Origins, a Kingdom of Rust novel
A new sci-fi/fantasy project hovering on the edge of the New Adult/Adult genres. It features a strong female lead who perseveres against all odds, including her own unreliable narrative.
Book 1: Origins
This project is currently undergoing intense scrutiny as the elements are tested (with Beta Reader help!). The main focus is on the terrible and wonderful ideas and actions birthed from the human heart. Cimin may be bio-engineered to be humankind’s last hope in an unforgiving world, but it won’t be her powers that save them. It will be how well she can work with those around her and whether or not she can live with the consequence of her choice.
This book has changed so much over the years I’ve been working on it that I am reconsidering just about everything. Including the title, though it is an Origin Story, so Origins is unlikely to change. I may start to talk about the world building as I progress towards shaping the project into something submittable.
My goal is to fashion a strong female lead in a diverse world balanced between the good derived from the Human Condition as well as the bad. All humanity face the darkness within, but without the dark, there can be no light. Without despair, there can be no hope. What would it be like to live in a City built on the suppression of extreme emotion? What would it be like to live in a world where Emotion is currency, and you only get so much at birth? To be assigned a Caste based on your genetic potential as well as your overt intelligence?
Stratified, the world Cimin navigates is on the verge of crumbling as an Ancient Enemy stirs. But who’s enemy? That remains to be seen.
The light is meaningless when held up against perfect illumination. Only the shadows give shape to its beauty.
– Cimin, Origins
The Elements of the Kingdom of Rust
Watch this section for updates on the world as I go through a World Building exercise.