AWOL The Story of Adam
I saved this novel from the digital dust of an ageing laptop. It was spring of this year and as a slight diversion from a new novel that I am writing, that I took a trip to the virtual graveyard/ warehouse that keeps my writing.
I remembered that AWOL was a good story, but when I read it again I found myself nodding in appreciation of the writing. It was as if I was reading a text that had been written by an established author, and a really good one at that.
That’s when I decided to do some spring-cleaning, pull it out of the mothballs and let it see the light of day again.
AWOL, The Story of Adam, is a novel for young adults that grips right from the start and never lets go. It is a white-knuckle ride into a dystopian world that is only just beyond ours.
In a world where war, terrorism and world-wide tidal waves have reshaped existence, change is coming in a most surprising form. Separated from other societies, the people of The Citadel continue their lives under the constant watch and care of The Family. Nobody knows better than they about what the people want and need.
Behind the walls, boys go to The Academy, they study and study until their lessons have been completely learnt. At the end of every year, they are assessed. For those who do well, they get to graduate into the following year, but for those who fail…well, failure is not an option.
There is no escape. Out beyond the walls is nothing more the margins, a world of water, inundations, and savage beasts. Only the TTs (Truancy Teams) go there in order to recapture AWOLs (Absent without Learning). Nobody gets to escape The Finals.
For Adam, the world seemed set for his family’s redemption from the sin of an elder brother who fled. Only their father’s good name saved the family and when he died he was remade as a House Bot that could serve and observe.
Adam, both gifted and hardworking, was always top of his year, suddenly experienced a dip. His grades began to drop and kept on dropping. The Academy saw this and welcomed it as the ultimate retribution for the brother who fled.
Nobody escapes The Finals.
Unless you meet a girl, but girls were not meant to exist.
This is Romeo and Juliet meets 1984.
Written with pace and passion, AWOL delivers a James Patterson page-turner with a heart-warming tale of survival, rebellion and redemption. Hard-edged and enlightening, AWOL provides young adults with a lesson on life, and it is one they will never want to forget.