E.T. Gunnarsson

Author of the Post-Apocalyptic Odemark Series

Booking Information

E.T. Gunnarsson
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I have the wonderful job of translating imagination into words. I started my debut book, Forgive Us, when I was 16 and published it 18 months later. The 2021 San Francisco Book Festival and 2021 Fiction Awards awarded Forgive Us Best Sci-Fi and Best Post-Apocalyptic Book, respectively.

I wrote Abandon Us, the prequel to Forgive Us the year after, and followed up the Odemark series ("Ödemark" means "wasteland" in Swedish) with Remember Us in April 2023. My books are available at major book resellers.

I'm currently working on my high-fantasy book series, starting with The Salt March.

Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains (9,000 feet altitude!), I reside in southern Colorado with my dwarfed Cane Corso Freyja and a lifelong interest in Norse myth and culture. A storyteller from an early age, I spent my formative years developing my writing skills on international roleplay sites.

I have several interests outside of writing. I've trained with two different Olympic squads, can call myself an expert in Norse mythology, a drag racer, an experimental cook, a woodcarver, an avid action roleplay gamer, a Judo brown belt, and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt.

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Audiobook Narrator Craig Bowles is a graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he gained a BA in Acting. His talents are focused on the creation of audiobooks and other voice work. He likes nothing better than getting totally immersed in a great story. The winning combination of superb acting skills and a love of literature allows him to create high-quality audiobooks with his rich, silvery, properly British voice.

Publisher: Bragi Press (December 19, 2020)
Language: ‎ English
Page Count: ‎ 334 pages
Hardcover ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1087946375
Paperback ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1736377345


Twenty-eight-year-old service technician Robert Ashton endures dangerous city streets trying to scrape by. His partner Zilv is his only light in a world enshrouded in polluted darkness.

As society buckles, the pair finds safety in the city's underworld. Working as a smuggler, Robert builds a new criminal life to keep himself, and Zilv fed.

But, the battles from the world above seep down into the underground, forcing Robert to return to the surface. In the hellscape of the Third World War, he endures a nightmarish wasteland of violence and death.

When the apocalypse becomes reality, just how hard will a man fight to live?

Abandon Us is the prequel to E.T. Gunnarsson's multi-award-winning book Forgive Us, a story readers call "thrilling, brutal, and completely unique."

Publisher: Bragi Press (June 21, 2022)
Language: English
Page Count: 316 pages
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1736377376
Paperback ISBN-13 : 978-1736377369


Ignium, a new form of energy, poisoned the earth. Generation after generation, survivors fight on to endure the ruins of civilization.

In 2153, fledgling nations clash over land and resources. London, a wasteland veteran, struggles to protect his adopted daughter Rose as the world decays around them. Little does he know that both he and Rose will soon find themselves drawn into war.

Just how far is London willing to go to protect Rose from a world full of violence, hate, and apathy?

Fans of The Gunslinger and Mad Max will love E.T. Gunnarsson’s multi-award-winning book Forgive Us, a story readers call "thrilling, brutal, awesome, and completely unique."


  • Winner, Post-Apocalyptic – 2021 American Fiction Awards
  • Winner, Science Fiction – 2021 San Francisco Book Festival
  • Finalist, Science Fiction – 2021 Best Book Awards
  • Honorable Mention, Science Fiction – 2021 Hollywood Book Festival
  • Honorable Mention, Science Fiction – 2021 New York Book Festival

Audible Reviews

★★★★★ Thrilling, Brutal, Awesome, and completely unique.

How do I even begin? I don't think a book has taken me quite on such an emotional and nail-biting journey in a while. I love the way the multiple timelines are woven together seamlessly. The book brings so many questions to my mind about humanity, right and wrong, and living with future generations in mind. I can't wait to discuss with other readers some of the 'what if's and 'what would you do's.

I also can't wait to get more great content from the author!

★★★★★ One of the Best Apocalyptic Novels I've Read

E. T. Gunnarsson does a magnificent job with this novel. He does an amazing job of taking the reader to what it would quite probably be like if humans don't get their pollution in check. The characters are colorful and well-formed. Throughout the story, you grow to love some only to end up hating them. He gives us times of satisfaction but not much joy until the end. It's a telling of three related stories and he keeps them going perfectly. the ending does a magnificent job of bringing it all together.

I really enjoyed the reading by Craig Bowles.

Editorial Reviews

"Author E. T. Gunnarsson delivers a powerhouse of post-apocalyptic prose in this highly engrossing and cinematically styled novel." - K.C. Finn for Reader's Favorite ★★★★★

"This is an incredible freshman debut for the author, I sincerely hope he continues writing and will be on the outlook for any other work he has published." - Jonathan Nikitas, NetGalley Reviewer ★★★★★

"I for one, thoroughly enjoyed this book and have absolutely no doubt that a great many more will enjoy E T Gunnarsson's dark glimpse at where 'humanity' could very well be heading. The writing is such that you will find yourself reading more than you may have planned to in a sitting, the three storylines ensure that you will tell yourself 'Just one more chapter....' (many times!)." - Craig Bowles, Narrator at Audible Audio Books  ★★★★★

"The novel is as rich in its characterisation as in its worldbuilding, delivering a story which develops over time and gives us generations of heroes and villains forged from dire circumstance. For its edge-of-your-seat thrills, inviting character work and deep conceptual realism, I would highly recommend Forgive Us to fans of dystopian worlds, suspenseful horror and for survival fiction fans everywhere." - K.C. Finn for Reader's Favorite ★★★★★

"E.T. Gunnarsson paints a grim picture of humanity's self-inflicted future in Forgive Us, a dystopian thriller that will leave readers gasping, as though they too are on the toxic, Ignium-ruined surface of the Earth." - Self-Publishing Review ★★★★★

"This is the book I want to hand to my friends and family when they ask what kind of work I do." - Alison Rolf, Book Editor ★★★★★

"The progressive buildup of tension and history is excellent, leading to an unpredictable conclusion that comes full circle in a surprising way." - Diane Donovan, Senior Editor, Midwest Book Reviews ★★★★★

"The world-building was phenomenal in this brilliant and entertaining novel. The author gave readers exceptional characters that drove the story forward and allowed them to form a relationship with each of them." - Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite ★★★★★

"Simply put, an excellent read." - Lit Amri for Reader's Favorite ★★★★★


The Odemark series opens a discussion of humanity’s impact on the planet and about pollution. It suggests that global warming, cooling, or climate change, in general, are not the biggest dangers to the planet but rather human waste and consumption. Timeliness: the current resource shortages and inflation.

For fans of post-apocalyptic video games, the Odemark series brings a unique literary approach to the death of civilization and life in a wasteland. Timeliness: Why do so many video games depict a post-apocalyptic world?

E.T. wrote Forgive Us when he was 16 and Abandon Us when he was 18. What’s it like to be a teen author? Did homeschooling, online high school, and a learning disability play any part in his decision to write books? Timeliness: Post COVID, everyone now has experience with attending school from home. What’s different for those who have been home schooled from an early age?

E.T. can discuss how the Odemark series:

  • shows the adaptability and fortitude of humanity as a whole.
  • demonstrates tyranny and how it is born and what it’s like to live under a tyrant.
  • shows brutal examples of human violence, hate, and apathy. It shows that anyone can be turned into an unfeeling monster and that dehumanization is the easiest way to allow the mind to kill.
  • is also about human perseverance. It shows the remnants of humanity who have survived the collapse of civilization, along with the collapse of the planet’s ecosystem and climate. Throughout the book, civilization is rebuilt, and the people who live in those societies survive the wars and trials to build a better tomorrow.

June is Audiobook Month. Timeliness: Both Forgive Us and Abandon Us are available as audiobooks since E.T’s dad is a great fan of listening to audiobooks.

Fun facts about 19-year-old E.T. Gunnarsson:

  • The family ran a horse rescue for ten years in Florissant, Colorado, and has worked with bloodhounds to find missing and exploited children
  • His Swedish heritage (both parents were born/raised in Sweden.)  Timeliness: Father’s Day is June 20
  • He's been homeschooled since first grade and is currently pursuing a marketing degree at Ashworth College.

How wrong The Vikings TV show is (Vikings were not cool people)

FOOD: omelet secrets, and why he hates tomatoes

He loves muscle cars!