Book Title: Come the Eventide by Chris Riker
Category: YA Fiction/Adult Fiction, 330 pages
Genre: YA Eco-Sci-Fiction / Fantasy | Publisher: Lanier Press
Release date: June, 2019 | Tour dates: October 14 - 25, 2019
Content Rating: PG (There are mature themes, but nothing graphic or gratuitous)
A century has passed since the fall of humanity changed the natural landscape. The oceans are poison, and a fraction of Earth’s magnificent creatures remain. The only surviving humans squabble over limited resources as they cling to a fragile peace. Yet in this bleak landscape hope lives on in Earth’s other intelligent life. It all begins when Septielle, a seven-armed octopod, has a vision of a world restored—a world she will not live to see. Inspired by her vision, a dolphin named Muriel shoulders her mission and enlists any humans who will listen—including Anadare, a young islander with an ax to grind against the oppressive ruling class of tourists turned bureaucrats. An invasion of cannibalistic pirates complicates things as they declare war on a world that rejects them.
As tensions rise to a crescendo, islanders, tourists, and pirates alike must put aside their differences to send Muriel on her greatest journey yet—beyond the sea, beyond form, beyond time itself.
In his first novel, Chris Riker conducts an opus in voce giocoso that grins at the inevitable, but reminds us of the heart that all life shares.
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GUEST POST: How Writing About a Dystopian World Changed my View of Society
In ‘Come the Eventide,’ I talk about how humans miss their chance to stop the fall of society and the near-collapse of all life on Earth. Cheery stuff. I began writing the book three years ago, with a pretty grim outlook. I’d been getting my anxiety out by writing short stories in which I kill off billionaires, through their own mistakes and selfishness. So, ‘Come the Eventide,’ opens in a watery world of octopodes (octopuses) and dolphins, with no sign of humans. I would have left matters there too… but the dolphins changed my mind. Muriel is the eternal optimist. She learns from an octopod named Septielle that small plans can achieve great things and that gets Muriel thinking. Soon, she meets up with small bands of surviving humans, who are doing what humans do: trying to kill each other. Again, cheery stuff. Muriel decides to intervene and try to inspire a peaceful way forward. There’s much more to the book, but the parts I hope people take away are these: small actions matter; selfishness is the enemy of hope; and there is always a solution, even if there’s another problem coming right behind it.
I fought myself to keep from writing a nihilistic future, but also to keep from writing one that offers simple solution to complex problems. The answer is to not quit. Septielle says, “You’re not food while you’re moving.” That’s as good a philosophy as any. I hope it’s something that will inspire… and of course, entertain my readers.
Meet the Author:
Chris Riker is a writer, father, and journalist. He grew up in Rhode Island and now makes his home in Georgia with his wife, Ping. He has always loved books, from science-fiction and fantasy to historical novels and biographies. Building on a background in broadcast news, including a stint at CNN, he is now focused on telling stories with strong characters and moral resonance. His premiere effort blends a love for our beautiful Earth and her myriad life-forms with a sense of wonder at our shared purpose and fate.
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