Hello, my name is Devin Sloane and I'm a student in the University of Montana's Creative Writing program. Just to give a quick background before I describe Angarin, I started writing in high school and have continued for several years now. I have written mostly short stories, several of which have gotten me accepted in the University of Montana's highly esteemed creative writing classes, including an honors Kitteridge Writer course. I have learned under esteemed writers such as Debra Magpie Earling, Robert Stubblefield, Rick Bass and Thomas Russell.
The Angarin Trilogy is very close to my heart and has been my pet project for several years now. While I've always toyed with the idea of a full-length novel, I haven't had the time or funding to really set out and finish such a demanding and ambitious piece. I'm hoping to change that with this fundraiser.
To Zack, the city of Angarin is the entire world. He cannot see anything beyond the giant walls circling the city that protect him and the other citizens of Angarin from the deadly plague that ravaged the world outside. All he knows is the sector of Angarin he grew up in and the awe-inspiring Arx, the tower in the center of Angarin looking out over all five sectors. When a group of young rebels introduce the idea of a world outside of Angarin, a world of freedom from the oppressive lifestyle that the Arx forces upon it's people, Zack's world is shattered. Forced out of his home and the life he knew, Zack must decide for himself whether freedom is worth fighting for.
Angarin is inspired by such novels as George Orwell's 1984 and Lois Lowry's The Giver. I believe in this story and I hope that you will too. All rewards offered for this project will be delivered as close to the publishing date as possible or prior to that date where applicable. If there are any questions about the state of the project, rewards or anything else, feel free to contact me at AngarinTrilogy@yahoo.com. If you want to be involved in the ever growing Angarin community, check out the Facebook group "Bring Angarin to Life" or friend me on Facebook and let me know you are an Angarin fan. Thank you for all your support and I look forward to showing you Angarin: The Escape when it is released.
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NOTE ABOUT REWARDS: All rewards going to international backers will revert to e-book form where applicable. Sorry for any inconvenience.
UPDATE: The first look at Angarin: The Escape is now ready and available for PDF download! If you would like it in another format, don't like the idea of downloading files from scary websites or would just desperately like me to personally deliver the preview to you, email me at AngarinTrilogy@yahoo.com. Otherwise, click here!
UPDATE 2: The $50 reward tier will now also net you a special shout out at the end of the book. ALSO, if you can get just five other people to back this project, make sure they drop your name on the final survey and you will receive an automatic bump up to the $100 reward tier. First three people to get five backers will also get a character in the book named after them. Good luck!
Trailer - Devin "Katosepe" Sloane
Font - Pathriick "Abouth-Randy-OrtOn" Ramiirez
Music - Yurgent File - The Black Morning
What makes Angarin: The Escape different from all the other dystopian science fiction stories out now?
This is a great question. Many dystopian science fiction stories focus on a character who decides for themselves that their government should not control them any longer. They then speak out and get followers and take down their governments or they don't. This story has been shown in V for Vendetta, The Hunger Games, 1984, The Giver, etc. Angarin is not that story. Yes, it contains an oppressive government. Yes, it's about a rebellion against this government. The difference is in Zack, the main character. Zack is not that character. Through a series of events, Zack will find himself in the middle of this conflict but isn't sure he truly believes in the cause. Without spoiling anything, he doesn't like what the Arx has done but that doesn't mean he wants to escape Angarin either, something that he has been told his entire life will kill him. Angarin: The Escape will focus on this inner struggle as much as the external one. As the series continues, Angarin will steer even farther away from the current formula for dystopian science fiction.
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