Death and violence do not exist in Axiom. There is no strife, no war, no suffering. There is no hunger, no sadness, and no pain. Axiom is a place of perfection. But, at what cost?In Axiom, mankind has willingly submitted itself to one man–the Lord Protector–who controls the destiny of every human being. Emotions have become outlawed. Relationships are forbidden. Any sign of the Disease is treated with hostility. Under the eternal guidance of the Lord Protector, mankind no longer knows what it means to be human. But, stirring within the hearts and minds of a few individuals is a reality which cannot be ignored. It is this reality which will cause the spark of rebellion to be born.
Targeted Age Group:: 15-19
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Axiom was very personally driven and inspired by my own struggles with mental health. I started writing it while I struggled to maintain my own thought life, and this is directly reflected in one of the main characters—Sebastian. He is also a symbol of the culture around me in that he is moving from logical and reason based thinking(Enlightenment thinking) to a more emotional and passion driven thinking(the emotionalism of my generation).
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I create my characters as reflections of myself–even the bad guys. Thus, they are intensely personal to me, and hopefully personable to the reader.
P1717 paused and grinned again. The sound of the Train hurtling down the tunnels, suspended above the ground on a magnetic track, vibrated in his legs. P1717 leaned forward from where he was standing, and a softness appeared in the edge of his eyes.
"What's my favorite color?"
Such a strange question. It did not warrant an answer.
"What is my favorite food, Sebastian?" P1717 asked with a certain earnest sadness.
1C118 had no desire to answer and was annoyed that he could not figure out why P1717 was asking these questions. The answers required attention that did not belong to him.
"Don't you ever wonder, Sebastian?"
There was no wonder in his eyes.
"Wonder what we're here for?"
They were here to work. Nothing more.
"Do you know what it means to be human?"
The question lingered.
Sound swallowed his words. There was an eruption of noise which stole his voice. It started two compartments down and rippled through the Train, turning the air into a violent torrent of distorted metal and shattered glass. It was followed immediately by a plume of vibrant orange that warmed the air with its consuming glow.
It was beautiful.
1C118 couldn't look away as it shredded the Com into dazzling pieces, melted the seats, and rippled down the aisle. 1C118 didn't understand what was occurring. His manipulor pulsed yellow as it registered his confusion. He watched the powerful funnel of furious motion, trying to wrap his mind around what it was, what it meant, yet the meaning escaped him. He had never seen destruction before.
It was a fast and a confusing wave of violence, bubbling and boiling over itself. P1717 was speaking, but 1C118 didn't hear him. All he heard was the sound of the glass slicing the air, and the Train crumpling and distorting as the metal screamed in shrill pain.
The violence hit them with an incomprehensible strength that sucked the breath from their lungs. Glass glittered all around as the sound of destruction roared in their minds. The compartment they were in was torn in two as the wave of energy and ball of fire enveloped it.
P1717 moved in front of 1C118 as his own manipulor glowed a soft purple. He filled the space in front of 1C118 with his body. 1C118 looked up into his face, watched his lips move, but was unable to hear his words as the violence feasted on the syllables. A faint grin appeared on P1717’s lips as flames enveloped them both.
1C118 was slammed backwards silence and darkness.
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