My new YA mid-apocalyptic sci-fi Girl of Glass is now available in eBook and paperback form!
I love botanical gardens. So much so that I actually had a real need to look up the difference between “botanical” gardens and “botanic” gardens. Just so you know, there isn’t one.
There’s something about the muted heat in the greenhouses and the paths that wind between rows of plants with something new to marvel at every few feet that brings me immense joy. And the rich smell of damp earth mixing with the scent of growing plants in a way that undeniably declares the abundance of life under the domes; it’s better than any perfume.
I’ve visited botanical gardens, bio-domes, and royal gardens all over the world. Not just because they’re pretty. I find them to be hugely inspiring. All that life coming together in a small place, striving for a way to survive in a way you would never see it in nature; the beauty of life severed from the world. It’s astounding. I’ve even seen some flowers that—much like endangered species of animals—are being saved by being raised in gardens. Those endangered plants are what led to the creation of the Domes in Girl of Glass.
The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.
Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.
The world is ending, but instead of burrowing into the ground for safety, the people have turned to glass Domes for protection. With the sun to feed their plants and thick glass to protect them from the dangers of the outside, Nola Kent is forced to watch the apocalypse happening in the world that surrounds her. Like a hothouse flower being kept from a harsh winter, Nola is expected to thrive and bloom regardless of the true condition of the world.
I’ve never thought of it as cruel when it comes to plants. They don’t know that their fellows on the cold side of the glass have been frozen and covered in snow. But lock a human with a strong will and a kind heart inside, and watching the slow death of the world becomes unbearable. Suffering is a terrible thing to watch, even with the security of knowing it can’t hurt you.
A strong girl living in the sunlight, surrounded by beautiful growing things. That was Nola’s reality, until the world dragged her out of it.