Dark Horizon is the most dystopian sci-fi novel ever published.
Written by acclaimed author Malcolm Gladwell and illustrated by artist Tyler Shields, the story of a woman who discovers the truth about her husband’s death while she is being held captive, the novel is a gripping account of human nature and the power of the human spirit.
“I am a human being with a human story, and Dark Horizon has that kind of human story in it,” said Gladwell.
“It’s the kind of story that you don’t expect to read about and you don of course know is about death and the afterlife and death and everything.
But you never think it is going to happen to you.”
It’s also a tale of self-discovery that has been compared to a novel by James Patterson, who in 2010 won the National Book Award for his book The Man in the High Castle.
“Dark Horizon is very much a novel about the way that a human mind and its capacity to think about death, and what it can and cannot do, and it is a story of survival and the importance of human life and self-preservation,” Gladwell said.
“And you have a very interesting character who is going through the process of being rescued from captivity by a very different kind of man.
And that character is a very, very different man.”
“Dark Horizon” is also the first book to be adapted into an HBO series, and the second novel by the writer of the series The Handmaid’s Tale.
The story centers on a woman named Ethel, who is abducted by the government after her husband dies, and who is held captive by an organization called the Orphanage.
Her captors are called The Guardians, and they are a team of super-powered scientists who are looking for a cure for her condition, as well as to find a cure to a deadly virus that has wiped out half the population of her world.
Ethel and her fellow Orphanages members, including a man named Ty, who she has a crush on, work with the government to uncover the truth behind the death of her husband, and how the government is using her to keep a secret that will doom her and her world to extinction.
“The story was very, almost entirely a story about a woman,” said Shields, who will write and draw the new cover art for the novel.
“The Orphanagers are all really, really, very smart, and really have great ideas about how to solve the problem of a cure and how to use their powers in a way that’s beneficial to humanity.
They are really, truly, really smart.
They know how to get a cure.”
The story is set in an alternate future in which the Orphans have succeeded in controlling the virus and are making use of the virus to survive.
“You are watching this story unfold, in the story, in a very dystopian, very, dark and depressing way, and a lot of the world is already pretty much destroyed,” said Ethel.
“So we are all basically going to die.”
One of the most striking elements of the novel, which has already sold more than 50,000 copies and earned Gladwell a Pulitzer Prize, is its ability to capture the world and its people as a group, in stark and powerful fashion.
The first book, written in 1994, is also considered to be one of the greats of science fiction.
“One of my favorite things about it is how it captures so much about human nature, the human experience,” Gladman said.
For example, the author describes the way in which people are driven by greed, a desire to possess, and an overwhelming sense of entitlement, which are the primary motivators of the Orphans.
In one chapter, Ethel’s family is sold off to the Orpheans for their “humanitarian mission” to find the cure.
“We have to give up all of our human rights, and that’s the way we’re going to survive,” she says in a scene from the book.
“Because you’re going get what you deserve, and you’re not going to get what is best for anyone.”
Ethel and Ty, in particular, have an intense attachment to their own children, who are considered “orphans,” and are essentially their only source of income.
Ty, for instance, has a son named John who is an orphan.
The novel also depicts a world that has already been destroyed, with the destruction of the planet in the end-of-days.
“[It’s] a world where a lot has been destroyed,” Gladness said.
In the novel’s ending, the Orpheus, who have been imprisoned in a prison, are released and the city of Orion is rebuilt.
In another scene, Ty and Ethel are reunited with their sons, who were separated during the war.
“There’s a great sense of loss,” Gladish said