It’s happening! It’s happening! The novel project is happening!
Unfortunately, I will not make it to class tomorrow. *goes in the corner and sobs hysterically* But I would really love to hear your opinion on this. Please tell me any thoughts you have!
Author: Eira Conall
Audience: Young Adult
Rowan Atreus/ Lacey Gorse— Due to her dirty blonde hair, brown eyes, and average height, nothing about this mid-teen girl’s appearance really stands out. At the beginning of the novel, Rowan is thrown into a prison cell where she loses all her memories. A few days later, she is released and put into the Auroran Learning Institute (ALI), where she is given the name Lacey Gorse. Confused and disoriented, Lacey struggles to uncover the truth of her past while trying to learn the rules of surviving ALI.
Rowena Dare—Tall, dark haired and blue-eyed, this girl is impossible not to notice and even harder to say no to. Although she is a few years older than Lacey, she takes immediate interest in her. Rowena strongly discourages Lacey from doing anything to recover her memories, adamantly reassuring her that there is nothing in her past worth remembering.
Kenning Chase—This confident, strong, popular boy prefers to go by his last name, Chase. Although ALI has no official leaders, people clearly look up to him. Similarly to Rowena, Chase believes the best thing Lacey can do is try to forget her past and find a new life at ALI.
Ella—A quirky, clever Asian girl, Ella becomes Lacey’s roommate. Usually found with a book, she claims she doesn’t care in the slightest what people think of her. Which is fortunate, considering most think her to be rather odd. Although she doesn’t speak much, she always has something important to say.
The Aurorans— They’re the mysterious people group behind Auroran Learning Institute. Although they do teach classes and occasionally step in to establish order, they’re mostly absent. Perhaps even invisible. Yet it doesn’t take long for Lacey to discover the Aurorans keep much stricter control than it would appear.
Point of View
The story will be told by a third person omniscient narrator in present tense.
(I don’t think I’ve ever read a book in third person present tense, so I wanted to try it. If it sounds weird I might drop it.)
Everything takes place a few hundred years from the present, but the exact date won’t be important. Most of the action happens in Auroran Learning Institute (ALI).
In the distant future, a mysterious group of people found the Auroran Learning Institute (ALI), a home they give to the twenty percent most talented young people. Rowan Atreus, an imprisoned girl with amnesia, finds herself placed here and is renamed Lacey Gorse. Those around her tell her to put aside her past and embrace her life at ALI, where she’s free to become who she wants. Yet as she searches for clues to her past, she uncovers dark truths that make her question how free ALI really is, who she is, and everything she thinks she knows.
Character vs. society
This is probably the most key conflict, since every character experiences it in some way. The Aurorans leave subtle clues as to how everyone should act, what should interest them, and who they should be. The clues and pressures vary from character to character, as does the characters’ reactions.
Character vs. himself
Again, this is one all of the main characters will face as they decide who they are and who to become.
Character vs. character
Lacey wants to recover her memories, but Rowena tries to stop her. This is a more minor conflict.
What pressures does society put on us and what lies does it tell us?
What is true freedom?
How do we know the truth about a person?
What are we enslaved to?
How do we measure our own worth?
Allusion—Rowan’s last name, Atreus, is also the name of a cursed family from Greek mythology. This hints that her family history was not a happy one.
Bildungsroman—Getting fancy here. This is a literary device where the protagonist grows throughout the entire story, usually starting with being removed or chased away from his/her home. After being removed from her home and placed in ALI, Rowan will undergo a process of growth throughout the book.
Irony— All of the inhabitants of ALI are told they’re free and can become who they want to be while they are actually receiving constant instructions on who to be.
Write a paragraph of your opinion of this story and why. Rate it as 1-5 stars, 5 being the best.
I do not know how I came to create this monstrosity, this insanity. An idea came into my mind, and I’ve been molding it, throwing in my mind, heart, and life experiences until it came to this. At times it feels as if it writes itself, at times I struggle with the smallest details. Through all this, I’ve come to care deeply for it. With all my heart, I hope that in the end you’ll love it and rate it five stars, and that I will, too. You might not like it or find it strange, and please tell me your honest opinion. But by the end, my hope is that it will change our lives.