A post-apocalyptic novel for young adults
LONDON, 2012: It arrives and with that the world is changed into an unending graveyard littered with the bones, wreckage, and memories of a dead past, gone forever.
LONDON, 2032: Twenty years later, out of the ashes, a new world begins to rise, a place ruled by both loyalty and fear, and where the quest to be the first to regain lost knowledge is an ongoing battle for power. A place where laws are made and enforced by roving gangs—the Bloomsbury Boys, the Gardners, the Red Lady’s Gang—who rule the streets and will do anything to protect their own.
THE FOUR: Zane, Titus, Erin, Eve. Living in this new world, they discover that they have abilities never before seen. And little do they know that as they search post-apocalyptic London for Titus’ kidnapped sister that they’ll uncover the secret of It, and bring about a reckoning with the forces that almost destroyed all of humanity.
You can download and read the first five chapters by clicking here.
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Before I had a publishing deal for 20 Years Later, I decided to podcast the novel a chapter at a time.
Why? Well, I had no idea if it was any good for a start (rejection letters do that to you), and didn’t want to post the text online. After hearing about another writer’s positive experience with podcasting, I thought I’d give it a go.
About three quarters through the book (I was posting one chapter a week), I got the publishing deal I’d been striving for. I negotiated with the publisher who kindly allowed me to keep posting as by then several people were following the novel, and I didn’t want to let them down.
Here is an archive of those original podcasts. Please, please remember three things: 1) This was the first voice work I ever did – months and months before I became a professional voice artist. 2) I recorded it using my Skype headset, and so the quality is nowhere near my pro recorded work and 3) This is a recording of the penultimate draft – it went through another round of editing with the publisher. Not much changed, but I felt it important to say. Because, you know, this is my baby and I’m a perfectionist…
I am currently recording a professional version with my gorgeous Shure Legendary microphone and snazzy recording booth. If you’d like me to let you know when it’ll be available, just drop me a line.
P.S. And for nostalgia’s sake, here is my attempt at a blurb. The publisher’s blurb is much, much better
Gangs, blood oaths and loyalty test three teenagers searching for a kidnapped sister in post-apocalyptic London, unaware that as they unravel the mystery of her whereabouts, they are uncovering London’s darkest secret.
Zane, Titus and Erin discover the connection between a wheezing giant sighted in an abandoned hospital and the secretive gang holding Titus’ sister captive. When they learn the reason she was kidnapped is related to the disease that almost destroyed humanity, the rescue of one girl becomes the struggle to save many.
Listen to the chapters below.
Twenty Years Later by Emma Newman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.