Okay, so, someone told me the hardest part of writing a novel is writing the novel. Did they not try to write a query? Sheesh this is hard. I won't bother with the 27 earlier drafts and the 3/4 full notebook of scratch-outs. I'll just plug the newest attempt in here and ask for some feedback.
Micah is ashamed of his Cloud-mark. He thinks it makes him a monster, less than human. The villagers of Skykom couldn’t agree more. But how would they react to his hidden secret? He is the only male in history to possess the Blessing, rare mental abilities only found in Cloud-touched women?
When a dragon appears, Micah volunteers to investigate. Maybe the dragon can convince them there are worst things that him. Instead of a monster, Micah finds a crashed jet of the ancients piloted by a mysterious foreigner. Meeting her reenergizes Micah’s childhood dream of solving the great mystery of the ancients and stopping the Cloud.
With his Blessed sister and brother-in-law, Micah leaves Skykom, ready to discover more. He discovers horror instead. The Norads, extreme touched who worship the Cloud and offer human sacrifices to swell their numbers, have enslaved survivors in the ruins of a great city. These Norads are the monsters he always feared.
To stop them, Micah must explore the secret of his own power and unite the survivors in a revolt. Because the Norads have a secret of their own. They have been hunting for Micah. And they will destroy the entire city just to find him.
The Cloud (103,000 words) follows Micah’s struggles against prejudice and oppression, topics of great issue today. I live a quiet life, thanks to the pandemic, caring for my mother. This is my first novel.
Thanks for your input.