Symbiosis is the story of a mentally unstable individual living in a totalitarian regime, in the future, where a single company has taken control of the world. He is secluded to his personal life, and stays away from people, partly by design, and partly because he is socially unfit to have friends–due to his condition.
The story talks about how companies in today’s world are constantly growing into multi-million (billion) dollar enterprises, and how the middle class has entirely diminished. It talks about the new extreme heights of wealth, and ever increasing amounts of poverty. It is unstable–the system–and this novella is a political dystopian, which plays on that fact.
It is often when individuals are consumed with their daily lives, that they miss the camouflaged world beneath their feet. Ohm, a mentally unstable lower-class worker, has always considered himself ‘normal’, yet he always feels as if he lacks a purpose in life. Unlike the others, Ohm is unsatisfied with his life, and sees himself as a small cog in the totalitarian machine overseeing his life. His curious nature leads him to The Brotherhood, a secret organization dedicated to changing the regime. Ohm is caught in the middle of a war he was previously unaware of, and his life now depends on his ability to keep a secret. Symbiosis’ pages practically turn themselves, leaving the readers questioning their own sanity.
Tevis Shkodra was born on July, 6th 1994 in the small town of Elbasan, in the Eastern-European mediterranean country of Albania. He currently lives in Oakville, ON with his family, and is currently undertaking his Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Business Administration. The inspiration for his first novella Symbiosis arose from his humanitarian travels in Costa Rica, where he worked at an orphanage, and as an English teacher. Other inspirations were his love of dystopian stories, and his family’s past, under a communist regime.