Hello! It’s great to be over at CtrlAltBooks as part of my blog tour. Today, the MC of my book, Wellesbury, is going to show you around his hometown.
Hi! I’m Wellesbury Noon, but you can call me Welles. I’ve been asked to give you a short tour around my hometown of Whitopolis, capital of Harmonia. It’s just a typical city of the 27th century. Well, I say typical; I don’t actually know any others.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the place is very white. And gleaming. You’ll get used to the glare in a minute, I’m sure. The government go to great lengths to keep it clean, you can’t fault them on that front.
We’ll start off at my house. Yep, white of course, but there’s a bit of chrome in there to break it up too. Not much to mark it out from the other houses on the street though. Let’s go in. It’s the weekend, so my parents are off work. Not much for them to do, so they’re watching TV, though occasionally they’ll go to the Recreation Centre. We’ll get to that in a minute. Say hello to my mum and dad. Okay, they’re not the chattiest. This is the kitchen, we’ve got a nice food dispenser. We get breakfast at nine on the weekends, but it’s a bit earlier during the week – then lunch at one and dinner at seven. We can ask for snacks at other times though. It’s nice stuff, I’m not complaining about it, but it can get a bit samey at times. Okay, so there’s the living room, very comfy couches – yeah, white of course. Come on, let’s head out. There’s a lot more to see.
About a five minute walk and we’re at the Recreation Zone. Yeah, that big box thing. Impressive, isn’t it? Kind of a social hub, you normally see people you know. There’s loads of different levels, you can play pretty much any sport you want here – including telepathic tennis and homing darts – but I normally come to use the gym, and play gravball, of course. I’m the captain of the school gravball team, and honestly, when I’m running along that ceiling towards the opponents’ goal is when I feel freest. It’s a great game, you get over the dizziness when you’ve been at it a while.
Let’s head to my other main hangout, but one I don’t enjoy as much – Magnificence High School. Okay, it’s not really a hangout by choice, you know, I have to go. I don’t know if it lives up to its name, but some people would say so. I go to class with some of my gravball teammates – Hedgeson, Finnister, Salvo… they’re a good bunch, but I don’t know if they think about stuff in the same way I do. School and gravball, that’s pretty much it. Of course, everyone’s guaranteed to pass their exams at the end of it all, regardless of how well they do – you might think it wouldn’t be worth studying then, but they keep track of all the hours you log studying. They like you to put in the time, and that’s what could make the difference between a good job and something inferior. Come on, let’s go.
Where else? Well you’ve got the Town Square right in the middle of the city of course, though actually it’s a rectangle. Those white statues are the Reformers, the guys who created this whole thing 500 years ago. Our glorious founders. Well, that’s what they call them. Me and my friends hang out here sometimes, though there’s not usually much to do. They do have a funfair every summer for a couple of weeks. The rollercoaster’s good. The height of excitement in a place like this.
Heading out from the Square you’ve got Perfect Avenue, the main shopping drag, though with the prices it’s really for those with the higher-end jobs. Pick up the latest fashions and furnishings for the home – all white, of course. The wedding dress shop does great business.
Well, that’s about it. Whitopolis – it’s a white kind of town. Very clean, you can’t take that away. Would you like to live here?
Title: Black & White
Black & White #1
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: YA dystopian
Series #: 1 of 3
Release date: 18th September 2017
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing
What is the price paid for the creation of a perfect society?
In Whitopolis, a gleamingly white city of the future where illness has been eradicated, shock waves run through the populace when a bedraggled, dirt-stricken boy materialises in the main street. Led by government propaganda, most citizens shun him as a demon, except for Wellesbury Noon – a high school student the same age as the boy.
Upon befriending the boy, Wellesbury feels a connection that he can’t explain – as well as discovering that his new friend comes from a land that is stricken by disease and only has two weeks to live. Why do he and a girl named Ezmerelda Dontible appear to be the only ones who want to help?
As they dig deeper, everything they know is turned on its head – and a race to save one boy becomes a struggle to redeem humanity.
About the Author:
Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those early morning times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon.
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