Release Date: December 3rd 2016
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian
~~What is the significance of the Tortoise GO in the novel Dominion? What dimension does he add to the Taylors Character?~~
In Dominion, my heroine, Taylor, has a pet box tortoise named Go. I’ve been asked if there was any special significance to this choice.
By the time we meet Taylor, she’s an adult and has no memory of how she acquired Go. She only knows that she’s had him “years and years.” She remembers her mother doubting she could keep him alive, but that’s all.
Authors often have a lot of backstory about their character that never makes it into the manuscript and Go’s story is one of them. As a very young child, Taylor found the tortoise one afternoon while out with her mother and was enchanted by the way he ducked his head inside his shell and peeked out at her.
She begged her mother to be allowed to keep him, and her mother allowed it because her daughter had so few things in life to bring her joy. I imagined how Taylor’s giggles must have made her smile, but made her heart ache, too, because she heard that sound so infrequently.
Taylor named him “Go” because that’s what she used to say to him when she tried to coax him to come out of his shell to eat the bugs she’d caught for him.
Because of Taylor’s circumstances, a box tortoise is just about the only pet she’d be able to keep, because she could feed him insects and vegetation that wouldn’t deplete her own food resources.
There wasn’t an intentional symbolism, but I suppose Taylor is a bit like a tortoise herself, with a hard “shell” that Dylan struggles to find a way through. She closes herself off from the rest of the world to protect her vulnerable heart.
A generation has passed since the pandemic known only as the Infection ended the world as we know it. In a little town in the Appalachian Mountains, Taylor has known only a harsh and brutal struggle for survival in a land littered with the rusted-out remnants of a lost world. By day, she labors in a coal mine. In the evenings, she tends a secret collection of beehives, and uses the honey to pay for lessons in survival skills, such as hunting, fishing and collecting herbs. Her home is a single room in a crumbling old motel, and her only companion is a pet box tortoise named Go she’s had since she was a child.
When her town is destroyed by a vicious gang of raiders known as the Nine, Taylor escapes with Dylan, the son of the mayor. Their only plan is to head south and escape the Nine’s vast territory, avoiding areas contaminated by meltdowns and industrial pollution where mysterious illnesses plague the residents.
Dylan has never known hunger or hardship and struggles to learn survival skills. He’s never known a woman like Taylor either. He tries to pay her back by teaching her to read and telling her the stories passed down from the world of Before.
They certainly didn’t plan on falling in love. Taylor fights it every step of the way, because in her world, any emotional attachment is dangerous. She’s been taught since childhood that love slows you down, makes you weak. But the feelings growing between them cannot be denied.
Taylor finds herself slowly breaking every one of her hard-learned rules of survival. She discovers that perhaps some of those things she’s always fought to avoid are the very things that make life worth living.
. . . And death shall have no dominion . . .”
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot . . . though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.
She is the author of five other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequels, The Land of the Shadows and Shadows Have Gone, and Under These Restless Skies.
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Hope, love, and the strength of the human spirit are the backbone of this surprisingly uplifting offering from Lissa Bryan. ~ CBL Book Reviews
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