From Despair to Where
Zombie fiction from Oliver Smith
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.
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I heard a scream outside and rushed to the window to look down on the street. Below my apartment, a young woman was struggling with a man, the man had grasped the girl’s arm and looked to be biting her. I actually saw blood spray from her arm, so I knew it was serious.
One of the best dystopian novels?
Someone might think so, but that’s too big a statement to make. Is it a good story? We think so.
What is From Despair to Where all about?
Aside from being a rather good Manic Street Preachers song, From Despair to Where is a dystopian zombie book that features an average man and a strong woman with a lot of people in-between. It’s a story of survival, hope, loss, good, bad, friendship, love, life and death.
The book looks at both the past and the future as the characters reflect on the world that no longer exists and the stark reality of a world full of flesh eating monsters, prowling with an endless hunger.
From a world where politics had an air of absolute absurdity, social media had given every irrelivant opinion a voice, and where humanity was greedily destorying Mother Earth, the uprising of the dead could have been seen as an act of God, or nature finding its fight. One thing is for sure, the fabrics of society quickly unravelled and humanities priorities became a lot more simplistic in an astonishingly short space of time.
The book is set in England and crosses counties as the protagonists seek a place to survive, a place to call home. Is it possible to love and care in an environment with so much sorrow and horror, is it wise to stick your neck out to help when it could cost your life? Are those who were willing to hurt and maim people in the ‘civilised’ world more likely to survive than those who are programmed for good? From Despair to Where looks at how people cope with a global catatrophe, some of it ugly, some of it beautiful and is a book of hope rather than a book of tragedy.
A little about Oliver
Hello, I’m Oliver and I’ve always been an avid reader and I do love a good dystopian novel along with sci-fi books and some classics. I’ve always wanted to write a book and the good fortune (a little sarcasm and bitterness) of being made redundant gave me the time to actually pull my finger out and write a book! I really hope you enjoy it, I think it’s a rollocking read, but I would say that wouldn’t I!
Thanks for reading.