In this "magical, terrifying, and whimsical debut" (Publishers Weekly starred review), a biotech plague reverberates in Ohio Amish country long after the near-extinction of humankind. A young woman must try to save what remains of the human race. "Crafty surprises abound" (Kirkus Reviews) in this sci-fi/fantasy adventure that's "nothing short of a storytelling masterwork." (BlueInk Review in Booklist)
Root is...different.Though raised in a fearful society that reveres tradition and conformity, she's irreverent, outspoken, and deeply curious. Her blindness sets her even further apart.
Centuries after the Reckoning, a global biotech disaster, savage chimeras still threaten human survival. After Root hears a voice that no one else can hear, she flees into the wilderness.
Outcast and hunted, she must confront a dire threat to her people--and unravel the mystery of who she really is.
- Winner, Best Science Fiction Novel (2020): Next Generation Indie Book Awards
- Winner, Best Science Fiction Novel (2020): National Indie Excellence Awards
- First Runner Up, Best Commercial Fiction Novel (2020): Eric Hoffer Award
About the Author
In fourth grade, Andy Giesler fell in love with writing. His debut novel, Attack of the Dinosaurs, was seventeen pages long: the heart-pounding tale of Alaskan scientists using nuclear bombs to prospect for gasoline and-as happens all too often-inadvertently waking frozen dinosaurs. He promised himself that, one day, he'd write an even longer book. Many years later while reading bedtime stories to his kids, he fell in love with writing all over again. He decided it was time. Andy has been a library page, dairy science programmer, teacher, technical writer, and healthcare software developer. He's a husband, father, and nonprofit web consultant living in Madison, Wisconsin.
"[I]mpossible to put down...[S]eamlessly blends elements of science fiction, dystopian fiction, horror, and mystery...[F]ans who enjoy grand, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it narratives, such as Stephen King's The Stand, Justin Cronin's Passage trilogy, and Walter M. Miller Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz, will find Giesler's debut nothing short of a storytelling masterwork." -- BlueInk Review (Starred Review)
"In every way, this eye-opening post-apocalyptic tale is a true page-turner...The Nothing Within is a fresh and ingenious take on the post-apocalyptic novel...[A] densely woven futuristic tale that maintains suspense from its first page to its last." -- Foreword Clarion Reviews (★★★★★)
"Crafty surprises abound in this debut novel...[P]henomenal worldbuilding...An often mesmerizing end-of-the-world adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews
"[R]eaders will be delighted by the fresh, original take of this end-of-the-world saga, and will find The Nothing Within and its progression unexpectedly original, refreshingly revealing, and a standout compared to the usual dystopian exploration." -- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review