Forever People

Alison Lyke

Book Cover

GENRE

SCI-FI ADVENTURE SUSPENSE THRILLER

    Core Theme

    DIGITAL AFTERLIFE PARADISE

    TIME PERIOD

    The Future

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    BLACK MIRROR’S “SAN JUNIPERO”, ANNIHILATION, GHOST IN THE SHELL

    CHARACTER LIST

    • CAMILLE: MID 20S. BOUNTY HUNTER, STRONG-WILLED, DARK, SUSPICIOUS OF OTHERS, CYNICAL, SECRETIVE, WITTY.
    • TOY BOWEN: 25. REBEL LEADER, ANTAGONIST, CONFIDENT, ENGAGING, OUTSPOKEN, ASPIRING.
    • CODY PRIOLO: 47. CAMILLE’S BOSS. LOGICAL, COMPLEX, DECISIVE, EDUCATED.

    Logline

    Forever People follows Camille, a salty mercenary, as she fights to keep a group of rebels from destroying the computer system that stores the minds of the dead.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Zeta City (historically New Orleans): people make pilgrimages here to die. The "Node": the digital afterlife.

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Black Rose Writing

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    Welcome to Zeta City, where the whole world goes to die. Here, the Node System uploads the minds of the dying so they can spend eternity in a digital Promised Land. But, this cyber heaven is causing hell on earth for the living.

    Ending Description

    After realizing that Node Points are a lie, Camille teams up with her adversaries and takes down the Points from inside the Node.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity, Substance Abuse

    Plot - Other Elements

    Philosophical Questions, Meaningful Message, Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Quest

    Main Character Details

    Name: Camille Eko

    Age: 25

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Unapologetic, Criminal, Lone Wolf, Sarcastic, Secretive, Empathetic, Funny, Aggressive, Badass, Blunt, Complex

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Toy Bowen

    Age: 25

    Gender: Female

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Confident, Engaging, Outspoken, Aspiring, Charming, Leader, Selfless, Visionary, Beautiful

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Cody Priolo

    Age: 47

    Gender: Male

    Role: Logical

    Key Traits: Patriotic, Secretive, Complex, Decisive, Educated, Insecure, Manipulative, Obedient

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Remington Nakamoto

    Age: 30

    Gender: Male

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Blunt, Educated, Lone Wolf, Sarcastic, Skillful

    Brief

    Welcome to Zeta City, where the whole world goes to die. Here, the "Node System" uploads the minds of the dying, so they can spend eternity in a digital Promised Land - but his cyber heaven is causing hell on Earth for the living: Camille, a skilled mercenary, fights to keep a group of rebels from destroying the computer system that stores the minds of the dead.

    What We Liked

    - High concept science fiction, timely and prescient for our modern preoccupation with death.
    - Characters are unique and realistic.
    - Lead characters are strong females - a bounty hunter and a rebel leader.
    - The world is visually stunning, set in a future New Orleans, so an opportunity for creative
    cinematography.
    - Fascinating moral themes of trust in institutions, and life’s purpose - how much is a life worth?

    Synopsis

    CAMILLE is an embittered bounty hunter of people - she works to hunt down those on the verge of
    dying, and keeps them alive just long enough to pay off their debts or share last words with their loved
    ones. She takes payment both in cash and in Node Points; a currency that people can use in the digital
    afterlife.
    CODY, a middle-aged government worker hires Camille and assigns her a challenging task - she must
    find rebel leader TOY BOWEN and stop her taking a virus into the Node Point afterlife system before
    she dies. Camille catches Toy, but is too late; Toy jumps in front of a train before Camille can stop her.
    Camille meets Cody at the edge of the ‘Net’ - it hovers over most of the world, allowing people to pass
    into the digital afterlife. Once there, Cody reveals his plan: he’ll put Camille into a semi-coma to trick the
    system, she can get through the Net, stop Toy, and then wake up once she's successful. The doctors
    induce the dead-like state, and she enters the Node.
    Once there, an old man named MOSES guides her to her brother who died when he was only eleven
    years old. He had few Node Points, being so young. Camille is surprised to find that her brother has a
    family and seems richer than she could have imagined. He reveals reveals that the entire Points system
    is a lie - there is an infinite amount of resources in the Node, everyone has what they want, no matter
    their Points value. Camille is stunned by this revelation. It helps her see eye-to-eye with Toy when the
    two finally meet.
    Toy wants Camille to reveal the truth about the Node Points to the living world. Before she has time to
    decide, Camille is captured by Moses, who turns out to be one of the original Founders who created the
    Node. He explains that the Founders didn't want people committing suicide en masse to join an afterlife
    of unlimited paradise, so they created the points system. After Camille explains what the living world
    has become, he agrees the truth must be told.
    But in a final betrayal, it turns out Cody does not work for the government at all - he is instructed to
    leave Camille in the afterlife, so the Node system will remain intact. Cody changes sides, in order to
    protect Camille, and is later assassinated by the Founders. He leaves Camille a link for
    communication between life and afterlife, allowing her to reveal the truth to the world.

    About The Author

    Alison Summerhayes Lyke is a novelist, poet and freelance writer. She enjoys writing fantasy, science fiction, and horror stories that captivate and inspire. Alison regularly contributes poetry and short stories to literary magazines. She currently lives in Rochester, New York.