On this episode of Everything is Canon, Steve talks with author David Arnold (Mosquitoland) all about his brand-new book The Electric Kingdom!
Described as “The 5th Wave in a genre-smashing story of survival, hope, and love amid a ravaged earth” and while that certainly gives you a general idea of what the book is about, The Electric Kingdom goes deeper than that and will appeal to fans of both Science Fiction and the Philosophy genres.
Here’s the summary…
When a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, it leaves a shell of the world that once was. Among the survivors are eighteen-year-old Nico and her dog, on a voyage devised by Nico’s father to find a mythical portal; a young artist named Kit, raised in an old abandoned cinema; and the enigmatic Deliverer, who lives Life after Life in an attempt to put the world back together.
As swarms of infected Flies roam the earth, these few survivors navigate the woods of post-apocalyptic New England, meeting others along the way, each on their own quest to find life and love in a world gone dark.
The Electric Kingdom is a sweeping exploration of art, storytelling, eternal life, and above all, a testament to the notion that even in an exterminated world, one person might find beauty in another.
What David is truly looking to examine here is something only he knows, but from Steve’s point of view he’s looking to suggest that what good is finding the answers if you have no one to share them with. That life is a shared experience and that includes friendship, happiness, and love.
Steve and David talk about his career in music, their shared love of Ted Chiang, and whether or not The Electric Kingdom is a coincidental survival guide, or dire warning.