About Paradise Earth: Day Zero

When the ground quakes and blazing balls of fire fall from the sky, a religious sect interprets it as the fulfillment of long-held prophecies foretelling the end of the world. The members flee to their religious sanctuary, believing that this global cataclysm is the portent of a new Paradise of eternal happiness.

Inside, one cold and starving man struggles to hold onto his hope for the future. He’s sacrificed everything for his faith in the prophecy, including his family. As the tortuous night drags on, he struggles to hold onto his hope for the future and grapples with a lifetime of beliefs, and expectations.

If he survives to see the Paradise Earth, will it be worth it?

Reviews for Paradise Earth: Day Zero

"Fiction: You’re going to like this middle-aged Jehovah’s Witness with a dark secret and a dependency on cough syrup. He shares a dream of Armageddon with all faithful J/W’s, anticipating the day God rains fire on the earth and then recreates it into a paradise of eternal happiness. (Yes, the J/W’s interpret Revelation literally where it implies the resurrection will be on this earth.) Then a severe hailstorm rolls in and cataclysmic events begin to trigger. But now that the end finally seems imminent, while the faithful are holed up within their Kingdom Hall like animals in the Ark, he begins to [...]

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Without being overly critical, the work does express an unmistakable hollowness.  Throughout the pages, the events walk the line between dedication and disaffection.With so many dystopias and post-apocalyptic stories taking everything to the extreme, it’s refreshing to see an up-close analysis of a single man dealing with horrible circumstances relying on nothing more than his faith and friends.  A remarkably small piece of the bigger devastation, the momentum of a single life expresses the significance of the human condition in bitter circumstances.  I recommend this book and give it five out of five stars.  Honestly, with the way this one [...]

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I read it in four hours, without putting it down.The first chapter won me over. Its darkness and utter despair pulled me in–the imagery and emotion of it was like a punch to the gut. I needed to know what happened. After that, I was held captive by the storytelling.

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I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of Anthony Mathenia’s new novel, Paradise Earth: Day Zero. The novel is a deconstruction of the Jehovah Witness faith, set at the onset of an apocalypse event.  Day Zero is the first volume of a forthcoming trilogy. Although the disastrous events are global, the story is pleasantly small in scope. The Jehovah congregants hole up in the kingdom hall for shelter, lending to the evocative humanization of the group.

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