Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens #3)
By Lola Dodge
Release Date: September 27th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.
Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.
The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.
While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power…
Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast.
Guest post on YA science fiction writing, dos and donts.
When writing YA sci fi, here are a few things to keep in mind:
DO focus on the story. The characters and their emotions will drive the story forward and keep readers reading. The science can and should be part of the setting, plot, and world, but nobody wants to read a five-page thesis on how and why your ray gun works.
DO be clear about how much science is in your book. SF readers know what they want. Some of them want heavier science and some only want a little of it. Whichever way you lean, make sure the book is marketed appropriately. If your book is a futuristic romance, readers who thought it was hard SF are going to be disappointed and vise-versa.
DON’T get too bogged down in the science. Do enough research that you know what you’re talking about in whatever fields of science your book delves into, but don’t make the reader feel like they’re reading someone’s PHD thesis. There has to be a balance and this advice is the same whether you’re writing sports or space travel. It’s fiction, not non-fiction!
DON’T go too crazy with the vocab words. This goes for science terms and your own made-up words for your SF creatures and cultures. You don’t want the reader leaving the story to check a dictionary or a glossary. Chances are, at some point they won’t come back to the story.
DO read widely. YA SF is still growing and its genre lines aren’t quite set. Like where’s the boundary between SF and dystopia? You could argue that one! And regardless, you’ll want to be well-read in your genre. Plus, supporting your fellow authors is the best way to make sure the field stays alive and growing : )
About the Author
Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.
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