Genre: YA Speculative
Word Count: 76,000
Anamae is eight when her mother disappears without a trace. Nine years later, she innocently activates secret technology thrusting herself into danger. She’s forced into hiding from the unknown society concealing the technology from the public. Unable to return home, fear of being forgotten by those she loves leads headstrong Anamae into a fight to resume her normal life. With her protective best friend and a fierce new companion as allies, she struggles against the control of this despotic society determined to prevent her from exposing their many secrets. Friendship, love and hope propel Anamae and her friends through a risky mission to escape the manipulation she never realised influenced her everyday life.
How do I tell my mother what’s happened, what she’s missed, everything about my life?
Chin cupped in hand, I sit at the desk in my bedroom and stare at the pale yellow notepaper before me. The blue lines across it are as empty as my pounding head. I hold my favourite pen, poised in my hand ready to write, but the words elude me. I let out a long sigh.
Two faces stare up from the photo waiting to be slipped into the envelope along with the letter. It’s a ‘selfie’, not one of my beautiful nature shots that I normally put with my annual letter. My cheek’s pushed up against Will’s. His sandy blonde hair falls into his bright blue eyes. His arm, resting over my shoulders, pulls us close together. Our grins say more than words ever will. I smile, he’s my best friend.
Twirling the pen between my fingers I gaze out of the window into the soft autumn afternoon. The distant clang of metal on metal pierces the silence. Leaning over my desk, I lift the window and warm afternoon air brushes against my face in a soft breeze. I peer out into the neighbour’s yard below. Will’s jean clad legs stick out from under the hood of a beat up green car. He backs out and hoists a large piece of machinery up onto his shoulder lifting it like it weighs no more than a small sack of potatoes.