Nice. This is the prequel correct? Any research/inspirations that could help?
Yep, it's a prequel to the trilogy. The Last of Us and I Am Legend were big inspirations for me for the entire series, really. But any writer looks to write fiction needs to read "Techniques of the Selling Writer" by Dwight Swain. That book is gold.
Nice. Will check out those stories. Also added your book tip as a "Lesson" for other aspiring writers to find.