Title: We the People: Inalienable
Author: Christopher Scott Wagoner
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Saga
Length: 277 pages
Release Date: July 1, 2015
This is bloody awesome!! I was gripped from the start and can't wait for MORE. ~ Orchard Book club (UK)
Morticia Thane has a problem. It's not the fact that she has no memories before two years ago, or even the fact that she can't die. Thane has been abducted by a top secret military unit, whisked away to a hidden facility in the desert by the stalwart but ruthless Captain Bast.
Thane meets a group of misfits like herself, and discover that they're not mere prisoners but the last line of defense against a threat from beyond the stars. Can Thane and the others find a way to win? Or will the human race become extinct at the hands of an alien virus?
AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS
Chris Wagoner was jettisoned from his doomed home planet as an infant and crash landed in a field in the Midwest. He was taken in by a kindly couple and now lives to fight for truth, justice, and the American way! Sometimes he finds a free moment to pen novels like We the People.
We the People is an action adventure story with a sci fi theme, but I’d like to think it transcends those labels. Traditionally, People who are different tend to suffer in our country. Anyone who thinks we’re living in a post racial America needs only look to Ferguson or Baltimore.
Which begs the question, is our country even worth saving? We the People answers ‘yes’. It is not a blind yes, however. Characters in the novel freely speak of the many downsides to modern American life. I think something that everyone can agree on, whether they vote red or blue or independent, is that we all need to fight for the country that COULD or even should be instead of the reality. The State of the Union is as it always has been; A work in progress. We may not have it right yet, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying.
A lot of writers get the question, quite frequently, ‘where do you come up with the ideas for your novels?’ The answer would be pretty much everywhere.
My early novels, the first of which I penned at the age of twelve, were rife with clichés and one dimensional characters. I also had a distinct lack of understanding of how copyright laws worked, and my books featured trademarked characters. These days I could slap a ‘fan fiction’ label on them and show them off, but back in the day there was only one word for that; Plagarism!
Gradually I began to recognize the traits in characters I loved that made me love them, and I distilled those essences into my own creations. Thane came about because I was watching a zombie show—you know which one—and the protagonists were just blasting the things to smithereens. I thought “it must be hard to be a zombie” and something clicked. I knew I had a main character for my novel.
Zombie leads are rare, but not unheard of. Since living dead characters often face off against murky mystical forces I thought it might be fun to have an adversary with a science fiction background. As Thane grapples with the same issues many teens deal with—a search for identity, burgeoning sexuality—she evolves into a more complete character. It’s that evolution of self that goes hand in hand with American values, as we’re always striving to be a little better than we were yesterday.