THE BOOK OF RUIN, just won the 2020 Indie Reader Discovery Award for Science Fiction.

The Indie Reader said this about the book: “War, greed, and political infighting still take center stage in W.G. Hladky’s wonderfully detailed and well researched dystopian novel, THE BOOK OF RUIN, which imagines life after a solar storm sends Earth into a second Dark Age and–with only a half-remembered past–industry and civilization start afresh.”

Indie Reader (, a review service for independent authors, launched the discovery awards in 2011. Amy Edelman, author and founder of Indie Reader, said the books that won “this year are not simply great indie books; they are great books, period.”

Past and present sponsors for the Indie Reader Discovery Awards include Amazon, Reedsy, Smith Publicity and NY-based literary agents Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Judges have included publishers (from Penguin Group USA and Simon & Schuster), agents (from ICM, Dystel), publicists (from Smith Publicity), and bloggers (from GoodeReader)