The Fallow

The Fallow

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Alicia J. Britton By Fairytale_Fabler Completed

In the not-so-distant future . . . and if a cult could rule what remains of the world . . .
  
While Portsmith is undergoing its annual Delinquency Purge, Herald and his team of rebellious writers--Virtue, Law, Blasphemy, Parody, Doxy, Hearsay, Gospel, and Corollary--are hiding in the watch room of a lighthouse. Their island sanctuary, provided by the one they call "Captain," is almost too good to be true. The ocean views are breathtaking, the apples are ripe and fresh from the orchard, and Herald hasn't had a problem keeping warm at night.
    
But Herald can never escape the truth. Their crimes are punishable by death or the unthinkable, and Herald is at risk more than anyone. And Virtue, the girl he is completely and recklessly in love with, must conform to the Maineland's polygamous tradition or risk becoming Fallow, a barren lifestyle a woman must endure if she refuses to play by the rules. Though Virtue's charm and beauty are entrancing, any husband she desires surely in her power to obtain, she's forced to make an immediate decision--love or material comfort. But has she forgotten? She's a woman and "choice" abandons her. It's all one nightmare or another. Her fate is in God's hands, and in Portsmith, that isn't very reassuring.
  
  POV Cast:
  Herald - Rupert Evans
  Law - James McAvoy
  Virtue - Lily James
  Blasphemy - Zoe Kravitz
  Captain - Dennis Quaid

Reading Lists: @adultfiction "Stranger Tides" and @dystopianapocalypse "Hellfire and Armageddon"
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DouglasDebelakAuthor DouglasDebelakAuthor Nov 10, 2017
Interestingly, the back story in The Involuntary Ghostwriter is entitled The Word of God. That was also the series name and subtitle until recently. I decided to see whether a more subtle series name would help. Too soon to tell.
Wuckster Wuckster May 25
Thanks for the brief history.  It really sets up the world and gives me a better understanding of what I'm about to enter.  It's definitely an intriguing concept already.
Perhaps you could remove the "and", just keeping it as (the first born...). When I read it first, it came out as the fourth-born and the first child born :)
TSTurcotte TSTurcotte Sep 14, 2017
The history you provided in the chapter makes this world come alive in my mind. Beside the tiny things that I mentioned it was fantastic. After reading this I know I am going to very much enjoy this book!
                              
                              Keep up the great work and never stop writing!
Should it be "yet"? It seems like "so" because of the efforts mentioned above?
Jazzua Jazzua Jun 03
Was the danger of fallout lessened by the passing of time? My reading of the earlier history was that the Fallow's would return sick due to the fallout from the nuclear attack.  Did something happen that allowed the underground residents to return to the outside world?