“The Selection” – Themes

The Selection, at it’s core, is a coming of age story. It describes in detail the process by which boys become “men” on Anastasia. Though in truth, they’re far from ready.

When Eron sets off for his turn in the Selection, he’s a scared eighteen year old boy. Like all other males his age, he’s forced into the Selection and must survive till the end. It’s a rite of passage for the boys.

My original concept for the story stems from reflecting on my son, who’s sixteen now, and how harrowing it is for kids to grow to adolescents and then continue on to adulthood. Any adult can tell you it’s not an easy transition. Add a very real survival component, and you have The Selection.

Another theme I hadn’t set out to write but clearly presented itself is the idea that we need each other. Alone we run the risk of failure. Together we can achieve so much.

Too many of us–myself included–often go through life trying to do it our way, by ourselves, without any help. I admire people that can take care of themselves, but in the bigger picture, we must care about each other. We can’t stay with our heads in the sand, oblivious to the needs of others. We aren’t creatures that survive long by ourselves. We need each other to flourish.

The Selection comes out tomorrow! I do hope you grab a pre-order copy now and save off the normal price of $2.99.

If you missed my post on the characters of The Selection, check it out here.

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