This book will take you on a long, dangerous, exciting journey. These characters will stay with you and you will fall so in love with them! I want to read it again, and again, and again! - ImJaclyn reviews
That was an epic read. Pure epic! ... Jessica Redmerski... is an absolutely incredible writer. I fall in love with every book she writes, every character, everything.- Louise Seraphim Reviews
Published: August 28th, 2017
Atticus, struggling to conform to the cruel nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. Thais, fighting to stay out of the hands of men like him. Forced together, they fall in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?
Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.
Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?
1. How did you choose the names of the characters, what is their significance for the stories?
There wasn’t anything special about their names as far as relating to anything in the story – I chose them for their uniqueness.
2. How possible or probable is to happen Everything Under the Sun scenario in a “real” apocalypse?
In my opinion, it’s definitely a more accurate illustration of how the world might look in the event of any apocalypse that doesn’t wipe out the Earth’s resources (like an asteroid, or super volcano eruption, etc.)
3. Taking into the consideration the high manifestation of feminism of our days, why did you choose a “patriarchal” society for your post-apocalyptical story?
Because, unfortunately, the way things are and have been, despite the ‘high manifestation of feminism’ in today’s society, it’s still going to be a long time before women have the power they deserve. In EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN, I wanted to illustrate a post-apocalyptic world in the not-so-distant-future, and, in the event of a societal apocalypse, a patriarchal rule, in my opinion, is still more likely.
4. How important are the secondary characters for a story in general and for Everything Under the Sun in particular?
I personally think secondary characters should be almost as important as primary characters—but equally interesting, that’s for sure. I try to write my secondary characters in a way that makes the reader kind of want to know more about their lives, too. If any character doesn’t serve a real purpose in furthering the story along, it shouldn’t be there at all.
5. What is the biggest “no” in the stories you write?
Detailed sex scenes! I wrote a detailed sex scene in one book, because I was under self-pressure to write what I thought readers wanted. I’ve regretted it ever since. There’s nothing wrong with ‘suggestive’ sex scenes, or sex scenes with very little detail, but the really detailed stuff…well, to avoid offending other authors, let’s just say that it’s not for me.
About the author:
Jessica Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and award winner, who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, she signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have been translated more than twenty languages.
Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. The Portuguese rights to her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, have been picked up by one of Brazil’s largest publishers – Suma de Letras; Paikese Kirjastus in Estonia; Ephesus in Turkey; Konyvmolykepzob in Hungary; Niezwykle in Poland; Bragelonne in France; Ahavot in Israel. The series has been optioned for television in the United States by actor and model William Levy, and a film exclusive to the Dominican Republic.
She also writes as J.A. Redmerski.
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