What would you do if you locked yourself away for days on end, away from the media, friends, colleagues, and family; working on some menial task for work, only to go to the shop to buy milk and find out that people were eating people? Meet Jack.
What would you do if you were to watch the world turn on its head, trapped in your city centre apartment? How do you survive the growing numbers of flesh-eating monsters, metres down on the street? Meet Lucy.
From Despair to Where is a fast-paced thriller set at the start of a pandemic: a virus that turns the dead into animated corpses with an insatiable hunger. It chronicles the lives of Jack and Lucy in their quest to let go of the past and adapt to a new existence.
A journey to find a home is difficult when you’re surviving with only the skills acquired in the civilised world, throw in deranged and psychopathic survivors, and that passage becomes much more fraught. Jack and Lucy however, have little choice, they must find a place to call home to have any hope of surviving.
Loss. Fear. Hope.
From Despair to Where
The debut novel from Oliver Smith.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write an entertaining story that the reader can lose themselves in. No pretention, just a tale that is enjoyable.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters in this book are a mixture of people I know and met, modern culture and a little bit of myself too.
Chapter 1 – Meet Jack
Jack had worked in marketing for about 15 years. He began his career as a salesman, but wrongly thought a career in marketing would be less soul destroying and provide him with the means to buy a nice car, a house, and enjoy the occasional far flung holiday, trinkets. Trinkets that were important to so many people in the world as it was.
As it turns out, the world that it is now, material luxuries and having an in-depth understanding of Photoshop and web design is of no value. Now, of course, being the zombie apocalypse.
Had Jack decided to forego his hazy University days, stayed in his childhood home in rural Yorkshire and chosen a career path in one of the trades; he would have been far better equipped to survive in a world where men with soft, delicate office worker hands were being eaten alive.
Jack, in truth, was quite an unextraordinary person, and probably still is. He would have been described as middle-class, although he hated society’s incessant need to classify people into boxes, Jack felt like an individual, on his own. He was about 5 10”, early 30s if he was lying, late 30s when telling the truth, average build, handsome to some, but middling to most.
He coasted through school and university and into his work life. Through forged CVs and an ability to sound like he knew what he was talking about, Jack masked his general averageness. He had managed to get himself an above average job, not great, but not bad. It paid him a wage which was the only motivation when it came to his career. He was dancing society’s dance.
Having no real purpose was only half the trouble with choosing a career so meaningless; it also meant that Jack lacked any practical skills for survival. A half-finished marketing diploma and understanding how to create a pretty email newsletter aren’t exactly in-demand skills come the breakdown of civilization.
In Jack’s mind, however, he had been surviving for years. Trudging through a meaningless existence. In stasis. Jack was about to rouse.
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