K is for Kindness
Kindness is a key characteristic in almost every apocalyptic book. B@stard characters are also a welcome addition, but if you have a bunch of them trying to survive, you won’t get any reader sympathy and your story is going to fall pretty flat. Kindness can come in a variety of ways, but the most effective way to use it is in kindness to strangers. We’d all like to think that in a life-threatening situation, some random stranger is going to come to our aid rather than rob us of all our gear and leave us to the mercy of the elements.
Kindness between strangers can help build your group/community of survivors, but can also be used to let a rat into the midst. That guy that you helped after you found him shot by the side of the road – was he the victim or the perpetrator of the crime? Can he help or hinder you on your journey or in building your community?
Any good apocalyptic book has a variety of characters – you need some good with the bad, and bad with the good to keep your readers interested and invested, but you can also use them in a variety of ways. If survival was all hugs and singing around the campfire, what’s the point of your book?
Recommended by Me
Breakdown by Katherine Amt Hanna
Published: 24 April 2011
Pages: 423 (paperback)
Read the synopsis and my review HERE