Series: The Affected Trilogy Bk#1
Author: Randi Lee
Cover by: Todd Engel, Engel Creative Graphic Design
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller & Dystopian
Publisher: Abuzz Press
Release Date: 1st April 2015
BLURB supplied by Sparkle Book Tours
Eight years ago, there was no World Government. There were no agents, no carts. The fear of a nosebleed did not exist. Then came The Affection—an incurable disease that ran rampant across the planet, killing off roughly 60% of the human population. Two years later—with order in shambles and governments all over the world in ruins—the World Government formed. That’s when the real trouble began. The WG made it its mission to segregate the sick (known as “Affected”) from the rest of the population in an attempt to keep the disease from spreading. Agents were put into place to corral the ill and the God-forsaken carts were introduced.
For the past six years, Ethan has lived a quiet life. He has done his best to remain out of the public eye and, more importantly, off of the agents’ radars. However, when his ex-girlfriend, daughter of the famous scientist who first discovered the disease, is captured by agents and taken to World Government headquarters to be experimented upon, Ethan can no longer pretend the world around him doesn’t exist. On his way to save her, Ethan is thrust into a place of turmoil, espionage and conspiracies. Will he be able to handle the pressures of reality? Will he be able to save her in time?
The agents lead the chef out of the restaurant. Things do not go back to normal so easily, not the way they did back at the ball game. Awash with the tragedy of the moment, people mourn the loss of the chef in different ways. Some leave, some bow their heads and others lose the battle to tears. The hostess gives a speech about the man the chef is. A round of clapping follows.
“This doesn’t make sense,” Grant says. “The chef was Affected. Doesn’t that mean he was serving Affected food? He could have made us all sick.”
“What’s your point?” I ask.
“My point is that those agents could easily take us all in for fear of contagion. What’s stopping them?”
Cameron’s card comes to mind—the one with the embossed gold lettering and three contact numbers. I sift through my wallet and pull it out.
“Me,” I say, staring at the card. “I’m stopping them.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Randi Lee is a writer and blogger who lives in New England with her family and much-loved dogs. She studied Communications, Media and Theater Arts and is an avid fan of live theater. Randi often incorporates techniques she’s learned from her studies into her writing. Believing that her areas of study have much in common with and can benefit the writing world, she shares her knowledge on her blog—often providing fellow writers with a different perspective on the craft via tips and advice.
A world traveler, Randi finds great inspiration in the places she visits. Whether it be a different country or the next town over, Randi uses all of her senses to take in each experience and learn something new. She strongly believes that visiting new places and interacting with different cultures strengthens the soul—and the creative muscles.
Randi is always excited to meet new people and exchange ideas.
She can be contacted via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What inspires you to write the
I find that writing dystopian works is a great way to express my feelings and views about many current world events through the use of symbolism within my work. For instance, I once wrote a short story about a futuristic society that sends all of its convicted criminals to a prison stationed on the moon. The “moon prison” symbolized for me how isolated and alienated convicted criminals are in today’s justice system and, through further symbolism, the story related how I felt about their treatment while incarcerated.
The same is true within “Affected.” Many of the story elements are in fact symbols of current world events and real-life on goings. The disease itself—an incurable pandemic—is somewhat of a symbol for all of the “intangible illnesses” our society is currently stricken with: mental illness, gun control, the war on drugs, corruption in politics, etc. Currently, we have no cure for these intangible illnesses. It won’t be until we put aside our fears and personal proclivities to think of the greater good that we will find solutions to what ails our nation.