Inspiring, non-dystopian science-fiction/adventure.
12 and up. The feedback from dozens of test readers – boys and girls, adult women and men – has been phenomenal across the board.
Dynamic, relatable characters - young kids, teens and adults of all ages. Positive life lessons. All kinds of real science and “conjectural science” throughout. And thanks to a partnership with the Agile Strategy Lab at Purdue University - middle schools across America will receive STEM-oriented educational curricula - including lesson plans and role playing games - based on the DZ books.
All planned out, a big sweeping saga following Dax from age 13 to 26. But each book tells its own full story; readers will be satisfied at the end of each book.
Books 1 & 2 are complete - each about 93,000 words - a little longer than the first volume of "Harry Potter," but shorter than "Hunger Games: Mockingjay."
My test readers keep telling me they really want to see movies and theme park rides. Of course, so would I - but it's kinda early to be thinking about all that. Besides, I get to live these adventures every day, inside my head - and I don't even need a Fastpass!
The humans of 2077 are trying to do a good thing, though we pay a steep price as we’re not quite ready, so we have to up our game. BUT – over 40 nations send volunteers, so the characters are very diverse – starting in book one and building from there. The books are not political, but they purposely and effortlessly make a statement that all humans have value, dignity and great potential to excel.
There are three big goals for the DZ books: To make science, technology, engineering and math exciting and compelling again for young people; to give kids a vision of an Earth and civilization so cool they want to MAKE IT HAPPEN; to offer a model of a family where everyone supports and encourages one another to become better.