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Day Zero

Author: Summer Lane
Title: Day Zero
Published On: October 10th 2014
Series: The Zero Trilogy #1
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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Elle is a survivor.

Since the collapse of modern society, she's been living in the remains of downtown Hollywood, California, foraging for food and fighting for her life.
And then everything changes.

After she is forced out of her home, she heads north. What she finds is a group of bunker survivors, unlikely comrades, and the hope of a safe haven. Together, they journey toward the dregs of civilization, facing starvation, imprisonment and death.
They are alone, but they are ready.

Day Zero begins today.

Day Zero is a novella, the first installment in The Zero Trilogy, a novella series complementing the international bestselling Collapse Series.


Santa Monica Pier

Don’t ask me why, but the idea of a post-apocalyptic Santa Monica/Hollywood always fascinated me. From an author’s perspective, the story setting of places like that for a post-apocalyptic environment is very alluring. There are so many potential stories tucked into the buildings and streets of the city. Personally, I found the most interesting part of the city at the Santa Monica Pier.

Looking over the silhouette of the pier against the sunrise years ago, the thought crossed my mind that I should integrate the pier into a novel someday. I finally got my wish in Day Zero. Because Elle’s story begins in West Hollywood and Santa Monica, she is able to visit the Santa Monica Pier.

In order to write realistically about the pier itself, I visited the area. I mapped out step-by-step routes for Elle to take in the city, and I wrote down the names and titles of all of the restaurants and souvenir shops on the pier. I studied Muscle Beach and drove down streets like Moomat Ahiko Way, Ocean Boulevard, Pacific Highway One, and Wilshire Boulevard. Hands-on research is inspiring, and gives authors the tools they need to make their story more believable. I loved every minute of researching for Day Zero, and can’t wait to continue to do so for the rest of the trilogy!


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