Book: The Disappeared (The New Dawn Book 1) by Valerie J Miklescategories: Book, Post-Apocalyptic, Action Adventure, Aliens, Spaceship, Spaceship Crew, Mental Illness, LGBTQIAA, Science Fiction
Valerie J Miklesabout this book: The dedication for this book says: to all who suffer invisible illness. I mean here both mental and physical illnesses. I struggle with depression. I have friends who suffer depression, anxiety, Chron’s, fibromyalgia… These struggles make us question – not whether our suffering is real; we know it’s real—but whether anyone can understand how real that suffering is.
The lead character in this story, Amanda Gray, suffers schizophrenia. It’s something curable in her time, but having Disappeared from the surface of the planet, she hasn’t had the opportunity to get treatment. She is not without physical injury and illness, either. She’s never quite sure the people she’s reaching to for help are actually there.
Some people tell me that parts of this book are hard to read. My other lead, Corey, is escaping an abusive situation, and she believes that cashing in on the bounty for one of the Disappeared is her surest bet. When she meets Amanda, she has a choice. She’s seeking this bounty in fear, but in Amanda, she sees something of herself. She sees a woman who has suffered too much, and just wants to be free.
There’s a constant theme in my mind when I write: every new dawn is a new chance to make things right. Reach out. Ask for help. Offer help when you can. Things may get bleak, but there is hope for tomorrow.
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