Fiction Fest: More from Steve Westover’s ‘A Nothing Named Silas’

A Nothing Named Silas_2x3In the not-so-distant future, workers are forcibly drafted into their fields, and the Labor party chooses Silas. Because he’s new, strong, and trained for Command, everyone wants to use him for their own purposes. But when a strange girl shows him that he can choose his own destiny, Silas must make his first real decision—which side he will fight for.

This is the basis for Steve Westover’s newest release, “A Nothing Named Silas,” which was released on Sept. 10 and is available in bookstores and through online retailers.

Westover lives in a small town in the midwest with his wife and four kids. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Political Science and currently works in banking.

He also has a middle-grade fantasy series with two books released to date, “Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island” (March 2012) and “Crater Lake: Return of the Mystic Gray” (April 2013). Steve has also published two FBI thrillers, “Defensive Tactics” (Aug. 2010) and the sequel, “Gold Clash” (Dec. 2012). To learn more about Steve, visit his website,


I’m not sure what I was expecting, but the moment I step foot under the pink Labor Shield, I know my life is screwed.

Above the shield entrance, no less than five prisoners hang twenty feet in the air in solitary steel cages so narrow, the detainees must stand. Even from that height I can hear their moans crashing downward like my dying hopes and dreams.

When Taelori isn’t watching I look back at the wretched prisoners, hoping somehow I misunderstand the context of the scene. Most of the prisoner’s skeletal bodies are draped in shreds of cloth, except one stout woman whose garments appear fresh and new. On giant wooden plaques above each cage their crimes are posted for the world to see. Liar—Thief—Fornicator—Sloth—Insurgent.

When I turn back around I see an eerie grin on Taelori’s lips.