Series: Pendomus Chronicles #1
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Humanity has colonized on the tidally locked planet Pendomus.
Residing between extreme heat and frigid cold is the complex known as the Helix. Within lies a highly sophisticated society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose as determined by their natural aptitudes and daily brain scans.
Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem has found her calling studying the ancient trees nearby and anxiously awaits a professional placement which will allow her to continue her work.
Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked and left for dead in those woods. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived without the Helix. Fueled by a yearning to understand and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa tries to make a new life for herself. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet, and the forces controlling her from afar.
What she needs are some answers.
Guest Post by Carissa Andrews on What It Means to be Human
A lot of technology in the book has redefined what it means to be human by taking away eating, sleeping, etc. What are your views on what it means to be human, and what part technology should play (or not play) in our lives?
To me, being human really boils down to something very simple… freedom in choice.
The choice to be, do, think, act, or speak whatever is on your mind, and in your heart. Having the ability to express implicitly the unique being you are.
The way I see it, technology is a double-edged sword. It grants us god-like abilities to have the world literally at our fingertips. It makes us more productive, connects people who otherwise may never have been connected, and even saves lives. But it creates a division like none we have ever witnessed before. In the age of social media, people are more disconnected from their peers than in all previous generations. In a time where there is unparalleled information and knowledge readily available, our collective understanding shrinks because we don’t want to expose ourselves to concepts and ideas outside of the beliefs we currently hold. Rather than dealing with, and tolerating the beliefs of others, we try to water down every concept until they all meld into a blob of meaningless words. Since Christmas is around the corner… the term ‘Happy Holidays’ comes to mind. Heaven forbid I know you’re Jewish, or Muslim, Christian, or even Pagan. And this happens time and time again. Dig into the roots of the celebration of Christmas and you’ll find a conglomeration of many religions melded together into one holiday anyway. Why? Perhaps because we can’t accept diversity. Or perhaps, because at the core of our beliefs, we really are one.
In PENDOMUS, humanity’s uniqueness is expressed only in the way an individual’s professional appointment is chosen. It’s meant to lull the inhabitants of the Helix into a false sense of accomplishment. A false sense of freedom. In reality, they are very closely monitored and controlled… to what purposes have yet to be revealed.
The inhabitants are so reliant on their technology, they can no longer see any other way of life. Their information and communication is all handled via the eLink – basically, the Internet embedded in their minds. They rely on it so much, many no longer even remember how to speak out loud. (Sounds vaguely familiar? How’s that texting thumb holding up?) Knowledge is limited to what the Helix wishes them to know… utilizing the process of generational evolution to ensure this happens. They have tablets called RationCaps for food supplements, Sleep Therapy machines to simulate sleep in a matter of minutes; physical contact of any kind has been all but eradicated.
The technology I incorporated in PENDOMUS is a sampling of the injustices and frightening trends I see taking place now… An embellishment of the ways our world is representing itself, and the direction we’re all heading if we’re not careful.
The good news, is as long as there are story-tellers and people willing to listen, there will always be the select few hidden in the shadows who can see the truth.
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