Letters from The Desert (Cartas desde el desierto)

Twelve troubled teenagers, twenty-two months of military service, and hundreds of secrets that threaten to come to light.

In the not-too-distant future, military service will once again be compulsory for all  sixteen year olds. Thisimplies many things, but there is one in particular that everyone fears: being assigned to The Desert. It is a base camp in a desolated place, with extreme weather conditions, where the only link to civilization is a train track. Their survival is the greatest challenge.

The Desert is the place where the most troubled young people are sent. Aitor, a rebellious adolescent of Argentine origin, has been recruited by the Compulsory Military Service and forced to live for two years in The Desert.

When he arrives at the camp, Aitor will have to deal with hazing and severe rules imposed by the Yayos, the veteran recruits. He will also have to deal with the nastiness of Murillo, the squad leader, whose life in The Desert has turned him into an angry and bitter person.

There Aitor will meet his campmates: Nerea, a restless, ambitious young woman, activist and defender of lost causes; and Oriol, a shy, quiet and extremely reserved boy, whose personality is completely different from Aitor.

Between the forced labor under the tyrannical gaze of Murillo and the excavation tasks on-site, Aitor and Oriol become close and share secrets. Oriol confesses to him that his real name is Unai. He has been pretending to be his twin brother in order to prevent his family from being penalized by the Government due to his brother running away. The respect and camaraderie between the two of them will lead to real love.

Despite the harsh conditions and humiliations that Aitor lives through, he will be able to see a little light in the darkness with the help of Unai. This will change his life forever.

Aitor, Unai and Nerea will fight with all their might to survive The Desert, and will discover the secrets hidden behind the new military service system.


REVELANT INFORMATION: Letters from the Desert (Cartas desde El Desierto) is a fascinating story that blends the genres of thriller and romance, thus attracting a very wide and diverse audience.

The novel has hundreds of reviews on literary platforms, such as Goodreads and Babelia, which highlight the construction of characters and the unexpected plot twists.

The story takes place in the very near future in the style of Years and Years or The Handmaid’s Tale. In addition, thanks to the diverse topics it deals with, the work can be adapted to any part of the world, thus creating a perfectly glocal content.

Manu Carbajo is a Spanish writer, director, and screenwriter, whose literary and cinematographic works have had a great impact on both Spanish and Latin American audiences. His YouTube channel, where he talks mostly about movies and books, has more than 26,000 subscribers.


What critics and audiences say about Letters from the Desert (Cartas desde El Desierto):

Letters from the Desert (Cartas desde El Desierto) is a good mix between a love story and a thriller, and it will captivate anyone who reads it.” El Templo de Las Mil Puertas (Online Literature Magazine)

“The author’s way of writing manages to captivate from the first line.” Babelio

“I liked the diversity in the characters, I liked how the story progressed and the twists have kept me hooked. It’s a page turner. The end surprised me, it has stayed with me, because I did not expect it at all.” Goodreads

“In Letters from the Desert (Cartas desde El Desierto), Manu Carbajo lets us see how good he is at studying characters. […] You get to know the characters so well that it seems like you’ve known them all your life.” Moviementaries (literary blog)


AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV Series, Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.


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