My A-Z theme this year is a guide to my trilogy of novels called ‘The State Trilogy’. Set in an unnamed island country known only as ‘The State’, in the imagined near future, the books follow the intertwining stories of a number of characters, principally a State police detective named Danny Samson and an assassin, Gabriella Marino, over a period of six years. It begins with the assassination of an elected official and spirals into revolution and civil war. Part political thriller, action story, war story and dystopian science fiction, the trilogy took three years to complete and the books are available to read now – you can find links to purchase them HERE
In The State Trilogy, ‘O’ stands for:
Oppression: At the heart of everything in the State is the oppressed population, the citizens who are controlled by the ruling party under the pretence of being free. The power of political rule, the ongoing First Strike War and the civil war that erupts are all forms of this oppression. The citizens have been oppressed for so long that they no longer possess the will to break or resist it. Even when the rebels rally them to fight back, the vast majority choose not to. Only when the final, full extent of their oppression and the corruption of their leaders becomes apparent, do they manage to break those bonds. The oppression takes place on several levels, from laws which make it illegal to gather in large groups under the guise of the threat of terrorism, to the outlawing of things like alcohol. The control of the media is also used alongside the law, and the restriction on dissent and rival political opposition. It is Danny and Gabriella’s passion to free and protect the citizens from this oppression that they share, and which runs through their actions throughout the books. Phillips also shares their passion, but chooses a different path in trying to free the citizens from it.
All the entries in the A-Z of ‘The State Trilogy’ can be found HERE
The books are available from a wide selection of online retailers, including AMAZON