The Silent History

The Silent History is a new novel, written and designed specifically for the iPad and iPhone. It uses serialization, exploration and collaboration to tell the story of a generation of unusual children who are born without the ability to create or comprehend language, but might have other surprising skills.

The novel is serialized with daily ‘episodes’ of 1,500 words that are delivered through the app. Meaning that no matter how involved a reader gets, they have to wait for the next part to become available before they can find out what happens next.

The app utilizes GPS locked ‘Filed Reports’ so that readers who are hungry for more can explore the novel’s world in more depth. These reports are location-based stories that are unlocked when devices are in specific places. There are hundreds of locations across the U.S. and the world, including one in Antarctica.

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Why I’m Curious

I find The Silent History’s use of GPS locked ‘Filed Reports’ really interesting. Novels are usually about taking the reader to a world that is not their own, but The Silent History brings readers into the world to discover more about the novel’s world. I can see brands creating similar futuristic stories, maybe daily videos, and encourage viewers to unlock more content by going to secret locations. 

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