Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Day Zero" by Summer Lane

Day Zero
(The Zero Trilogy Book 1)
by Summer Lane

Day Zero is the first book in Summer Lane's new Zero Trilogy, which complements her Collapse Series, currently consisting of State of Emergency, State of Chaos, and State of Rebellion (read my blog post), and State of Pursuit (read my blog post).

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Elle is a survivor.
Since the collapse of modern society, she’s been living in the remains of downtown Hollywood, California, foraging for food and fighting for her life.
And then everything changes.
After she is forced out of her home, she heads north. What she finds is a group of bunker survivors, unlikely comrades, and the hope of a safe haven. Together, they journey toward the dregs of civilization, facing starvation, imprisonment and death.
They are alone, but they are ready.
Day Zero begins today.

Featured Review
In a place where there was no hope, hope was found. Destruction changed everything in Ellie's world. The modern world was plunged into a day of darkness.
Ellie, a 15 year old girl, in hiding and alone, tries to survive after her world has been destroyed. She runs into another group of teens. Ellie reluctantly decides to help them out. She is understandable cautious and standoffish.
I couldn't put the book down. As I read Day Zero I thought about how light shines greatest in darkness. The smallest amount of hope becomes paramount. I felt the darkness trying to cling to me as I turned the pages. I rejoiced when something good happened and welcomed the light.
Summer did an excellent job at putting the reader into the scene. There is mystery and suspense as the characters fight for their lives.
The next books in this series will be good if it's anything like this one. Day Zero was a great read.

Guest Post by the Author
Writing Day Zero
The idea for Day Zero came about at the beginning of 2014, around the time I was getting ready to release State of Rebellion, the third book in The Collapse Series. There are so many stories that can be told about supporting characters – especially when a series is ongoing like mine, and continues to add new characters to the plot.
I wrote a rough draft of Day Zero in June, and finished the first copy of the manuscript in August. It was about a three-month process, total, to get the book written. Getting the page count done only took a couple of weeks. What takes time for me, as a writer, is researching, plotting, planning, and double-checking a novel. Writing is the fun part.
As any writer knows, a final draft can be drastically different than the first draft. Oftentimes they aren’t even recognizable. With Day Zero, it was an exception. The final draft is actually very similar to the first draft. The scenes, the power, the narration is the same. Editing this novel was different than The Collapse Series, because I was starting with a character who is hardened, who already knows who she is. I get to jump right into it, which made writing the manuscript and setting the tone easier than the first two books of The Collapse Series, where Cassidy Hart is constantly changing and growing as a protagonist. Elle is very settled in who she is – the challenge of her story is staying alive, and doing so in a city that’s turned into an archaic battleground.  

About the Author
Summer Lane is the author of the national bestselling Collapse Series which currently includes State of Emergency, State of Chaos, and State of Rebellion, and State of Pursuit. The fifth installment, State of Alliance, is releasing January 2015. Summer is also the author of The Zero Trilogy and a survivalist/science fantasy series, the first novella of which was released in October 2014.
Summer owns WB Publishing, Writing Belle, and is the founder of The Art of Storytelling, a creative writing curriculum program for children. She is also a creative writing teacher and journalist.

She lives in the Central Valley of California, where she spends her time writing, teaching, and writing some more. When she is not writing, she enjoys leisurely visits with friends at coffee shops, watching movies, reading, and visiting the beach.

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