Shadows of Tomorrow features two thrilling, post-apocalyptic short stories, Only One Mask and The Price of Art.
Only One Mask:
Nob only trusts two things: his knife and his breathing mask–the latter because he has to.
Ever since the world went crazy, he feels like he’s always on the run. Running from those who want to kill you. Running from those who want your food, your water, and your only way to safely breathe.
Tricia once said he takes things too seriously. That was a long time ago. Now taking things seriously keeps him alive.
He’s used to taking what he needs without an ounce of guilt, but now he’s faced with a moral dilemma that threatens his survival. They’ve never given him pause before, but this time, it’s different.
The Price of Art:
Jordyn prefers art to friends.
She remembered thinking that growing up, and it’s still true today. Art never let her down. Art never made fun of her. And art never tried to kill her.
She didn’t ask to live in a world where paintings are used for firewood, but that’s her reality. She’s constantly told to think practically–humanity can’t afford anything but the necessities to survive anymore. But she fought back and finally found a community who lets her keep every scrap of art she finds, anything to protect them from being destroyed.
But the day finally comes where she might have to choose between her survival and the survival of her art. The world isn’t a nice place anymore, and hard choices have become a part of everyday life.
Jordyn makes her choice.
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About the Author
Ryan Lanz was born and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii until he was a teenager and then lived in California for a time. He enjoyed a brief experience with film before becoming involved in the performing arts, touring with a music performance group as a vocalist to a dozen countries on three continents over the length of five years. His first published work was Unknown Sender, and he looks forward to many more in a variety of genres. He also enjoys blogging about the culture of writing and brings on guest authors to share their writing tips. For more information, go to www.RyanLanz.com or @theryanlanz on Twitter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Shadows of Tomorrow: 2 Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories by Ryan Lanz, the world has become a dangerous place. People in the poisonous, lawless North fight for survival, and in the South, where humanity still clings to some semblance of civilization, people struggle to defend what they have left. In this bleak landscape, we are introduced to Nob and Jordyn, two very different people in very different circumstances, who nonetheless find themselves tested in a similar way—both of them must decide if what they had loved and believed in in the past is worth holding onto. In this collection, Lanz has given us two well-written tales with intriguing plots and compelling, well-drawn characters. The stories are tense and full of suspense, and life in this future is dangerous and violent. I found myself wanting to know more about these characters and their personal pasts and also wanting to know more about how the world got into this state. I highly recommend these stories to fans of dystopian fiction, and even though there are no zombies, I believe fans of The Walking Dead would find a lot to like here also. I look forward to seeing more from Ryan Lanz!