It’s been almost exactly a year since I last discussed The Apocalypse Seven in this space. With everything else that’s happened since—from Immortal: Last Call to the Tandemstar series launch and the relaunch of all my print editions—it would be understandable if you’ve lost track of what to expect next from my corner of the publishing world.
I wrote The Apocalypse Seven back in May of 2019, but since I sold the rights to a publisher (JJA/HMH) instead of publishing it myself, it’s been following a far different schedule on the way to the public.
The publication date for TA7 is May 25, 2021. As I write this, that’s a little more than seven months away. Early listing of the title started showing up online (Amazon, etc.) about six weeks ago, and advance review copies (ARCs) will start going out shortly. The reason I haven’t mentioned any of that before now was that I was waiting for the cover.
Now the cover is here, and it’s pretty fantastic.
Here’s the short description:
For fans of The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig comes an apocalypse story like no other. Seven strangers wake to find they are the only humans left alive. But they are not alone.
From a teenage delinquent to an MIT scientist, seven strangers with little in common wake one morning outside of Boston to discover they are the last humans alive. First they slowly find their way together across a wildly overgrown Massachusetts, tangling with packs of wild pigs and coywolves, with little food or information. As they try to build a new community with limited resources, all the while wondering how they slept through the end of the world, they begin to feel that something is stalking them . . .
And here’s the back cover copy from the ARC:
This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a whatever.
The whateverpocalypse. That’s what Touré, a twentysomething Cambridge coder, calls it after waking up one morning to find himself seemingly the only person left in the city. Once he finds Robbie and Carol, two equally disoriented Harvard freshmen, he realizes he isn’t alone, but the name sticks: Whateverpocalypse.
But it doesn’t explain where everyone went. It doesn’t explain how the city became overgrown with vegetation in the space of a night. Or how wild animals with no fear of humans came to roam the streets. Add freakish weather to the mix, swings of temperature that spawn tornadoes one minute and snowstorms the next, and it seems things can’t get much weirder. Yet even as a handful of new survivors appear — Paul, a preacher as quick with a gun as a Bible verse; Win, a young professional with a horse and a bow; Bethany, a thirteen-year-old juvenile delinquent; and Ananda, an MIT astrophysics adjunct — life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, gets stranger and stranger.
The self-styled Apocalypse Seven are tired of questions with no answers. Tired of being hunted by things seen and unseen. Now, armed with curiosity, desperation, a shotgun, and a bow, they become the hunters. And that’s when things truly get weird.
You can preorder your copy of The Apocalypse Seven right now!
There will be MUCH more to come about this title in the next seven months, so stay tuned!
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