The world of books is filled with hyperbole. The word ‘unique’ is used so often to describe novels that it clearly is usually anything but. Yet there are truly original and risk-taking books that deserve that description. I am proud to announce Greyhart Press has signed one such work, G. L. Adamson’s The Death of the Wave.
Like The Hunger Games and Orwell’s 1984, The Death of the Wave deals with the question of what occurs when humanity is placed beneath the thumb of a system that is corrupt and hurtful.
Following the fall of the modern world, the State of Eden is divided into two distinct classes that all adolescents must test into. Students with math and science aptitude enjoy a high quality of living and technology in the Palaces, but in the Camps students with artistic and verbal abilities must scrounge to survive. In Eden’s State, the lives of the Scientists and Artists are unequal in every way, with preference placed upon scientific inquiry over artistic accomplishment.
Breaker 256, a policewoman who was born into poverty, had always followed the rules for the sake of her family.
But when the unthinkable happens and upends her world forever, she is faced with an irrevocable decision. In a world where censorship runs rampant and a single reminder of the past can get you killed, Breaker 256 must make a choice: take down the State, and face defeat, anarchy, and death, or stand idly by to watch the sufferings of all of that she cares for. Will she remind the State of the world that they had lost, of poetry, music, the stories of kings? Will she place the lives of her family upon the line for a chance to reveal everything, to once again pick up the pen?
Written in a lean, minimalistic style, the form reflects the content of this desolate nightmare world and is told through the three vantage points of three major characters: a policewoman warring against the State, a journalist hired to spread lies to the Camps, and a young man struggling with his purpose. The Death of the Wave is a work that examines the idea of what truly is important —is it the person who tells the tale or the fact that the story has been told at all?
Filled with twists, dilemmas, this story forces Breaker 256 and her contemporaries to take higher and higher risks and to make ever more dangerous decisions, finally culminating in a climax that hovers between tragedy and triumph.
“The Death of the Wave —a dystopian novel with a touch of philosophical inquiry.”
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