Barbara, Eric, and their aunt Beryl lead a quiet life on an idyllic island, untouched by time and the war between the dystopian Maternopole and Overmere, which has cast a dark shadow over most of the world around them. Everything seems about to change, however, when Eric finds out about two girls on the mainland asking for help, throwing the island and its inhabitants into a maelstrom of uncertainty.
“Mothered is not only a book. It is, indeed, a glassless window that welcomes you, holding your hand as you partake in a story that resonates with something within. I still do not know what exactly… but, as I finished the book, I realised that was not a simple journey. That was an experience.”
CIR: What gave you the idea for this book?
MEKES: It was actually the cover artist (Ado Ceric) for my first book, Struglend Tales (and for this one) who came up with the original story idea, based on a series of illustrations he did about two kids, a brother and sister, living on an island where time seems to have stopped, while on the mainland a war is going on that’s about to threaten their simple life. I just took that basic idea and developed it into a novel, basically.
CIR: What would you compare this book to?
MEKES: The dystopian parts, which take place in the Maternopole, are like any dystopian story (without being unoriginal, of course). 1984, Blade Runner, you name it. The parts of the story that are set on the island have a very nostalgic and romantic feel to them, and I’d compare those to the Miyazaki films. The island is really a celebration of the simple life.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
MEKES: Basically, that we all should just get along, and to question the growing urbanization that’s going on in the world. Sometimes we all should just take a step back and revel in the moment. Stop and smell the roses, enjoy the little things in life.
CIR: Is there any content that some readers might find questionable despite the overall “clean” feel of the book?
MEKES: Some of the characters are soldiers, and they do tend to use slightly colourful language at times, but I’ve kept it to an absolute minimum, and I’m confident there isn’t any content that will make you cringe. While the story features a few (young) children though, it’s not a children’s book (which doesn’t mean that high school kids, for instance, couldn’t enjoy it!).
Learn more about Jan Jacob Mekes and his writing at www.mekesbooks.com