World of Ash
written by Shauna Granger
published by Shauna Granger
About the book – from Goodreads: There are two inherent truths in the world: life as we know it is over, and monsters are real.
The Pestas came in the night, spreading their pox, a deadly plague that decimated the population. Kat, one of the unlucky few who survived, is determined to get to her last living relative and find shelter from the pox that continues to devastate the world. When it mutates and becomes airborne, Kat is desperate to avoid people because staying alone might be her only chance to stay alive.
That is, until she meets Dylan. Dylan, with his easy smile and dark, curly hair, has nowhere to go and no one to live for. He convinces Kat there can be safety in numbers, that they can watch out for each other. So the unlikely couple set off together through the barren wasteland to find a new life – if they can survive the roaming Pestas, bands of wild, gun-toting children, and piles of burning, pox-ridden bodies.
What I’ll Want/Need for an Apocalypse
When writing World of Ash I had to think about things I’d want to have should I ever have to face an impending apocalypse (zombie, solar flare, EMP, whatever flavor you like). Believe it or not, this topic is quite common among Fantasy writers, partly for inspiration, partly for research for a book idea and partly for fun (yeah, fun, we’re weird like that). But once you start talking about something regularly you can’t help but think, “Well, what if it DID happen?” I’ve had this list in mind for a while now so I actually have three of these five already. Can you guess which ones? I’ll have to see about getting the others.
The Top Five Things I Want To Have In Case of an Apocalypse:
1. Self-Cocking Crossbow Pistol – I’m not big on guns (I can shoot ‘em, I just don’t dig ‘em – I mean those suckers are loud and will draw attention!) but you have to have something to protect yourself from a distance and this really fits the bill. I know most people would think about a full-sized crossbow, and that’s a good thing to have, but I like the idea of having something compact yet effective and even the ammo for this would take less room as you go.
2. A Machete – Now, my husband is a personal trainer and a self-defense instructor and a life-time martial artist so, believe me, we have A LOT of weapons in our house. And I’m not even joking when I tell you we have six different machetes. But these are incredibly versatile weapons. They’re longer than your average knife so you don’t have to let someone get as close to you as you would with a pocket knife to defend yourself. You can use it to clear a path in overgrowth and to fell material to build shelters. And it’s handy for decapitating zombies.
3. Water Purifying Tablets – we’re gonna run out of fresh water, it’s a fact, so you’re gonna want to have something to help with that.
4. An RV Van – yep, the bug-out-mobile. If you have to leave home you’ll want to have shelter and protection, and tents are gonna get old. Obviously you’re only going to be able to drive for so long and only so far, so the goal would be to get to somewhere safe that offers a food source, like a lake. But the beauty of an RV van is that it offers the shelter and protection (when you finally run out of any and all gas, wherever you end up, your shelter is already built! Voila!), but it’s also smaller than your average RV camper so it’s easier to maneuver and faster! Look at those interiors!
5. A Guide to Edible and Medicinal Plants – pills expire but injuries and sickness will continue on so you’ll need something to help guide you in treating these things. Maybe I can steal Katniss’s book?
About the author: Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Five years ago, Shauna started work on her Elemental Series. She released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. She is currently hard at work on a new Urban Fantasy series, staring a spunky witch with a smush-faced cat named Artemis.