To kick off the New Year, I’m going to share with you some original concept art and the synopsis for my next novel, Democracy Inc. – An American Tragedy. The first draft is complete, and I’m about 80 pages into the final edits. Based on the number of chapters and average length of each chapter so far, I’m estimating the final draft will be about 420 pages long.
Hope you enjoy it and are getting excited about reading more about the future I hinted at in the Eighth Day. I know I’m having a blast building and developing it!
The United States is no more. Free enterprise has devolved into a world ruled by mega-corporations. The ultra-rich govern from their towers in the sky while the lower class toil in the gutters just to survive. An alliance of corporate states works together to maximize profits and keep the masses placated through the Orbis, a virtual realityscape of online entertainment and the only escape from the bleak reality of existence.
Titus Remington is the son of the CEO of Roman Biogenics, but when the alliance convicts his father of treason, a reluctant Titus finds the mantle of leadership thrust into his hands and must prepare himself to govern his corporate state. However, in his quest to uncover the truth that his father sacrificed everything for, he stumbles upon a dark conspiracy of epic proportions. Now Titus must make a choice: take the throne and wear the crown or risk the wrath of the alliance to fulfill his father’s legacy and set things right.
But this isn’t the land of the free and the home of the brave. This is a world without justice or hope, a world steeped in corruption and sin, where morality comes in shades of black and gray. This is Democracy Inc., where a life well-led means nothing when pitted against profit margins and the bottom line, and with the odds stacked against him, Titus may very well lose everything.
Original concept art is copyright Stephanie Shimerdla at www.stephanieshimerdla.com.