Editor's Note: Segregation by walls is a unique concept that was developed and explored in this new science fiction adventure.
I was hooked from the first page!
Book Description: Pollen is a unique science fiction thriller that is set in a new world where the city is separated by walls. We encounter Rome Shackelton who on the ten-year anniversary of a stunt that left him with a limp becomes entangled in the sinister underworld. It's in that craziness, he meets Shunka who innocently gets sucked into the dark underbelly of the city.
Readers who enjoyed Windup Girl, Snow Crash, and Wool will like POLLEN.
Author's Inspiration: I'm interested in the segregation of peoples lives. How today we are all locked into our bubbles of touch screens playing social games or on social media communicating more than ever, yet we never look up to see the people around us.
Also the obsession we have with physical segregation, from the Israeli security fence to Morocco's wall of shame in the Saharan desert. We've been building walls to keep people out, or people in but have they ever really worked? In the book I explore these themes with two characters on either side of the wall. Rome really wants to escape, in fact his life has been shaped by this desire, and Shunka doesn't care, she's a teenager and can't even remember what the walls look like. yet the decisions made by the powers that be mean that we are all affected by forcing us to live and think within specific boundaries.
Actor Who Would Play the Main Character: John Cusack
From the Book: He sat, arms folded at a cheap plastic table under a café awning. Eyes closed, he sucked humid air through his nose. Slowly he sank his chin into his chest. He wasn’t sleepy; he was scheming. The Riverside Café on the busy corner of two main streets was Rome Shackleton’s favorite haunt. ‘Riverside’ was a reference to the last river which was filled in to make room for building developments. All the water was underground these days, and no one missed it. The mosquitoes had nowhere left to breed.
This book is free 4/10-4/12.