The Switch

Kolby Harvey, University of Colorado at Boulder

Abstract

A young man, Joaquin, must navigate the difficulties of surviving in the burned-out remains of his hometown following a series of natural disasters, which culminated in a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Joaquin and his chosen family--his boyfriend, Huxley, Huxley's sister, Gabby, their surrogate brother, Julio, and their dog, Hippy--must adjust to orphanhood and isolation together, while at the same time evading the mysterious Mannequins, a group of people who reside in the town's abandoned mall and abduct the town's few remaining residents for reasons unknown. Joaquin must also unravel the mystery of "the switch," a phenomenon that inexplicably transports Joaquin into a deserted, suburban neighborhood at unpredictable intervals.