Blog tour guest post by @JackCroxall Author of Wye

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Wye is losing hope. Sixteen and travelling through a rich wilderness with three other teenagers, she should be having the time of her life. And she might be if it weren't for the thing hunting her; the tireless creature desperate to tear her and her friends limb from limb.

Through the remembered lessons of her favourite writers, Wye has been trying to make sense of the cruel world she’s found herself inhabiting. But it’s not working. Wherever she turns there are monsters and memories, both of them poised to devour her if she can’t find a way to live with herself. What follows is Wye’s last chance at salvation, what follows is her journal.



Guest post: Die Humans, die!



What do I do with England once I’ve killed all the humans? That was the (admittedly evil) premise I began work on Wye with. A lot of dystopian books envisage the end of humanity accompanied by a kind of squalor and decay. It makes sense, we humans are a destructive bunch, if it was extreme climate change or nuclear war which saw us off the world would probably be left in a dire state.

But being a contrary sort, I wanted to go completely the opposite way with Wye. Humanity is all but finished and the England that remains is peaceful, beautiful.



"We call the countryside The Wasteland now. Not because it’s some toxic, uninhabitable slum. Far from it. It’s actually a tapestry of leaf-greens and the pleasant, pastel shades of wildflowers. We call it The Wasteland because every sign of humanity’s dominion over the land is rapidly wasting away."



The book is told through the journal entries of a girl who calls herself Wye, and I wanted to contrast the horrors of her life with the exquisite scenery of a natural England. Of course, nature taking over means that there are no shops or supermarkets, so scavenging and hunter-gathering takes up a significant part of Wye’s time. Luckily, I grew up in rural England and I soon realised that a lot of my boyhood activities (catching fish, cooking crayfish, collecting watercress etc) would provide someone trying to survive with a means of survival. I could make Wye outdoorsy too!



But more than that, the urge to find food allowed me to explore Wye’s survival instinct, and how that instinct was in direct conflict with all she knew from the civilised ‘old world’. But survival is about more than finding sustenance, it’s about staying alive and evading danger. And that’s where the monster comes in 


About the author:




Originally trained as an environmental scientist, Jack Croxall soon discovered a life in the lab wasn't for him. He started writing for student publications at university and writing quickly became his passion. He's now an award-winning author toiling away as a science/literature writer in between working on his books.

Wye is available to purchase on Amazon




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