Each morning, the last humans start their day with graphic footage from the front. This is what sustains them — literally.
In a world where eight billion souls have perished, the survivors huddle together apart, perpetually at war, in the city-states of Rise and Shine. Yet this war, far from representing their doom, is their means of survival. For their leaders have found the key to life when crops, livestock, and the very future have been blighted — a key that turns on each citizen being moved by human suffering. Yet is this small hope, this compassion, enough to sustain them against the despair born of all the friends they’ve lost, all the experiences they’ll never know? Or must they succumb to, or even embrace, darker desires?
Rise & Shine is a tale that speaks to our troubled times, a Kafkaesque fable of hope from the imagination of Miles Franklin nominee Patrick Allington.
Patrick Allington is a writer and editor. His fiction includes the novel Figurehead, which was longlisted for the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award, as well as short stories published in Meanjin, Griffith Review, The Big Issue, and elsewhere. His nonfiction and criticism have also appeared widely. Patrick is a former commissioning editor of the University of Adelaide Press. He has taught politics, communications, writing, and editing, most recently at Flinders University. He lives in the Adelaide foothills with his family.