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The Raft
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The Raft
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“The day every person on earth lost his and her memory was not a day at all. In people's minds there was no actual event. . . and thus it could be followed by no period of shock or mourning. There could be no catharsis. Everyone was simply reset to zero."
On Day Zero, the collapse of civilization was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. A mysterious and oppressive movement rose to power in the aftermath, forcing people into isolated communes run like regimes. Kayle Jenner finds himself trapped on a remote beach, and all that remains of his life before is the vague and haunting vision of his son. . .
Kayle finally escapes, only to find a broken world being put back together in strange ways. As more memories from his past life begin returning, the people he meets wandering the face of a scorched earth—some reluctant allies, others dangerous enemies—begin to paint a terrifying picture. In his relentless search for his son, Kayle will discover more than just his lost past. He will discover the truth behind Day Zero—a truth that makes both fools and gods of men.
Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

“The day every person on earth lost his and her memory was not a day at all. In people's minds there was no actual event. . . and thus it could be followed by no period of shock or mourning. There could be no catharsis. Everyone was simply reset to zero."
On Day Zero, the collapse of civilization was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. A mysterious and oppressive movement rose to power in the aftermath, forcing people into isolated communes run like regimes. Kayle Jenner finds himself trapped on a remote beach, and all that remains of his life before is the vague and haunting vision of his son. . .
Kayle finally escapes, only to find a broken world being put back together in strange ways. As more memories from his past life begin returning, the people he meets wandering the face of a scorched earth—some reluctant allies, others dangerous enemies—begin to paint a terrifying picture. In his relentless search for his son, Kayle will discover more than just his lost past. He will discover the truth behind Day Zero—a truth that makes both fools and gods of men.
Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

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  • Fred Strydom studied Film and Media at the University of Cape Town. He has taught English in South Korea and has published a number of short stories. He currently works as a television writer and producer in Johannesburg, where he lives with his wife, three dogs, cat and horse.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from March 14, 2016
    Strydom’s debut subverts postapocalyptic fiction with a scathing parable of pain and paranoia. Readers will slowly piece together the origin of an apocalyptic upheaval by experiencing it through equally confounded characters. Humans inexplicably lose their memories on Day Zero and awaken to enslavement in isolated communities controlled by the Orwellian Renascence. Kayle Jenner escapes and searches for his son, Andy. In a wasteland of violence, as he struggles to recover his memory and family, he stumbles upon a revelation with shattering implications. Strydom reinvigorates the genre with a suspenseful concept and intimately realized characters. Shrouding the origins of the catastrophe in lost memories, this sucker punch of a novel exchanges the traditional Sturm und Drang of apocalypse theatrics for internal action that’s even more shocking and seductive, leaving readers with a great deal to think about.

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from May 15, 2016

    In one moment on Day Zero, the memories of every person on Earth were wiped away; since no one recalled how the world worked, civilization collapsed on itself. Yet, a movement rises from the rubble, one that gathers people into distant collectives, in which they are monitored by mysterious groups. On a remote beach Kayle Jenner survives, but his sleeping and waking moments are haunted by flashes of his son. Kayle finally escapes from his collective, frantically searching for the one piece of his past he believes still exists. Traveling devastated lands that are being put back together like ill-fitting puzzle pieces, Kayle learns more about what happened on Day Zero and afterward. VERDICT This eerie debut about one man's search for truth, even though what he finds may hurt more than it heals, features a protagonist with raw emotions and a strong voice, carrying what could be a convoluted plot to an unforgettable ending.--KC

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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