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Prairie Song by Marn and Alyssa

A post-apocalyptic roadtrip across America. 

John is a former indentured farmhand, setting out in search of fresh water and an escape from his past. Cody is a traveling bounty hunter and musician, on the run from a debt he can’t repay. Friday is a lounge singer and burlesque dancer, fiercely protective of her friends, seeking adventure. Valerie is an orphan priest, weighed down by responsibility and guilt.

The four meet by circumstance in the new Wild West of a country ninety years post-apocalypse, slowly raising itself from the ashes. Together, they try to outrun, outgun, and outwit a gang of dangerous criminals, learning more about themselves and each other along the way.

Prairie Song is part Western, part roadtrip story, and all post-apocalyptic action tale, with a cast of diverse, LGBTQ protagonists. It deals with themes of displacement, trauma, loss, trust, and found families.

Note: Prairie Song contains some graphic violence and harsh language.

A serialized novel, updating weekly

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Listed: Apr 22, 2018


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Edtied Version – Post Book 1

By Calhoun, author of Quoria

May 3, 2018: Prairiesong has a really refreshing take on the post-apocalyptic genre as a whole. Many post-apocalyptic stories are hopeless and take place in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, but prariesong is more about people getting back to their lives and interacting with the various communities that have popped up in the post-apocalyptic wasteland than anything else.

It follows the story of John (who is fleeing his old life in Chokecherry), Cody (who is fleeing a gang), Val (a preacher) and Friday (owner of a burlesque/casino) on their journey to outrun danger and get to the mississippi river. The ragtag gang faces all sorts of perils, but also stumbles across new experiences that broaden their horizons in ways they never could have imagined.

Even the villains have their own motivations, and it feels as though every side character has a lot going on in their life, which makes the world feel big. As though things are constantly happening elsewhere as the protagonists continue their journey (and they are!) If you’re a fan of big, open worlds, you’ll like this serial.

A word of warning, though: This serial does contain some heavy themes at times of abuse and overcoming trauma, but it handles all of these extremely respectfully, and each chapter comes with its own content warnings if they’re necessary. This authors really care to let the readers know what they’re getting into, and I thought this was a nice thing of them to do. I personally appreciate content warnings so I can prepare myself beforehand, but they’re general enough that they won’t spoil anything for people who prefer not to read them.

Basically, if you’re looking for an action-packed post-apocalyptic webserial with plenty of LGBT+ representation, you’ve found it. The serial showcases some spectacular moments where prejudice is overcome by understanding and empathy, and that despite everything, love is always more powerful than you think.

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