The year is 3065, more than a century into the future, and many have fallen victim to humanity's selfishness. The last place on Earth with life is protected from the Outside via a dome that engulfs the sky. Inside this dome is a spot of heaven known as Incolumis, and only those who can be controlled are allowed to stay. Since animals cannot be controlled, the drones that cleanse the streets of "filth" are instructed to kill them upon sight. A black cat named La Notte has managed to evade death for years, and has reason to believe that he will live the rest of his days in lonesome. Then, he meets a mutt named Mochana, who has a dream to see the Outside. And, well, La Notte doesn't have anything else exciting to do.
Young/New Adult | Literary Fiction | Dystopia, Futuristic
dystopia, blood, violence, death, mentions of genocide
escape, dystopia, (somewhat) cyberpunk, futuristic, platonic relationships, inherent amounts of sadness, animal-centric
main: animals/ferals (cat, dog) | side: human
Third-Person Limited (Elements of First-Person) | Present Tense Animal Narrator(s)
Work in progress. Estimated to be less than 70k words when finished.
"The year is 3065, more than a century into the future, and what little life is left has learned that the imperfect know only to wreak destruction. Only those who fit the narrative are allowed to stay in Incolumis, a spot of heaven in a place that reeks of nothingness. Fidus, the government of all governments, holds a tight reign of control over its citizens, executing whoever they see as rebellious and distasteful—whoever cannot be bent to their will. La Notte, a black cat with dozens of scars to prove his dream to be free, is most definitely among the masters of insubordination. Having evaded capture for years, he's seen and experienced more than enough hardships to warrant arrogance. After all, animals are among the most despised in the "utopia," the drones surveying the streets instructed to kill them upon sight, and yet here he is, leaping from rooftop to rooftop like a graceful little worm, so slippery not even death can get its sticky fingers on him. He's old, he knows, but he's still got plenty of years on his side, so he plans on living them to the fullest.
And then he meets Mochana, an optimistic, innocent, far-too-happy puppy who really shouldn't exist. After reluctantly allowing the pup to tag along with him on his journey to nowhere, La Notte discovers that the mutt has a dream far too large for his body: he wants to escape from the dome that keeps their home safe. He needs help to get there—to the Outside. Surely, a feline who has lived for so long knows the way?
La Notte does. And, well, it's not like he's going to be doing anything exciting for a while."
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