D is for Drought
This is a toughie – droughts tend to be caused by an apocalyptic event, not to be considered as the apocalyptic event itself. But on its own it definitely has some merits.
Scenario: Ever thought about how much we REALLY rely on water? Not for just filling the bathtub to the brim, washing our clothes and drinking, but how about growing food, growing trees to oxygenate the air, keeping all the dirt turning to dust? A localized or worldwide drought would be devastating to human populations within a relatively short space of time – and those melting icecaps won’t help because it’s sea water. Mass desalinization on a scale to hydrate the whole world is a big ask….
Characters: Any survival-type characters, families (pulling on heart strings using children is an easy option). Romance will be difficult (you’d really hug someone who hadn’t showered in weeks? Well, maybe…), government conspiracy a big ask. You could also consider unlikely heroes – it’s not like they need any special skills (or a water diviner, great if clichéd idea!), maybe fighting off gangs, but this is a great average-Joe choice.
Location: If it’s a localized drought you have the inevitable problem of people simply moving away. But what about if it’s a country with no or limited land borders – would the rest of the world leave them to their own devices and refuse to take refugees?
If it’s a worldwide drought your choices are endless. Any city or country location would work because the implications are the same. If you want a whole lot of baddies and raiders you might choose a city location to begin with, and then maybe move to a country location.
Series or stand-alone? This scenario would work well as a series – after all, a worldwide drought wouldn’t exactly be resolved by a few fire hoses or a good rain shower. As a stand-alone you’re going to be pretty limited in your choice of ending to the story – it could possibly work to have a stand-alone set a good period of time after the drought started.
Recommended by me
Things We Didn't See Coming by Steven Amsterdam
Published: March 2009
Pages: 208 (paperback)
For synopsis and my review click HERE
Please note, this book is not primarily set during a drought, but there is one in part of the book!
On My TBR
The Drought by J.G. Ballard
Pages: 240 (paperback)
Originally published as The Burning World