The Girl of Glass series begins as the world ends. Boy of Blood, the second book in the series, dives further into the decay. Set mid-apocalypse and complete with chemically induced vampires, the future is bleak, and the human race is fighting to survive.
Writing about the end of the world is a very interesting learning experience as an author. For Girl of Glass, the end came with ecological collapse. A lot of the learning experience with the environmental aspect came with researching the practicalities of the situation.
Did you know that the Svalbard Global Seed Vault holds 930,821 varieties of seeds? This super secure vault protects plant life in case of global catastrophe. And that’s not really a thing you think of on a regular basis. Needing seeds to regrow the vegetation of the world usually takes a back seat to making cars run in most apocalyptic tales.
Also, utilizing space within greenhouses should it become impossible to grow food outside. There are tons of different methods from vertical growing to open root systems, but my favorite is aquaponics. Picture this: a bed of vegetables with their roots dangling into a tank of fish. The fish waste feeds the plants, the plants give air to the fish. Two food sources in one place. How cool is that?!
At this point, you probably think Boy of Blood is a how to book on gardening. I promise it’s not.
There were other things I learned as an author that had nothing do with plants.
The biggest question became what is more important: humans or humanity?
The vampires changed themselves at the most basic level to survive. Choosing darkness and blood over illness and death. They can no longer truly be considered human.
The others who found a path to survival locked themselves in glass domes, building layers of protection to insulate against the destruction of the outside world. But in protecting themselves, they turned their backs on the suffering of those around them. They’ve given up empathy to save themselves.
So who is in the right? The ones who are genetically human, or the ones who still live amongst their dying fellows as a part of the outside world?
I don’t know if there is one right answer.
Blood sucking or isolation?
Sunlight or strength?
Watching the suffering or walking through it?
Answering those questions for myself—as I discovered the choices of characters within the Girl of Glass series—was definitely the biggest learning experience of the whole process. It made me question my priorities when considering my health, the way I look at those in need, and even planning for my future.
I know what my answer is, but what would yours be?
How would you choose to fight for survival at the end of the world?