Title: End of Day
Series: The Zero Trilogy #3
Author: Summer Lane
Publication date: October 9, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult
The end has come.
Elle Costas and her dog, Bravo, have survived the dangers
of Hollywood and escaped the clutches of Slaver Territory.
The apocalypse has been cruel, and the wasteland of
California has forced them to seek shelter in a civilian
refugee camp at a place called Bear Mountain.
Here, they meet Cheng, a mysterious boy with the skills
of a samurai, and Luli, a steampunk warrior with a thirst for
vengeance. But friends cannot always be trusted. When a
horrific tragedy befalls Bear Mountain, Elle and Bravo come
face to face with their most dangerous enemy yet.
Betrayal and heartbreak threaten to destroy the bonds of
friendship. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Run, or be caught.
Kill, or be killed.
Fight, or be forced to surrender.
The end of the day will change everything.
Will Elle and Bravo survive?
The explosive, thrilling conclusion to the #1
Bestselling Zero Trilogy by Summer Lane.
Girl and Dog Versus the World
Interestingly, the most popular character of all of my books and stories has been Bravo, the German Shepherd bomb dog from The Zero Trilogy. His undying love and loyalty to fifteen-year-old Elle Costas is a wonderful example of true friendship. I think everyone loves dogs – or at least, they should! – and Bravo embodies the selfless nature of an animal.
When I was creating the character of Bravo, I knew exactly who he was going to be and what he was going to be like. There was no question. Bravo has been a friend to me just as he has been a friend to Elle.
Many people have commented on the dialogue between hardened Elle and Bravo. Is Elle imagining that the dog is talking? Is the dog actually talking? The answer is that I look into the eyes of dogs and cats all the time, and the more time you spend with them, the more you can read their thoughts – just like people!
The dialogue between girl and dog came about naturally. I wanted to write about the dog as the real presence that he was. I didn’t want the narrative to be childish, because this story is about the raw, gritty battle for day-to-day survival. Bravo’s voice emerged from the story in a truly organic way. His voice is uniquely his own. His bond with Elle is so special. I love that Elle’s best friend and real love is a dog, because what could possibly be more wonderful than that?
About the Author
Summer Lane is the #1 Bestselling author of The Collapse Series and the compelling tie-in novella books of The Zero Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Bravo Saga (releasing March 2016). She is also the author of Collapse: The Illustrated Guide, a #1 Bestselling graphic companion to her phenomenal original series.
She is the owner of WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine. Summer is also an accomplished journalist and creative writing teacher.
Summer lives in the Central Valley of California, where she spends her days writing, teaching, and writing some more. When she is not writing, she enjoys leisurely visits with friends at coffee shops, movie dates, reading and spending the day at the beach or mountains.