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~Released: August 2nd, 2015
~Publisher: Booktrope Editions
~Length: 310 Pages
Living after the apocalypse really isn’t that hard for most of the survivors. The virus killed all but 1 in 10,000. The few remaining people are left in a world of virtually unlimited resources. Grocery stores overflowing with food and drink. Thousands of empty houses to pick from.
But one survivor, a nineteen-year-old girl, requires more than simple food, water and shelter. As a type 1 diabetic her body desperately needs insulin to stay alive. With civilization gone, no one manufactures it anymore. She hoards all the insulin she can find, but every day marches toward the end of her stash of vials. She has a choice. Accept her fate and death, or tackle the almost insurmountable task of extracting and refining the insulin herself.
Brilliant scientists struggled to make the first insulin. What hope does a high school dropout have?
Travis Norwood lives in Montgomery, Alabama with his wife and five children. Like Sugar, he would be perfectly happy living in a world emptied of almost all people. But not you, of course. He sincerely hopes you survive the apocalypse.
by Travis Norwood
If Sugar Scars was made into a movie and you could cast anyone you liked, who would you choose and why?
Also, please share a brief history/bio on each of the main characters from Sugar Scars with us.
She doesn’t tell the reader her name, because she hates it and wants to pick a new one. Both her parents died when she was six and she lived in foster homes until she was eighteen. She never stayed in any one home for too long. She’s an extreme introvert and never made a real connection with any of the families. She just longs to be alone.
When she was eight, she found out that she was a type 1 diabetic. Her life revolved around taking insulin and carefully regulating her blood sugar to keep herself alive.
She dropped out of high school and lived on her own with money from a dead-end job and a small trust fund from her parents.
Even though she hates school, she’s brilliant mathematically. She thinks of everything in numbers and has an almost savant-like ability to do math in her head.
When the virus strikes and kill most of the population, she isn’t glad for the deaths, but is well able to handle the new life of isolation. She even enjoys it.
Until she realizes that the insulin won’t last.
I decided while writing that my pick would be Jennifer Lawrence for the main character. In The Hunger Games she convincingly played Katniss as she moved from an innocent young girl to a woman who has to do terrible things to survive. She’s 25 now, but I think she could still play a 19-year-old for a few years to come.
An old woman who doesn’t understand why God killed so many and left her alive. Her husband died a few years ago and the loss devastated her. She thought losing everyone she knew in the virus would be unbearable. But the loss is so complete that she feels like she is the one who died. Now she just wants to help the few who are left and get the world started again. And that means getting young people like Kyle and that strange girl who won’t tell anyone her name together to start repopulating the earth.
Edith is an older woman that befriends the main character. For her, I would go with Helen Mirren. She has to have a tough resilience, but with a comedic edge. Edith helps bring light-hearted moments to a fairly dark story and Helen Mirren has done this well.
He is also an older character, a man who survived the virus but has alzheimer’s. For him, I pictured Robert Duvall. It has to be an actor who can show Sam’s long-earned skill as pilot, but can still convincingly play a man whose mind is riddled by the ravages of the disease. That’s hard to do.
Another survivor of the virus, who loves being with people so much that he almost wishes he didn’t survive. He had family, friends and a woman he loved.
He’s strong and loves to work with his hands. He did construction for a while and then took a job a Home Depot. Even after the virus wiped out all but a few, he still goes back to the bright orange building to help those left alive gather any supplies that they need. It’s the best way to find the love and companionship he desperately needs.
A lot of books are hard to translate to film, but because of its fast pace I think Sugar Scars would be a great movie. I’m hoping these words are prophetic.
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