Author Q&A – Andy Giesler

In my second Author Q&A, I am interviewing Andy Giesler, author of The Nothing Within, a post-apocalyptic science fiction fantasy. I read the book exactly a year ago, and the story is still fresh in my mind.

Please feel free to check out my review of The Nothing Within here.

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What is this book about?

*Centuries after the collapse, a young woman in what was once Amish country tries to save what’s left of humankind—and to discover who she really is.

The first three lines of the book:

My name is Root.

I was seventeen when I first heard the voice no one else could hear. I feared I might have the Nothing within me.

But by the time my village burned me alive in the Pit? By then we were all pretty sure.

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The Nothing Within by Andy Giesler – Review

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The Nothing Within by Andy Geisler – Review

Rating – 4/5

In the year 2161, the rise of the chimera precipitated a catastrophic event (called the Reckoning) that wiped away the human population from the Earth, barring a few people. Generations later, descendants of those survivors are leading a rustic life within walled villages, afraid to go beyond the boundaries due to the fear of the chimeras. Further, they honor traditions and have a deep mistrust for technology.

Young Root, however, is different. Blind daughter of the village guardian, her endless curiosity and impertinence test her fellow villagers’ patience. A tragic event leads her to the wild country beyond the village walls where she learns the truth about her ancestors, and how the world she inhabits has come to this state.

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