My genre is young adult science fiction. I also write young-adult fantasy novels and adult speculative fiction, but for the moment I’m focusing on young adult science fiction because that is the genre of my last novel, VR.
The Hunger Games meets The Matrix in VR, my YA sci-fi novel about a young woman’s escape from the virtual reality in which she is imprisoned. This novel, the first in a series, deals with some edgy issues and starts out dark, but lightens as the character’s strength and courage emerge. Thought-provoking and a little risky, this could be a cross-over novel, appealing to an adult audience, like Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
Sixteen-year-old Destiny Camden lives in a virtual reality and wants to know why everyone around her believes that it’s real, when obviously it is not. She can’t stop asking questions, which is just the kind of person the residents of Fuller City need if they ever hope to step outside of their VR capsules and the city’s vast geodesic dome.
As a member of the slave class, Destiny is forced to live in the VR, providing entertainment for the Owners (the bloated inheritors of power in Fuller City). But Destiny is no ordinary slave. Her unusual ability to wake herself up while in the VR, allows her to break the programming inserted by the Dreamweavers, and even begin to change it in ways that serve her own ends.
After meeting Ian, a rogue Dreamweaver who helps her train for escape, they flee Fuller City, discovering in the wilderness both the bliss and terror of freedom. But Destiny learns that love and freedom come with a much higher price than she ever imagined. Could anything compel her to return to the city… or worse, to the VR?
Upon completing VR, I discovered two novels with young protagonists who live in virtual reality, The Eye of Minds by James Dashner and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, but VR is set further in the future and has a female protagonist.
So, I’m going to do a series based on the young adult science fiction novels that I like.
Here are some of my favorites:
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Testing trilogy by Joelle Charboneau