In this "magical, terrifying, and whimsical debut" (Publishers Weekly starred review), a biological disaster reverberates in Ohio Amish country long after the near-extinction of humankind. A young woman must try to save what remains of the human race. "Crafty surprises abound" (Kirkus Reviews) in this end-of-the-world adventure that's "nothing short of a storytelling masterwork." (BlueInk Review in Booklist)
Though raised in a fearful society that reveres tradition and conformity, she’s irreverent, outspoken, and deeply curious. Her congenital blindness sets her even further apart.
Centuries after the Reckoning, a global biotech disaster, savage chimeras still threaten human survival. After Root hears a voice that no one else can hear, she flees into the wilderness. Outcast and hunted, she must confront a dire threat to her people--and unravel the mystery of who she really is.
- Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Winner, Science Fiction Novel (2020)
- Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards: Finalist, Science Fiction Novel (2019)
- Eric Hoffer Award: 1st Runner-Up, Commercial Fiction Novel (2020)
- Eric Hoffer Award: Finalist, Grand Prize (2020)
"[I]mpossible to put down…[S]eamlessly blends elements of science fiction, dystopian fiction, horror, and mystery…[F]ans who enjoy grand, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it narratives, such as Stephen King’s The Stand, Justin Cronin’s Passage trilogy, and Walter M. Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, will find Giesler’s debut nothing short of a storytelling masterwork."
"[R]eaders will be delighted by the fresh, original take of this end-of-the-world saga, and will find The Nothing Within and its progression unexpectedly original, refreshingly revealing, and a standout compared to the usual dystopian exploration."
2020 Eric Hoffer Award for Commercial Fiction: 1st Runner-Up
2020 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize: Finalist
"Clarion Rating: 5 out of 5...In every way, this eye-opening post-apocalyptic tale is a true page-turner…The Nothing Within is a fresh and ingenious take on the post-apocalyptic novel…[A] densely woven futuristic tale that maintains suspense from its first page to its last."
2020 Foreword Indies Award Finalist (Science Fiction)
"Crafty surprises abound in this debut novel…[P]henomenal worldbuilding…An often mesmerizing end-of-the-world adventure."
Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Winner, Science Fiction Novel (2020)