ISBN: 9781735601687 (Print)
$14.99 (Print); $9.99 (eBook)
About the Author
MELISSA REDDISH’s stories have appeared in Gargoyle, Raleigh Review, and Grist, among others. She is the author of a collection of stories, My Father is an Angry Storm Cloud (Tailwinds Press), and a novella, Girl & Flame (Conium Books). She lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
The Lives We've Yet to Live
What makes life in a futuristic dystopia unbearable for a teenaged girl? Is it the social chaos created by reincarnation suddenly becoming a disastrous biological reality, the army of corporate contractors out to profit from a system of mandatory euthanasia, or the seamy underworld of criminal organizations that help the rich to evade them—for a price? Or is it the very fact of life itself? As runaway Phoenix journeys across a blighted landscape of sexual predators, urban decay, and post-millennial anomie that is as jarringly familiar as it is alien, dumpy and middle-aged Virgil ambivalently stars in a reality-TV show about his metamorphosis into a dreaded “Enforcer.” In this wickedly transgressive deconstruction of science fiction’s most cherished traditions, Melissa Reddish has created a touching, anarchic anti-parable about mortality, identity, and the fragile bonds that bind us.
Advance Acclaim for The Lives We've Yet to Live
“In this punchy and gritty novel, Reddish takes us on a thrill ride through the underbelly of a dystopian society where man plays God, giving and taking away life. It’s a gripping and poignant reminder of how we choose to live, who we trust and keep close, when the only certainty is a setting sun.”
-- Steve Karas, author of Kinda Sorta American Dream
“A haunting story of a ravaged planet in which people reverse to infancy instead of dying . . . Reddish’s accelerating prose sweeps the reader into questions of how to maintain one’s humanity, and how to define humanity, in this world of menace and uncertainty.”
-- Tara Deal, author of That Night Alive and Palms Are Not Trees After All
“A heart-pounding, earthy dystopia, and Reddish’s high-energy storytelling is breathtaking.”
-- Laura Ellen Scott, author of The Juliet