PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Three friends struggle to overcome the nearly total degeneration of their environment in the latest book by a Pittsfield native.
David K. Dodd, now of Fish Creek, Wis., has released his third novel, "NOY World: A Futuristic Tale of Devastation and Devolution."
The thriller depicts life following catastrophic climate change, leaving a planet that can barely support life. Gone are culture and government, and time is kept not by clocks and calendars but by the sun and moon.
Relatively few survivors live a stark existence in widely separated villages and are dominated by NOY, the ruling class that controls every detail of their lives. Three friends -- Karina, Roberto and Daniella -- tell the story as they risk moving to separate villages to pursue a better future.
"People, including experts, who contemplate climate change generally focus on only the next several decades and assume that coping with the shifting environment will require sacrifices that are relatively small, perhaps mere inconveniences," Dodd, a former psychologist, said. "Few, however, consider the very long-term consequences of catastrophic change that could potentially wipe out social structure and culture as we know it."
"NOY World" asks readers to consider such a future world and whether curiosity, passion and risk-taking will be sufficient to survive.
Dodd, a 1968 graduate of Pittsfield High School, writes fiction focused on individual potential and the power of family. "NOY World" and Dodd's previous novels, "Star Shooting" and "Star Dawning," are available at Casteel Color Wheel in Pittsfield and through online retailers.
More information about Dodd and his books is available online at DavidKDodd.com.