Rubberman’s Citizens

by Joseph Picard

Rubbermans' Citizens - Joseph Picard
Part of the Rubberman series:
Editions:Paperback: $ 14.95
ISBN: 978-0981396040
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 216

A story of oppression and loss, of uprising and joys. Rubberman's Citizens pushes through grim tyranny with the courage, compassion, and humour of those forced to fight troubled times.

In Citizenry, Leena knew cruelty was normal.
Order was kept by Warren, through intimidation and abuse.
Normal meant deliveries from above, supplies from the great, unknowable, Actual.
Normal meant hating the lessers who live below.
Normal meant routine public degradation.
Normal meant hearing screams, and knowing no one dared help.
Normal was knowing that tomorrow, it could be your own screams being ignored.

Leena found a way to help.
Leena found a chance.
Leena discovered revolution.


Cover Artists:
Tropes: Dystopian Governments, Found Family, Reluctant Hero
Word Count: 92782
Setting: Underground, Earth, near future
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters

The previous book, Rubberman's Cage, exposed us to the section of the facility called Citizenry. We learned a little about its troubled past, and uncertain future.

In Rubberman's Citizens, I explored the terrible things that happened there, and the reasons the rest of the facility locked Citizenry off. I knew I'd have to tackle the issue of rape, and struggled to find a way to deal with it with tact, but also portray the weight of the crime. The characters themselves helped me through it as good people supported each other. A hearty dose of revenge helps too. By the end, healing and hope bring the Citizenry out of their darkest chapter.

About the Author

Resident of the lower mainland in BC, I’ve lived all over Canada, but I’ve been in this area since ’94 or so, and am unlikely to leave.

I’ve always been a creative sort, composing music on the computer (tracking Mods and related formats) drawing and graphic design, but in the last couple of decades, writing has come to the forefront- going from the occasional short story for fun that I’ve done all my life, to full-fledged novels.

In 2001, I was cycling to work, and got into a fight with a car, and the car won. Since then I’m been a paraplegic. When I’m rich and famous, I’ll buy a model of the car that hit me, and give it a solid whack every day.

I’m father to two insane lil punks, Catilin in 2007, and Lachlan in 2011. I’ve been predominantly a stay at home dad since then, but volunteer work at a local seniors’ activity centre recently led to a job with the organization. It’s an amazingly positive environment.

My rate of pumping out novels isn’t so fast, but the ideas are waiting. If the next Rubberman book ties up the series (it may or may not) I have a series in mind that serves as a spin-off of sorts from the Lifehack series.

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