better lands - The Discoveries
AS A DEVASTATING 4-YEAR PANDEMIC HAS ELIMINATED 2/3 OF THE WORLD POPULATION, A GROUP OF SURVIVORS LED BY THE YOUNG ROSA WELLS IS WILLING TO RISK IT ALL IN ORDER TO REACH BETTER LANDS.
ROSA WELLS. 14-16.LEAD. PRETTY, VULNERABLE, STRONG, CHARISMATIC, ASSERTIVE, CONFIDENT.
JEAN PIERRE BERGER. 17. ROSA'S LOVE INTEREST. BRAVE, HANDSOME, RELIABLE.
DARCY. 17. JEAN'S BEST FRIEND BECOMES ROSA'S FRIEND.WARY, CHARISMATIC, SMART.
BLITZ. 34. REGENERATED VILLAIN. WAS GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE BY ROSA AND REDEEMED HIMSELF. VIOLENT, UNEDUCATED, RAW.
JEFF GOTTLIEB. VILLAIN. PLOTS TO TAKE ROSA DOWN. BULLY, DISRESPECTFUL.
MR CHUSO. VILLAIN. THREATENED ROSA AND FORCED HER TO RUN AWAY BY HERSELF. LATER KILLED BY ROSA.
A 4-year pandemic devastates the world killing 2/3 of the breathing population. Survivors live in tents, fields, and forests. Rosa Wells, 16, finds herself among them in Burlington, VT, and becomes their visionary leader, taking hundreds on a tempestuous foot-journey to virus-free lands in KY.
Target Gender: Universal
Burlington, Vermont; Lake Placid, NY; Fort Drum, NY
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: with a Publisher
Publisher: Abuzz press
Year Published: 2021
2024 - Rosa sits on a rock in VT and reflects back to her last 4 years of life, the night before the survivors were to leave for KY. The pandemic wiped out loved ones and brought on extreme challenges that introduced new people into her life. At 12, she experienced her first loss, her father.
The 4 migration teams of 100 ea. trail each other by a week. The story ends as all the teams pass through the first inside shelter stop at Fort Drum Army Base. Each experiencing drama within their teams, some life-changing. Rosa focuses on their next stop in Cleveland, OH. (Book 2)
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Mature Audience Themes
Extreme Violence,Sexual Abuse,Nudity, Language/Profanity
Plot - Other Elements
Plot - Premise
Main Character Details
Name: Rosa Wells
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Aspiring,Modest,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Honorable,Leader,Heroic,Selfless,Visionary,Strong Moral Code
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Masculine,Underdog,Villainous,Desperate,Empathetic,Flexible,Uneducated,Heroic
Additional Character Details
Name: Jean-Pierre Berger
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Masculine,Obedient,Uneducated,Selfless,Desperate,Faithful,Leader
Additional Character Details
Name: Jeff Gottlieb
Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Villainous,Narcisstic,Uneducated,Masculine,Criminal,Crazy,Power Hungry,Desperate,Outspoken,Leader
It’s time to start the journey to the better lands. Join Rosa, Jean-Pierre, Blitz, and hundreds of others who have survived a 4-year pandemic that wiped out over 2/3 of the world’s breathing population as they embark on a 45-day tempestuous foot-journey from Vermont to Kentucky searching for virus-free lands. Is the virus the real threat or is it what happens among them as they trudge through the wilderness and encounter new relationships involving romance, friction, violence, and even death? Who will survive and reach the better lands? What is in store for them once they arrive? Will it be a life of happily ever after, or more turmoil? More info on www.susanclawson-author.com
SUSPENSE, THRILLER, DRAMA, ACTION
While the survivors of a 4-year pandemic that erased 2/3 of the world population are struggling for their own survival, they follow the 16-year-old leader Rosa Wells in hopes of a peaceful future in Better Lands.
Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
Book profile reflects book accurately.
Draw of Story
The narrative is intriguing because it portrays terrifying possibilities for the near future in case a deadly virus continues to eliminate a significant part of the world's population.
Nothing made me want to put the book down; however narrative takes a bit to gain a more interesting pace.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
People would watch this movie as the premise is interesting, especially because of the situation we're currently living globally and also because the young female protagonist is charismatic and vulnerable, and audience will definitely want to be around to see her thrive.
It could have a large fanbase if adapted because there is an interesting mix of elements that were proven to be a success in other films and series, such as young adults taking the lead of the action (Stranger Things); a seemingly vulnerable female protagonist who is actually strong and sometimes violent (Game of Thrones) and also people trying to escape from a catastrophic virus and driven by the hopes of a better future (Bird Box).
This adaptation has awards potential as scenarios and passages are highly dramatic and catastrophic, requiring great acting and art direction.
Similar Films/TV Series
BIRD BOX, LOCKED DOWN, STRANGER THINGS
What’s New About the Story
This story is original because the protagonist is a 16 year-old girl coming of age in the middle of personal losses and society chaos, yet managing to become the leader of a huge community in the state of desperation.
Rosa Wells is not only a driven, strong and a charismatic natural leader but also a vulnerable young girl who remained open emotionally even after going through traumatizing losses.
Uniqueness of Story
It is a rare gem, however, it could be improved in terms of narrative pace and structure.
Film: Studio, Streaming, Indie TV Series: Network, Cable, Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming
I recommend this story for its high potential for adaptation as the core theme is topical, protagonist is a fierce female and the saga is sure to keep audience hooked.
After a devastating virus eliminated 2/3 of the world's population and survivors are enduring terrifying consequences, a community led by the young Rosa Wells decides to risk it all to reach Better Lands, a place that is supposed to be virus free.
What We Liked
This narrative is interesting because the main theme is up-to-date and portrays a catastrophic short-term future for humanity; and other elements in this saga were proven to be a success in productions such as Stranger Things (young adults leading action) and Game of Thrones (apparently vulnerable but fierce female leader/protagonist).
Film: It would be a great adaptation for Film and a movie franchise because it is a captivating saga that is easy for the audience to relate with, and the protagonist arc is well built in order to hold other storylines together.
TV: This would make for a great adaptation for TV as numerous passages unfold through the saga and characters bring a complex storyline, some of them with character arcs that are surprisingly changing throughout the narrative.
Key points: Fierce female protagonist; Young adults leading action; Relatable pandemics narrative; Catastrophic near future; Complex and well built characters.
Chaos reigned all over the world as a deadly 4-year pandemic took hold of it. Continued variants had only made things worse and a threat of a third strain was looming.
In this scenario, Jean-Pierre, and Darcy, both 17, are orphans trying to escape Canada after losing their entire families and homes due to this deadly virus that has eliminated 2/3 of the population.
At the age of 15, Rosa Wells also becomes a young orphan. Originally born to a rich family but was thrown out into the chaotic world, alone, after her father and mother's death.
Rosa was able to escape from the violent Mr. Chuso, owner of the house she lived with her mother after her father's death. It was then she found shelter at the North Beach Community, in Burlington, Vermont.
Rosa then became a leader for that community after organizing, leading, and protecting the tent community. She quickly grew into this position due to her charisma, leadership, and protecting her followers by shooting to death a couple of thugs that threatened them. Rosa also believed there were better lands they could live in and eventually shared her research with the group.
The three young orphans - Rosa, Jean-Pierre, and Darcy meet later that year and unite and in 2024, lead groups of people on a journey, migrating to Kentucky, where they believe there might be a place where the virus has no power, in the 'better lands'.
Rosa kills a third thug and surprisingly forgives Blitz, the fourth one, who eventually redeems himself and becomes a protector, helping Rosa and Jean-Pierre lead Team 1 to their destination. Team 2 is led by Bill & Patti; Team 3 is led by Jeff & Trap and Team 4 is led by Sam. In the first part of the journey, Team 1 arrives in Lake Placid, NY but encounters an issue with a couple in the group, Chad and Dora, as he falls sick and they are left behind. The team continues their route and during the journey, Blitz falls in love with a local waitress, Miss Lily, who later joins Team 4.
Each subsequent team leaves Vermont a week behind the others and is faced with different struggles, the worst being with Team 3. As Trap & Jeff, Team 3 leaders, don't seem to get along, the shenanigans created by Grey along with Jeff contribute to the fragmentation of the group.
The story temporarily concludes when Team 1 is about to arrive in Cleveland and picks up in book 2.