“To be honest, Clovia reminds me of myself at that age. Her naiveté and blind devotion to duty—contrasted with the wisdom, doubts, and duplicity of her elders—is perfectly believable to me. I remember at 23 being oddly numb to the possibility, though theoretical, of being killed in the line of duty. I don’t think I was alone in that. There’s something about that age range, especially if you’re single, where you don’t quite understand what you will be missing if you get killed right now. You can’t see or imagine the future, so I guess it’s hard to mourn what you don’t feel you have in the first place. And the women in their 30s have gone past that stage and lived just enough longer to ‘see over the hill’ that you can’t see past at 23. I also identify with being the naïve person among others more cynical or wise. Clovia also reminds me of Sara [in I and You]: a true believer among others who are less ‘devoted’. The malicious god masquerading as a ‘benevolent’ father rings my bell too.
“I like how the resistance is not painted with pure white robes. Many ‘freedom fighters’ tend to be just as bad as the oppressive regime they are trying to bring down. The observation that most people don’t truly believe much of anything is also spot on, especially in terms of religion. Most people are just ‘go along to get along’. Clovia is an exception.”
—Beverly Garside, author of I and You
“I am excited and intrigued to be a part of this project! It reminded me of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.”
—Aimee Rose Reed
Speaking of The Handmaid’s Tale . . .