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The Nothing Within

The Nothing Within

by Andy Giesler


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What unforgivable sin would you commit to save the world?

In 2161, the first chimera arose. A year later, twelve billion people were dead. The few who survived called it the Reckoning.

Generations later, their descendants hide within the walls of small, rustic villages, cowering from chimeras. They revere tradition. They fear innovation. They mistrust anything that’s different.

Root couldn’t be more different.

Curious and irreverent, she disquiets her village. Blind daughter of the village guardian, she stands apart. Frustrated with a wall-bound life, she grudgingly accepts it—until she hears the voice that no one else can hear.

Root's journey will take her into the wilds to discover the truth: that her world has been twisted by people trying to save it. And her choices will determine whether humankind's last ember flickers out.

A rural-dystopian novel exploring post-apocalyptic Amish country, a society shaped by fear, and private choices that remake the world.

"[I]mpossible to put down...Post-apocalyptic fiction fans who enjoy grand, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it narratives, such as Stephen King’s The Stand, Justin Cronin’s Passage trilogy, and Walter M. Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, will find Giesler’s debut nothing short of a storytelling masterwork." — BlueInk Reviews (starred review)

"In every way, this eye-opening post-apocalyptic tale is a true page-turner…The Nothing Within is a fresh and ingenious take on the post-apocalyptic novel…The book fuses fantasy with science fiction…[A] densely woven futuristic tale that maintains suspense from its first page to its last." — Foreword Clarion Reviews (5 stars)

"[R]eaders will be delighted by the fresh, original take of this end-of-the-world saga, and will find The Nothing Within and its progression unexpectedly original, refreshingly revealing, and a standout compared to the usual dystopian exploration."—D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733567640
Publisher: Humble Quill LLC
Publication date: 06/14/2019
Pages: 552
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

In fourth grade, Andy Giesler fell in love with writing. His debut novel, Attack of the Dinosaurs, was seventeen pages long: the heart-pounding tale of Alaskan scientists using nuclear bombs to prospect for gasoline and-as happens all too often-inadvertently waking frozen dinosaurs. He promised himself that, one day, he'd write an even longer book.

Many years later while reading bedtime stories to his kids, he fell in love with writing all over again. He decided it was time.

Andy has been a library page, dairy science programmer, teacher, technical writer, and healthcare software developer. He's a husband, father, and nonprofit web consultant living in Madison, Wisconsin.