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, ‘Y’ stands for:

Yesteryear: There were one or two things from the past, or our own present that I included in the books to link back to the future dystopia. One of the main ones was literature, or classic books. Gabriella collects these, a reminder that her father used to read them and read them to her. Most literature has been restricted by the State. Another is fine food, particularly real meat from animals, but this has become a delicacy that only the rich and powerful can enjoy. Similarly, I included some things like music, specifically opera, New Year celebrations, cars with steering wheels and a few others. All these things were designed to ground the future world in a bit of relatable reality for the reader. I thought it was important, as most good sci-fi and futuristic stories do, to include details that ground the created world in the real world, and many things, especially books and music, will be with us as long as humans are around.

Next up – Z is for: Zeb and Zhonghua Republic

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

28 responses to “THE STATE TRILOGY A-Z GUIDE: Y”

  1. Man, getting so much nostalgia feelings today near the end of A-Z! Totally unrelated note, finally almost to the end of book 1 and I do not like the thing that happened to the person At All. I really hope they draw up and quarter whoever is responsible. One more A-Z day left. Have a great rest of the week.

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  2. It’s comforting to know books, music, and fine food will still be around in the future.

    Speaking of food… one of my “quests” while I was in Scotland was to taste all the foods mentioned in an article titled, “16 Foods You Must Eat When in Scotland.” I managed to sample 15 of them. (I never found Grouse being served.)

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    • I refuse to believe books will ever disappear! And music and fine food will always exist in some form. I have never had grouse either – I wonder what the other 15 foods were and how many I have actually tasted? Haggis for sure 🙂


      • The 16 foods: Haggis, Neeps and tatties, Scottish salmon, Scott’s porage oats, Full Scottish breakfast, Scottish tablet, Bangers and mash, Sticky toffee pudding, Fish supper, Grouse, Black pudding, Shortbread, Leek and tattie soup, Bacon butty, Battered Mars Bar, Scotch pie.

        I loved haggis with neeps and tatties! And bacon butty…yum! I think all the foods were tasty, except for black pudding (maybe it would taste better at a different restaurant… the one I ate seemed quite dry).

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      • I’ve had/have all of them except grouse and Leek and Tattie soup – and the Battered Mars Bar is a bit of a myth that exists more for the tourists, although I have tried one. The rest are all delicious! 🙂


  3. Yesteryear…I can totally believe how the relics of the past would be valued in a dystopian future – not just nostalgia as we know it but a meaning we, perhaps, can’t understand. Grounding the reader is just a plus.

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