(The Zero Trilogy #1)
Publication date: October 10th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Elle is a survivor.
Since the collapse of modern society, she’s been living in the remains of downtown Hollywood, California, foraging for food and fighting for her life.
And then everything changes.
After she is forced out of her home, she heads north. What she finds is a group of bunker survivors, unlikely comrades, and the hope of a safe haven. Together, they journey toward the dregs of civilization, facing starvation, imprisonment and death.
They are alone, but they are ready.
Day Zero begins today.
Day Zero is a novella, the first installment in The Zero Trilogy, a novella series complementing the international bestselling Collapse Series.
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The idea for Day Zero came about at the beginning of 2014, around the time I was getting ready to release State of Rebellion, the third book in The Collapse Series. There are so many stories that can be told about supporting characters – especially when a series is ongoing like mine, and continues to add new characters to the plot.
I wrote a rough draft of Day Zero in June, and finished the first copy of the manuscript in August. It was about a three-month process, total, to get the book written. Getting the page count done only took a couple of weeks. What takes time for me, as a writer, is researching, plotting, planning, and double-checking a novel. Writing is the fun part.
As any writer knows, a final draft can be drastically different than the first draft. Oftentimes they aren’t even recognizable. With Day Zero
, it was an exception. The final draft is actually very similar to the first draft. The scenes, the power, the narration is the same. Editing this novel was different than The Collapse Series
, because I was starting with a character who is hardened, who already knows who she is. I get to jump right into it, which made writing the manuscript and setting the tone easier than the first two books of The Collapse Series
, where Cassidy Hart is constantly changing and growing as a protagonist. Elle is very settled in who she is – the challenge of her story is staying alive, and doing so in a city that’s turned into an archaic battleground.