Title: New America Awakenings
Author: Tyler Davis
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult Dystopian, Science Fiction-Dystopian
After a polarizing election, America breaks into a civil war, followed by a failed foreign invasion. Winning is not the end! New America divides into projects based on race and religion. Citizens who protest or break the laws are labeled an "enemy of peace." An enemy of peace quickly loses their head to the guillotine. Colt Jenkins resides in the New Bethlehem Project, where New American youth must navigate between Country, God, Survival, Love, Family, and Friends. Surviving daily attacks from Broken Mecca is not the only challenge. Katherine Shay, New Bethlehems keeper of the law, terrorizes citizens using the red phone, turning them into the government as enemies of peace. In a world with intermittent electricity, the President makes decrees from the television. The government controls the news and all information. The rising tension in the country and the Project puts Colt in Katherine's and the government's crosshairs. After being publicly humiliated by Katherine, Colt discovers the government is not what it appears. Colt will have to decide what kind of man he will be and what he will choose to leave behind in his race to save his family and his love.
“Colton, one day we will know freedom again,” he said and patted my shoulder. “And with our heads still attached,” he whispered into my ear before he stole one last glimpse out the window and stepped away.
I wanted to believe him. My stomach started to twist and pull, thinking about the nightmares of my family beheaded in the square. It was a reoccurring nightmare that plagued most of us younger people. I couldn’t wait until the day came that there wasn’t a red phone anywhere. But I felt like that day was never going to come. Even if the wars stopped tomorrow, how would we be able to survive in peace? We had lived with the sounds of gunfire and bombs for so long that quiet was worse than a gunshot.”
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New America is a timely possible future for America especially given the current crisis of the past election. This is more than a dystopian story, it’s a coming of age story growing up in a world that is constantly trying to kill you.
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Tyler lives in Oregon with his husband, dog, and dogcat. Tyler has been writing since he was in the sixth grade and has several short scripts produced and an internet television series. Tyler also is a freelance political opinion writer and blogger.
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