TRADITIONAL GENRE: DYSTOPIAN / POST-APOCALYPTIC / GRIMDARK / GOTHIC / THRILLER
SFF GENRE: SPECULATIVE FUTURES / HACKER
A modern gothic thriller set in a decaying urban environment and lush mutant wilderness.
Solari wasn’t alive when the ozone layer split above Tasmania and spilled radiation over the edge of the stratosphere, but she’s living with the consequences—the mutations, the gangland war, and the border wall that divides the affluent North from the contaminated South. Orphaned and alone in the southern reaches, Solari survives the chaos the only way she knows how: cooking the wildly addictive snowrock for local crime lord, Worcsulakz, and avoiding the mutants that skulk in the lush, untamed wilderness of the Fringes.
But, when her junkie ex-boyfriend puts Solari more firmly in Worcsulakz’s debt, she runs—escaping the promise of violent retribution with a stolen van and a pair of giant wings cleaved from a mutant moth. Grafting the wings to her body disguises Solari as one of Tasmania’s most reviled and hunted, but grants her refuge in the one place Worcsulakz won’t look for her—a mutant enclave.
There, Solari will form an unlikely alliance and commence the dangerous journey through gangland strongholds and carnival towns to get to the Border Wall in the north. Hunted by Worcsulakz, the hidden terrors of the Fringes, the secrets in her family’s past, and the deception at the core of her fragile alliance, Solari will need to confront them all or stay condemned to a life of loneliness and brutality.
This dark, biopunk adventure in a post-apocalyptic world of danger and decay is perfect for readers of dystopian, gothic, and new weird science fiction, and fans of China Mieville, Jeff Vandermeer, Kameron Hurley, and Tamsyn Muir.
Divided Elements series
TRADITIONAL GENRE: DYSTOPIAN / GENETIC ENGINEERING
SFF GENRE: SPECULATIVE FUTURES / HACKER
Once known as Paris, the walled city-state of Otpor is enjoying a new Golden Age.
The horrors of the Singularity and Emancipation forgotten, citizens now revel in a veritable utopia of ubiquitous drugs, alcohol, and entertainment, washed down with full employment, universal healthcare, and affordable housing. All made possible by the Orthodoxy – a new world order where everything is engineered to maximum efficiency, including identities.
From an early age, citizens are aligned and conditioned to one of four neuro-social classes named after the cardinal elements of old: single-minded Fire to enforce, creative Air to entertain, technical Water to engineer, and base Earth to labour.
All four Elements exist in complete equality, fraternity, and liberty. But, not everyone is satisfied with the status quo. Two generations after the Execution of Kane 148 and Otpor’s return to Orthodoxy, the Resistor’s legacy still lingers. Forbidden murals are appearing on crumbling concrete walls to threaten the city’s structured harmony – calling citizens to action. Calling for Resistance.
SMORGASBORG FANTASIA (Book Blogger)
I loved the ideas in the book, no two ways about it. They are original and ambitious – and despite being a debut, the quality of the writing has the assured aplomb of a seasoned writer… Mikhaeyla’s society is convincing and the setting of this post-apocalyptic Paris where drugs, sex and night life spill out into the streets full of Izakaya bars is utterly arresting.
SACHIN DEV (Author of Faith of the Nine)
A book that would appeal to fans of dystopia (Think 1984,George Orwell). Resistance is an utterly thought-provoking and subversive book in this genre – Highly entertaining, poignant and brutal by shades, Divided Elements is an original novel, pushing the boundaries of this genre – and Mikhaeyla is surely a writer to watch out for.
ELLENFLOWER (Amazon Review)
[Resistance] stands out from the crowd and joins the ranks of among the best of the Dystopian genre novels I’ve read over the years (100’s). It’s imaginative without being depressing and left me thinking about what it is that makes us human. I’m tired of reading books that a month or 2 later, I can’t remember much of anything about them. This one won’t be forgotten.