Today we have the pleasure of having Traci Slatton swing by with a guest post on the world of her After trilogy… If you haven’t read the first book, Fallen, give it a whirl!
THE WORLD OF FALLEN AND COLD LIGHT
By Traci L. Slatton
What happens when the objects of every day life disappear? What do we do when there is no electricity, no internet, no manufacturing, no cars and no public transportation? How do we adapt to life in a world suddenly stripped of everything familiar, a world abruptly made rudimentary and lawless?
Those are the questions I ask myself as I write The After Trilogy. The first glimmering of this story came to me in a flash. I had a flash of a man and a woman, both very strong, in love, walking away from each other, living in an impossibly difficult world. I’ve learned to follow whatever wispy initial vision of a story comes to me. I followed this image into the fictional world of FALLEN and COLD LIGHT.
There has been an apocalypse, but not a nuclear one. This man-made apocalypse has changed the face of the entire globe. It has killed billions. Survivors are still in danger. They face shortages of food, medical supplies, goods of all kind; they are prey to extreme weather and hunger; they must fear other survivors, who may or may not be sane; and they must guard against the continued depredations of the mists that ended everything.
The mists don’t just kill people, the mists also destroy buildings, consuming them and then excreting them as sand. The landscape of the Earth is changing as the mists inexorably devour human structures.
In this world, survivors find each other and form groups. Each group develops its own set of values and rules, its own culture for cohering as a group and surviving. Life has been reduced to stark simplicity: stay alive, stay with the people you love. The question is, how is each person going to do that? In this world, people learn that they are more resourceful and more resilient than they ever imagined they could be. Emma the protagonist discovers just how deeply she can love, how far she will go for love, and what she will sacrifice for it. This devastated world is a backdrop to her journey into the mysteries of the human heart.
About Traci Slatton:
Traci L. Slatton is a graduate of Yale and Columbia, and the awardwinning, internationally published author of books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.
She lives in Manhattan with her husband sculptor Sabin Howard, whose classical figures and love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel IMMORTAL, which was published around the world and achieved bestseller status in Italy, Russia, and Brazil. Her novel THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR is a contemporary romp through the art history byways of vampire lore. Voted “Reviewers Choice Best Read of 2011” by The Paranormal Romance Guild, FALLEN is the first of the romantic After Trilogy set during the end times. Its sequel COLD LIGHT furthers the dystopian tale.
If you’ve read Fallen, you’ll know that it ends with raiders riding away with Emma’s daughter Beth. And if you’ve read Fallen, you’ll know that Emma isn’t going to let her go so easily – not after all she’s gone through to get back to Beth…
After arguing with her husband Haywood, and some friends, Emma heads off into the frozen wilderness. Alone. It’s an almost impossible task: she has to survive the cold trek on foot, until she can steal a horse – an offense punishable by death – and then ride until she finds the bandit camp. If she makes it that far, she then has to figure out how to rescue her daughter and get them both safely back home.
She expects it to be difficult. What she doesn’t expect is to meet up with old friends along the way. She’s lucky she does – they save her life. And then, despite her protestations, they decide to help Emma with her mission… Which is a good thing, because old friends aren’t the only characters she runs into here!
I liked Cold Light. Emma is still a strong, strong woman. She still has to make difficult decisions, still has to do what’s right for her, still has to live her life as well as she can. I wish she wouldn’t go back-and-forth so much on Arthur – I know she loves him, I know she misses him, and I know she wishes she were free to be with him. But she’s married, and she’s determined to keep her family together. I probably sound harsh. But that’s me – make a decision, and stick to it already…
The story flows well, even with a few slow patches as Emma’s mulling about Arthur. I would’ve liked to know more about some of the new characters, including Kangee and the big cat following Emma around. There’s still a lot more to wrap up in this trilogy, and I hope Traci Slatton gives us all the answers when we get to book 3. Which means that yes, I’ll be looking forward to the conclusion. 🙂
drey’s rating: Pick it up!
Have you read Cold Light? What did you think? And if you haven’t, keep reading!
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