It is a fond memory of reading my first “adult” book. It was the start of a journey that has taken me to different lands and into the minds of different people. It made aware of worlds and often struggles that I would never have seen if not for books.
This passion for consuming also became a passion for creating and sharing. It is with a great deal of pride that I wrote my book The Union. Below is an overview of the story but really it is a book that aims to look at how we treat the less fortunate and how our prejudices come into play.
The book was written before the extreme rise of nationalism that is championed but the likes of Donald Trump and those of the far right. I was shocked to see parts of absolute fiction become reality. This book is about sharing the thoughts that occur in my mind. That questions what we are doing and if we should continue as we are.
The Union – A Book by Byron Gatt
The Union is one story told through three people. It is a story of Hope, Help and Hate. It is the hope of an immigrant population, attacked time and time again. Denying them the life that should be a basic right to all. This story tells of the Help of good people, fighting the fear that controls and poisons a society. From that fear rises hate, manifested in a virus that takes all it means to be human, and destroys a country so lost.
Roderick Pravo is the agent of hope. An immigrant who comes to the Union with the hope we all have; a better life. He fights to uphold the ideals he sees degraded in his home land. This hope is strong even when the rhetoric of hate hangs firmly in the air. It is strong even though he is viewed as less in a land that shouts equality. He and his people are attacked by the virus of hate, their humanity is stripped bare.
Katherine Laurie is the help of good people. In her time as President she moves to make their lives better but is moved further from her position by a hostile political environment. When she is ousted as President she works with the UN to be a champion of immigrant rights. She will always have her country on her back as it escalates further to a fascist ideology of us versus the world. She watches her country implode from the outside, becoming a traitor to her country in an attempt to save its soul.
Charles Terri is hate in the guise of patriotism. He hates the immigrants for taking resources from his people. He has allowed his warped sense of reality to infect his country. The virus is of his doing, it destruction is his planning and its consequence is his terror. A man who is proud of his country and all it means hordes this and attacks the weak.
The Union is a story about a country, and tells the story of its people. They evolve from a caring people who open their arms and close them through the journey. Charles Terri pushes Katherine Laurie out of the Presidency and begins work to weaponise a terrible disease that is meant to kill its victim. Roderick under the pressure of powerful people tries to save the life of his people.
The virus overruns the immigrant population, taking the country and bringing it to an end. A complicated relationship with the rest of the world allows this implosion.
The Union is a story about the strength of hate and hope, in a world where both are coveted. The Union is a story of good people lost. The Union is a story we see through history. The Union is our story to stop.
Thank you for reading and taking the time. It is rare that we are able to touch the dreams of others and that is what you have done by reading about my book. It is a dream that I keep searing for just as I do my next favourite book.
To read a bit more about The Union and learn more about the characters that inhabit the world take a took at them here
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