Payback

by Michael Botur

March 07-10

Lockdownland series book 2

A tribe of brave teens.

A dome filled with enemies.

And a machine watching humankind destroy itself.

Freed from prison in 2041, Eden Shepherd is ready to return to her family and work out what went wrong in Moneyland. Mum is here to help – but Eden’s dad has disappeared, leaving a trail of questions about his role in the rise of an all-powerful artificial intelligence.

As Eden and her mum venture into an urban wasteland to try find Dad, the duo are ambushed by a militia led by a man intent on killing Eden – before a whole new biodome descends upon the hapless humans.

Eden finds herself trapped and fighting for her life with a tribe of brave teen guerillas who occupy an abandoned shopping mall – until devastating secrets emerge about the tribe’s leader as Eden starts to lose her chance at payback, her family – and her life.

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About Michael Botur

Michael Botur, born 1984 in Christchurch, New Zealand, is the author of six acclaimed short-story collections, four novels, page and pub poetry collection Loudmouth and the children’s book My Animal Family. He has won awards for short fiction in the US, Australia and New Zealand. Botur has published journalism in most major newspapers and magazines in New Zealand and is concentrating on screenwriting in 2022. He lives in Whangarei with his two kids, and the deal is this: Kids, you can stay up late and I’ll tell you some dark tales from my horror fiction collection, though it’ll unnerve ya. You have been warned.

Botur holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from AUT University and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies from Massey University, as well as degrees in arts and literacy. Botur makes a living from communications, content and copywriting.

Botur has been making money from creative writing since the age of 21, has published creative writing in most NZ literary journals and has won various prizes for short stories and poems since beginning writing in 2005. In 2017/18 Botur’s work was included in collections put together by University of Otago (Manifesto 101) and University of Canterbury (Bonsai: Small Fictions).Botur has published news articles in VICE World News, the Listener, New Zealand Herald, Herald on Sunday, Sunday Star-Times, The Spinoff, Noted, Mana and North & South. In 2017 Botur launched the only online “gallery” for NZ short story writers, www.NZShortStories.com.
In 2021, Botur was the first Kiwi winner of the Australasian Horror Writers Association Short Story Award for Test of Death.

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