Disaster of 2020.
Amongst these clans, an unusual girl grows from child to adult.
Raised on the run and in hiding, Shilo wants to be free of the expectations of women. But in a ruined world where anyone could be an enemy, only the radiation-twisted mutants are clearly identifiable. A fertile female is a precious treasure, and any lapse in caution can mean a loss of the freedom she longs for.
Training as hard as a soldier would, in order to free herself from social constraints, she finds herself faced with an offer from a new clan--an offer that provides her with what she desires. But her recently found independence brings discovery, and discovery brings two very different men from her past—and each of them is determined to claim her.
One is obsessed with owning her, the other desires her as the only person who can make him love again.
This book rates right up there as one of my favorite reads this year. I was almost immediately caught up and swept away into a vision of a dystrophic country and society that is fascinating, believable, and unique. The clans are separate and isolated within that wild, dangerous and unforgiving landscape. Each alone, strives to carve and hold their niche upon our battered planet. I got so caught up in the life of Shilo and those she interacts with throughout her many adventures that my mind played a continuous movie of the transpiring events as I read. I love it when an author performs that type of magic!
The story follows the life of Shilo, starting at about age twelve through young adult-hood. Fair-haired and blue-eyed, she is different physically from the others in her nomadic group. As she grows and matures, the harsh realities of her existence are made abundantly clear to her, but she stubbornly refuses to accept conditions that her contemporaries abide. Along the way, her continuing refusal to follow the path of least resistance slowly begins to transform the lives of many others. Love her or hate her, the impact she exerts on those around her becomes significant.
This is the first story in the Chronicles of 2020 series. I will undoubtedly be on the lookout for the next one as a pregnant Shilo blazes her path in a world that is both familiar and alien. In a desolate landscape, where signs of renewal are still only infrequently observed, and where small groups of homogenous peoples band together for protection against outsiders, being different is risky. Shilo’s unconquerable spirit and influence can fan the flames of intolerance or it can become the agent of change that may eventually unite diverse groups, providing hope for a brighter future, and perhaps a second chance for mankind.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
That people actually wanted to read what I was writing! Before being published, my work is sometimes posted to an online writer’s community – TextNovel. Finding that people were following along so closely and messaging me to update quickly was unbelievable.
Who are your books published with?
Amongst the Ruins, Book 1 in The Chronicles of 2020 series is published with Noble Young Adult.
Live In Position will be available by the end of this year from 48fourteen.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
Being a multi-genre writer, I do utilize pen names – for each of my multiple personalities. Muwahahaha…. *ahem* Sorry about that, here are a few of them.
Saewod Tice – used for Young Adult – is my real name, so no creativity there. (Other than the acid trip my mother denies being on when choosing my name.)
Sadie Green – Adult/Romantica/Erotic writing – is taken from my nickname and a family name.
Vee Grubor – Horror writing.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
I’m an IPod junkie and my music is just as eclectic as my writing and reading. You can find everything from Celtic Music to SlipKnot to Eminem to Tesla to Lynyrd Skynyrd to … OH you get the point.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
No formula, just my crazy imagination. The multiples, that I like to call plot bunnies, hop around my head all the time, especially when I’m trying to focus on something else.
The ideas and characters come, so I write quick outlines or jot some notes. Then, yes it’s crazy, I even take little notes on post-it notes. I swear one of my multiples is obsessed with post-it notes. There are so many different sizes, some lined, some unlined, all of them stocked up and at my disposal. I swear I don’t remember buying them half the time.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Greece. I have a storyline which spends part of its time in Greece and characters with heavy Greek backgrounds. Would love to get to experience it in person.
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