When the line between science and magic is blurred,
strange things are bound to occur…
It is a remarkable fact that everything is made of atoms,
yet atoms are made of empty space.
99.9999999999999% empty space.
And so it is.
If you squeezed all the emptiness out of humanity —
what’s left over would occupy less space than a sugar cube.
The universe began with light.
Now humans are vanishing. Dronics are watching.
And bands of orphaned children are hiding in the dark.
But a 12-year-old amnesiac and a pint-sized boy-genius
are about to unravel a mystery that just might save their world:
Where have all the people gone?
WALBY & STICKS is the story they’d write if Mad Max, Stephen Hawking, and Harry Potter all got together to write a middle grade adventure. The story explores the idea of science vs. magic, through the Mulder/Scully dynamic of the two main characters. Sticks—a disillusioned genius á la Artemis Fowl—is a pure scientist, relentlessly logical in his examination of the world. Until he meets Walby, a wildly emotional amnesiac who seems to have something magical in her blood, though no one knows exactly what. Together, the odd pair set off into a world where humans have all but disappeared, and nature has reclaimed the land. They try to piece together Walby’s past, following a trail of clues which eventually lead to a hidden lab, run by survivors of the Vanishing, where they stay to prepare for the only fight left that matters…
The fight for the children of the disappeared.
Please also take a look at After the Vanishing for additional illustrations from Sticks own notebook, meant to be integrated with this project.