Your book reminds me of one of my all-time favorite novels, Atlas Shrugged
, except that Ayn Rand was working off an industrial model (which could be seen as "luxury" items) whereas your story is centered on an agricultural basis (and all about survival, actual needs, independence). In fact, Rand's hit me on emotional levels as to man's efforts being stolen from him, but yours is a twofold punch, robbing Matt of his toils plus killing animals and their habitats needlessly, which in turn endangers us and our very world. Even wiping out the wildflowers caused my heart to clench--thinking of the time, the beauty, the bees--which reminds me of a quote:
I'm sometimes asked, "Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?" I answer,"I am working at the roots." George T. Angell, reformer (5 Jun 1823-1909)
Your tale is focused at our very roots.
Best wishes on your book. In my humble opinion, I foresee great things.
From the Author
If you ask someone if they think for themselves, the inevitable response will be, "Yes." But do we? We wave an American flag in this country, but what if we were born and raised elsewhere? Would we be Christians if we grew up in Pakistan?
These questions of free will and independent thought have always intrigued me. With Against the Grain
, I wanted to challenge the status quo. I wanted to create an engaging narrative with a deeper meaning. To do this, I used a public high school as an allegory, with a protagonist that was unfettered by media and government propaganda. This character wasn't guided by culture or religion or the state. The truth was his guide.