In the third instalment of our post apocalyptic adventure, we’re visiting the Drowned World.
The story of Elani is inspired by a simple question: what would happen if the rains started to fall… and never stopped? For the inhabitants of Shelter, every day is a struggle for survival, as they fight for warmth and shelter, and even battle against nature itself as the rampant wildlife steadily encroaches on their home.
To make things worse, the small community of survivors aren’t alone: and at the other end of the valley live the mysterious and powerful druids, people that worship the rain, welcome the relentless creep of nature, and seem to wield strange, destructive powers. In a world without civilisation or technology, erased of its history, the druids show how quickly superstition and fear can work its way back into the hearts of mankind.
If you like Drowned World, it’s worth checking out a few of the post apocalyptic books that inspired its themes and ambience:
- A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr: no other story combines the themes of religion and the Apocalypse as profoundly.
- The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham: for the definitive take on the man versus nature theme.
- The Death of Grass by John Christopher: Drowned World was written in a tree-lined valley on the Welsh border, and The Death of Grass does a beautiful job at capturing the feel of the English countryside.