Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - English



First Advisor

Dr. John McDermott

Second Advisor

Dr. Troy Davis

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael Given

Fourth Advisor

Mr. Andrew Brininstool


The True Cost is a short novel set in a pre-dystopian society. The novel centers around three siblings: Lyle, Bridget, and Paul, along with their friend Reid. The group is living in the middle of an eighty-four-year war that has destroyed their society. Shortly before his murder, Jerry tells the gang to get out of Nork and to find the fabled DOCs. Throughout their journey to the DOCs the group fights through ambushes, deals with death and the destruction of war, all the while trying to figure out the truth behind the war.

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