Starting Friday, January 29, 2016, I will begin posting my first novel, Exile: The Book of Ever (#1) to Wattpad. Over the course of about a month, I will post a chapter every day. This means you can either follow along serially or wait a month and read the whole thing all at once.
Exile will still be for sale as an ebook and a paperback in the same places you’ve always been able to find it, but this means it will also be entirely free to read for those who want to.
Why am I doing this? Two reasons. First and foremost, Exile is a YA novel, and Wattpad has a lot of young readers. Second, and relatedly, I want to see if I can develop a wider audience. Exile has been well reviewed, but hasn’t seen as much commercial success as I’d like: I’m hoping bringing it to Wattpad will get it into the hands of readers who might otherwise not find it.
Exile is a post-apocalyptic fantasy with dystopian and sci-fi elements. I’ve often described it (and heard it described) as X-Men meets The Walking Dead. Here’s the blurb:
Centuries after the Fall, the United States has been wiped away. The crumbling remains of the great American empire are home now only to savage, lawless tribes and packs of ravening Damned—the twisted children of the apocalypse. Most of those few who survived humanity’s destruction spend their short lives in a violent struggle for survival. But some light still flickers in the darkness: the Blessed of Bountiful live in seclusion, relying on walls both physical and spiritual to protect them from the Desolation that their world has become. Among them are the Saints, those few men and women born with superhuman abilities that the Blessed see as gifts from God.
The violent apostate tribes of the Northeast Kingdom have always been a danger, but up until recently its small size and the vigilance of its people have made Bountiful an unappealing target. As attacks on the community grow harsher and more frequent, however, even the steadfast Blessed are forced to start preparing for the worst.
With her home’s very existence threatened, seventeen year old Ever Oaks, a Saint with the power to heal, is forced to make a difficult choice, one that may come to define her people’s future…
I have high hopes for Exile over the long term. It’s a gripping, entertaining story, but one that also challenges the reader in unexpected ways. And it’s got a kickass female protagonist who I think young women might like. If you haven’t taken a look yet, you’ll have the chance to read along on January 29th. Mark your calendars!