People don’t just die anymore. They endure. They stay young. Thanks to Rejuvenation, a miraculous medical advancement from the Extended Life Corporation. Yet, not all of humanity believes the procedure is a good thing.
Simon Crowe is caught in the middle–voluntarily abstaining from Rejuvenation and living alongside his Rejuvenite girlfriend, Maggie. But when he’s framed for the murder of his EXLI-scientist neighbor, Simon is forced to flee, hunted by the authorities and even deadlier, unknown forces. Even more troubling is the puzzling message left by the murdered scientist–a cryptic set of clues alluding to a larger conspiracy.
Now, on the run for their lives, Simon and Maggie must forge dangerous alliances if they hope to decipher the mysterious message, expose the truth, and clear their names. But they soon discover there’s much more buried in the truth they seek, shrouded by the youthful faces and long life bestowed by Rejuvenation. An unimaginable secret that threatens the future of the entire human race.
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Apotheosis was inspired and influenced by a lot of things over the years since I wrote the initial draft in 2010. But the main inspiration for the story came from a dream. I get a lot of great ideas from dreams. It's remembering those ideas once I wake that's the hard part. I don't even really remember the dream that inspired this book, but I do recall waking up in the middle of the night, grabbing my notebook, and furiously scribbling down 4-5 pages of notes. I still have those pages, just in case the Smithsonian come calling for them some day.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
When I sat down to write the initial outline for Apotheosis I already had most of the characters in mind. They weren't fully developed by any means, just vague interpretations of what I wanted them to be for the sake of the story. That's probably the same for most writers when they are starting a new project. I've learned that's just how I work. I like to discover who the characters truly are along the way as I'm writing that initial draft. This, of course, requires plenty of revision later on, especially to the early chapters of a book, but that's just the way I write. I make my own hell, I suppose. Yay revisions!
The main character of Apotheosis, Simon, is very much an every-man character thrown into extraordinary circumstances. He works a standard office job, lives a comfortable life, spends time with his friends and girlfriend. He may sound normal, but in the world of Apotheosis, where the majority of the population have undergone a medical procedure called Rejuvenation to stay young, Simon is an outsider. He's one of the few who've willingly abstained from the procedure. He knows this sets him apart from most of society, but he has his reasons. He's confident in the decision he's made, even if it means dealing with a certain level of prejudice. And that's just in his everyday life, before the events of the story truly kick off.
When Sebastian Martin woke in the middle of the night, he knew something was wrong. It wasn't the strange dream he'd been having about a familiar forest or sterile hospital hallways that troubled him. It wasn’t the lurching of his stomach, which he blamed on the deep-fried food he’d eaten for lunch in the work cafeteria the previous day. It wasn’t even the dull aching he felt in every limb and corner of his body. It was his breath, ragged and stressed, each one a struggle, his lungs burning. His entire body was covered in sweat. The shorts and t-shirt he wore were damp as if he’d been sleepwalking outside in a rainstorm.
Was this what sickness felt like? Real sickness? Sebastian had no basis for comparison, but this certainly felt like what he’d read about. Maybe he really had come down with something. An illness or even, a disease.
No, he thought. That didn’t happen anymore. Not to people like him. It was impossible.
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