E.T. Gunnarsson is an 18-year-old post-apocalyptic thriller author who suffers from dysgraphia and cannot write by hand easily. He grew up on a horse-rescue ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He is a home/ online schooler and will soon pursue college online.

He is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a brown belt in Judo, and trained with the Judo and Grecco-Roman Wrestling Olympic teams at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Knowledgeable in Norse mythology and religion (he writes in Futhark!), he manages an online community for Norse pagans. Forgive Us is his first book. Abandon Us, the prequel to Forgive Us, is scheduled for release early 2022.

Audiobook Narrator Craig Bowles is a graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he gained a BA in Acting. His talents are focused on the creation of audiobooks and other voice work. He likes nothing better than getting totally immersed in a great story. The winning combination of superb acting skills and a love of literature, allows him to create high quality audiobooks with his rich, silvery, properly British voice. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

In this post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller set nearly 100 years into the future, the earth has been decimated by pollution and civilization has fallen into ruin. The war between nature and humanity has no winner. Humanity’s drive for energy and technology was its downfall. In this polluted world, survivors fight on and endure the world destroyed by their ancestors. From what was left, they will rebuild and struggle to make a better place for their descendants.

Three time periods, four characters, each fighting for their future:

  • 2099: Oliver, a lone rider bearing the scars of the old world, flees east into the untamed lands beyond the Rocky Mountains. He spearheads the frontier and carries the burden of civilization into the new world, destined to rebuild from the ruins. He has to survive the wasteland where the earth is toxic, and the very air itself is a corrosive poison.
  • 2154: London, a veteran of the wasteland, shields his adopted daughter Rose from an unforgiving world. They live in a new age that’ll soon draw them into the bitter feuds between fledgling nations. London will sacrifice anything for Rose. Unbeknownst to London, they are about to be drawn right into the scourge of war.
  • 2185: Simon, a man born and raised on the great Arcadis space station, faces suppressive pressure from The Peacekeepers and The Leaders. Ever the tinkerer, Simon needs to be careful as he breaks the authoritarian rules in the world he has to live in.

Together they may be the last hope for humanity.

A compelling and action-packed novel where nothing less than humanity is at stake. For those who have read The Gunslinger and Mad Max, Forgive Us presents a similar ride that spans three generations of a destroyed earth.

TALKING POINTS AND TIMELY TIE-INS

  • Forgive Us opens a discussion of humanity’s impact on the planet and about pollution. It suggests that global warming, cooling, or climate change, in general, are not the biggest dangers to the planet, but rather human waste and consumption. Timeliness: Earth Day is April 22.
  • For fans of post-apocalyptic video games, Forgive Us brings a unique literary approach to the death of civilization and life in a wasteland.
  • E.T. started this book when he was 16. What’s it like to be a teen author? Did homeschooling, online high school, and a learning disability play any part in his decision to write this book? Timeliness: April is Stress Awareness Month 
  • E.T. can discuss how Forgive Us:
    • shows the adaptability and fortitude of humanity as a whole.  
    • demonstrates tyranny and how it is born, and what it’s like to live under a tyrant.
    • shows brutal examples of human violence, hate, and apathy. It shows that anyone can be turned into an unfeeling monster, and that dehumanization is the easiest way to allow the mind to kill. 
    • is also about human perseverance. It shows the remnants of humanity who have survived the collapse of civilization, along with the collapse of the planet’s ecosystem and climate. Throughout the book, civilization is rebuilt, and the people who live in those societies survive the wars and trials to build a better tomorrow. Timeliness: May is Texas Writers Month and Get Caught Reading Month
  • The Forgive Us audiobook releases in May  Timeliness: June is Audiobook Month 
  • Fun facts about 18-year-old E.T. Gunnarsson: 
    • Family ran a horse rescue for 10 years in Colorado, and has worked with bloodhounds to find missing and exploited children
    • His Swedish heritage (both parents were born/raised in Sweden.)  Timeliness: Father’s Day is June 20
  • How wrong The Vikings TV show is (Vikings were not cool people)
  • FOOD: omelette secrets, and why he hates tomatoes
  • He loves performance cars

PRAISE FOR FORGIVE US

“Readers seeking a solid work of social evolution, technological advancement, and dystopian power struggles will find Forgive Us a compelling piece that draws the reader with realistic characters and a satisfyingly complex series of subplots.” Midwest Book Review

“Author E. T. Gunnarsson delivers a powerhouse of post-apocalyptic prose in this highly engrossing and cinematically styled novel…For its edge-of-your-seat thrills, inviting character work and deep conceptual realism, I would highly recommend Forgive Us to fans of dystopian worlds, suspenseful horror and for survival fiction fans everywhere.” Readers’ Favorite

“The world-building was phenomenal in this brilliant and entertaining novel. The author gave readers exceptional characters that drove the story forward and allowed them to form a relationship with each of them…Forgive Us is an incredibly complex yet refreshing story!” Readers’ Favorite