With society no longer bound by the constraints of aging, a man struggles with societies degrading moralities, and his responsibilities; when investigating a string of events that threaten this new world’s order.
Since the introduction of the life-extending drug AMBROSIA, the world has let go of its moral and ethical restraints. Their city has grown immensely through its continued over indulgence, the vices that were once left behind closed doors are fully out in the open for all to experience, overwhelming the inhabitants. The health threat to their lives reduced to such a miniscule level, they live in excess each passing day, on a constant and repetitive high. The nightlife is in a constant state of ecstasy; intricate nightclubs line the streets, providing a playground of vices for all who enter. MICHAEL CANDER is a man of strict discipline, the society he lives among is of no interest to him. Cander instead finds meaning in his service as an investigator for the corporation who created the life extending Ambrosia, ICHOR. As his past life slowly creeps into the present, Cander finds himself grappling with this new world and the obligation to his work in attempting to uncover the true meaning behind a string of peculiar events.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The thought of what would happen to a society that no longer has to worry about their health, getting old, or dying. What would people's personal reactions be to it? How would governments or insitutions react? And how would the structure of society shift as a result of of a world without this worry, this was the thought that inspired the book.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
By envisioning how people would react in the world the story is set in, how most would welcome it. But like anyone in any generation, there's always people who feel out of place and believe things were better in another past time. This was the driving thought for the main character, Cander, in many ways he's completely opposed to the trend of society, and although he tries to escape from it, he's confronted with it everyday. The other characters are parts of people he wants to be, His friend Chris embraces the new world, his partner Ron understands why people act the way they do in it, His colleague Greene's innocence reminding him of the past.
By the look of him, you would think someone of his appearance would revel in this environment. A tall man with a strong athletic build, a lean and well-defined face. Like most others around him, a true measure of health and youth. He didn’t always feel this way, this cynical and dark about it all. He was once a willing participant in all of its gluttonous attractions. He considers himself lucky that he escaped its pull. That he made it out before it consumed him like it has all the others. To him, this part of the city is referred to by its official name, the City Center. To others, they nickname it Cokaigne after the fabled land of extreme pleasure and comfort. It’s an ongoing festival of free-spirited acts without the barrier of moral constraints. Lasting for so long that one never seems to awake from its drunkenness, they all frolic intoxicated by its allure. That was once him, but it’s not now. No, it’s not something he chooses to partake in anymore. And yet, on most nights he finds himself here, bound by a withering obligation he still feels to a life of the past, a part of him that’s buried deep, buried but still beating within him.
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