Guest post by Nick Wilford
Salkeson: Hello, Your Lordship. I know you’re constantly busy making sure everything is running smoothly in this glorious nation of ours, so thanks for taking the time to talk to me.
Histender: No problem. Let’s get on with it.
Salkeson: First, let’s go through a typical day in the life for the ruler of Harmonia. What does it involve?
Histender: Well Jeremy, I typically start by going through the reports from industry – hovercar manufacture, the food production business, the schools. Of course that last one is the most important industry of all, because the education system is honing the leaders of tomorrow. I’m hoping to retire in a few years, and the very best are handpicked to join the government and possibly rise through the ranks to take over my position. So all you youngsters reading this, keep putting in 110%!
Salkeson: So these reports are very important, then?
Histender: Naturally. I expect everything to be running at top capacity, and if it’s not, I order one of my aides to launch an investigation.
Salkeson: I see. So what would be next on your agenda?
Histender: Well, then there’s the reports from the Centre – where we keep those individuals who have been shown themselves to be less than loyal to our glorious administration.
Salkeson: And is there usually any change there?
Histender: No, never. Just a reminder to all those youngsters listening – it’s best not to step out of line!
Salkeson: Very wise words, Your Lordship. And what comes after that?
Histender: Lunch, of course. It’s very important to keep my strength up when running a country such as this. I have a three-course menu, which I take in my office – oh, I’m sorry, my alert’s just gone off. Lunch is served in ten minutes. You didn’t time this interview very well, did you?
Salkeson: It would seem not, Your Lordship. And with that, he was off. So what have we learnt from this interview? Well, mainly, when it comes to running a country, lunch is a central concern!
In Whitopolis, a gleamingly white city of the future where illness has been eradicated, shock waves run through the populace when a bedraggled, dirt-stricken boy materialises in the main street. Led by government propaganda, most citizens shun him as a demon, except for Wellesbury Noon – a high school student the same age as the boy.
Upon befriending the boy, Wellesbury feels a connection that he can’t explain – as well as discovering that his new friend comes from a land that is stricken by disease and only has two weeks to live. Why do he and a girl named Ezmerelda Dontible appear to be the only ones who want to help?
As they dig deeper, everything they know is turned on its head – and a race to save one boy becomes a struggle to redeem humanity.
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