Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Brett Armstrong & Silent Stars

Posted October 6, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Brett Armstrong, Christian, dystopian, giveaway, science fiction / 8 Comments


Silent Stars JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Silent Stars by Brett Armstrong, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Brett on the blog today to talk about his new book and what he learned while writing this trilogy!

Silent Stars

SILENT STARS by Brett Armstrong
SERIES: Tomorrow’s Edge #3
GENRE: Christian, Dystopian, Science Fiction
PUBLISHER: Expanse Books
RELEASE DATE: September 26, 2023
PAGES: 329

AD 2040: Barely eighteen, things have become much harder for Elliott. Reeling from the losses during the confrontation that brought Project Alexandria to a halt, Elliott feverishly hunts for the original files needed to finish it off. Finding only dead ends, he instead stumbles upon something dire: messages about the Babel Initiative. Conceived as a successor that would make Project Alexandria’s manipulations seem tame, this new threat once again forces Elliott into alliances with morally grey programmers known as Siegers. Beset by continual setbacks and defeats, many Siegers abandon the cause and go underground to survive the dangers ahead. The bleak reality that Elliott and those closest to him are almost certain to die in the fight against Dr. Almundson begins to set in. But Elliott isn’t ready to give up. He knows the cost of such a silent surrender will be humanity itself.

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Brett Armstrong guest post

What I Learned in Writing the Tomorrow’s Edge trilogy

by Brett Armstrong, author of Silent Stars

There were a lot of things I learned throughout writing the Tomorrow’s Edge series. About writing, publishing, culture, society, and spiritually. I think the most surprising and poignant came from discovering I didn’t know precisely what the series name, Tomorrow’s Edge, meant till near the end of drafting Silent Stars and what that meant for dystopian stories.

Among the influences on me as a writer are the famous dystopian works 1984, Brave New World, and The Minority Report (and later Fahrenheit 451 and That Hideous Strength). Plus, newer ones like The Hunger Games and Divergent. One thing that really stuck out to me in classic dystopia is that there aren’t happy endings—that would diminish the impact of the warnings delivered. In the newer ones, a happy ending is possible but not really for the protagonist. So, when I chose the series name, I was very much thinking in the bleaker terms of us in the real world being on the edge of a tomorrow that looks like the world of the series. I held onto that and my inner wrestling with how the story had to end based on the specter of dystopian stories past all the way through to the final chapters of Silent Stars. I was haunted by the dread that the present would see a tragic ending for the characters I had come to care about. Then something hit me.

It’s kind of hard to explain. I feel like writing a novel is discovery, like walking a mountain trail. You know the peaks at the start, where you’re starting and where you’re headed, but in between, you find things you couldn’t see till on the trails winding along the slopes and cutting through the valleys. It isn’t often I’ve felt this, but with my nose to this particular story trail, I felt like the Lord tapped me on the shoulder in a way. He got me to look up at something I was in danger of missing: another way of seeing the series name and where Silent Stars and the series as a whole had been leading without me knowing it.

Dystopia was always the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come presenting the shadows of things that would be if left unaltered, but I hadn’t considered that a more powerful message could come through in a dystopian story that unabashedly embraces the truth that we all have a tiny role in the Great Story God is crafting. In that Story, dystopia’s dark tomorrow is eclipsed by the bright tomorrow ever fair. I was stunned to discover that the more powerful message the Tomorrow’s Edge series was leading to and could have, which the classics of the past didn’t, is hope. Eternal hope in Christ, that though the darkness becomes ever so deep and the world unbearable, we must take heart, because the darkness cannot overcome His light. He has already overcome the world. That’s the “tomorrow’s edge” the series built towards and radically changed how I saw the final chapters, Silent Stars, and the series as a whole. It was humbling and exciting in a way that few other moments as a writer have been for me.


Brett Armstrong

Brett Armstrong has been exploring other worlds as a writer since age nine. Years later, he still writes, but now invites others along on his excursions. He’s shown readers haunting, deep historical fiction (Destitutio Quod Remissio), scary-real dystopian sci-fi (Tomorrow’s Edge), and dark, sweeping epic fantasy (Quest of Fire). Every story is a journey of discovery and an attempt to be a brush in the Master Artist’s hand. Through dark, despair, light, joy, and everything in between, the end is always meant to leave his fellow literary explorers with wonder and hope. Always busy with a new story, he also enjoys drawing, gardening, and spending time with his wife and son.

Connect with Brett by visiting brettarmstrong.net to follow him on social media and sign up for email updates.


Silent Stars JustRead Tours giveaway

(2) winners will win a $25 Amazon gift card, print copy of Silent Stars, and a poster of a scene from the Tomorrow’s Edge series!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 4, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 11, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open to winners in the US, Canada, Australia, and UK only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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8 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Brett Armstrong & Silent Stars

  1. After reading Brett’s story in the collection “The Near Distant,” I’m definitely looking forward to reading this one. Brett, I so appreciate your willingness to not only “go where no man has gone before” (see what I did there? LOL), but to go where GOD tells you to go, through your characters.

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