When I first set out to create the world where my Sentries series would take place I made some decisions about how I wanted to present that world. Ringed Love, and the entire Sentries series, takes place in a society existing about three hundred years in our future. That society rises up and develops after devastating natural disasters destroy our present day civilization.
Yes, this is a post-apoc world!
I wanted my post-apoc world to be different, however. Most books I’ve read in this category present a bleak and harsh future. Our computers died, our vehicles are no longer useful and everyone is desperate and starving. That’s something that seems to have become our literary post-apoc vision norm.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
While developing my future, post-apoc world here on Earth I took a page from one of my favorite authors (yes, screenwriters are authors too), Gene Roddenberry. Earth’s civilization in the Star Trek universe arose from another sort of apocalypse, devastating war. Star Trek’s vision of a post-apoc society is hopeful and bright.
That’s the type of post-apoc society I wanted to write as well. One that is different, yet not bleak, with a diverse and rich culture, a society with layers. A civilization that demonstrates humans are resilient and capable of surviving through tremendous change.
Ringed Love, the final installment of the Sentries series, is filled with challenges and changes for the characters. They’ve grown since the first pages of Marked Yours. Their world has undergone its own apocalypse and now society is re-forming yet again.
The most important aspect to Ringed Love and the entire series, is the love and devotion between two men, Todd and Nick Ruger. Like fine wine they’ve simply grown better through the years. Their love for each other changes, grows and becomes stronger during each chapter of Ringed Love. I hope readers enjoy their journey, it’s one I’ve cherished writing.
This article was first published on the blog of Anne Barwell.
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New Colorado Protectorate fell with the assassination of Chancellor Clarke. Like many others, Todd and Nick Ruger left the land of their birth and made a home to the north in Yellowknife. Their world was ever changing. The time came to say a sad farewell to some of their friends and loved ones, but they were taken in with open arms by others and in turn offered shelter to yet more. Through the years they remained steadfast in their duty as sentries to protect and defend those that needed it the most.
Time marches on but through it all they hold each other dear and cherish the love they’ve shared. There are still angry ghosts, Windigos and water spirits to contend with. Their lives change, offering them new roles. When the time comes, they do what sentries have done for generations prior and teach others the skills to carry on as sentries. The Rugers lives were rich and their hearts full with their devotion and love for each other. The tradition of the sentries lived on forever. It was the legacy of Todd and Nick Ruger. That was the way it was always meant to be.
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