Eve of Tomorrow
Well, what do I say about this book? I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so exhausted as when I finished Eve of Tomorrow. To say this was an emotional drain would be an understatement, but that’s in a good way.
I can’t talk about it without mentioning how I wrote this book. After my niece was born and my sister went back to work, I flew out to Denver for six weeks to take care of the baby during the day and spend time with my sister and brother in-law in the evening. It was an amazing thing to get to do. That’s when I wrote Eve of Tomorrow. That little girl was sleeping nearby for every sentence of the first draft that I wrote. That was my inspiration.
Eve of Tomorrow keeps the same players fighting with each other, but it also adds the British military from book one back into the mix in the form of General Nolan. I won’t reveal much about him, but he was one of my favorite characters to write. He’s made mistakes in his past, but he’s actually a good man. Up to this point, so many of the older, in-charge characters had some deep damage that kept them from doing the right thing. I guess you could say the general’s compass is always pointing North. Under his leadership, the rebels’ direction is changed. Their purpose is no longer to “rebel” but to survive.
In this final book, we get to see the full arc of character development for Dawn and Gabby. They both faced some hard truths in book one and we saw their relationship become broken as their ideals grew farther apart. Here we get to see them coming back together before their worlds are completely torn again.
The rebels are now in charge of Texas, the prophet is a prisoner, and everything has changed. One thing hasn’t, though – something larger is going on and it could destroy them all.
Another complication is brought into the mix. The Mexicans. When Gabby and Dawn have to venture into Mexico, that when things get even crazier. It’s this more than anything that changes Dawn especially.
A little secret – the first draft didn’t include anything about Mexico. I needed something that could bring them back to the beginning, back to Floridaland. It seemed right to me that it ended where their story truly began.
Some people die, others are forever changed. Their world will never be the same.
But I promise you, even through all the tragedy, there is some happiness in the end.
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GENRE: Science fiction (dystopian, young adult)
PRINT LENGTH: 399 pages
PUBLICATION DATE: April 21st, 2015
FORMAT: Kindle, paperback
Excerpt from the book
“Duck!” Corey screams behind me. I scramble to the forest floor just in time to see a knife fly through the space where I’d been standing a second ago. “Run!” Corey’s second command urges me forward as I get to my feet and take off. I don’t know where I’m going and the woods are a mess of charred and twisted trees.
I’m fast, but my pursuer is faster. He uses long strides to gain on me as I allow myself a moment of hesitation and a single glance back at him. That’s all he needs to close the gap. Still moving, I see him hurdling forwards and then blackness envelops me.
I’m only out for a minute or so. The half-naked, tattooed man has an arm around my throat and warm blood trickles from where the tip of his knife is pressed into my back.
Corey is here. His eyes are cold as he stands with his gun trained on my captor. “Let her go,” he demands.
“You are the trespassers here,” the man responds.
“We don’t mean any harm.” Corey lowers the gun, trying to diffuse the tension.
“Why are you here?” He doesn’t remove the knife from my skin.
“Let the girl go and we can talk,” Corey says cautiously.
For a brief moment, I think he’s going to do it. Instead, his arm tightens, making it hard to breathe. I gasp for air and struggle against him.
“My tribe is hunting nearby,” the big man says ominously. “If you shoot, they’ll come.”