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Dear members, thanks in advance for clicking on my query. I'd love to hear what you wonderful and patient folk have to think.
I’m writing to you seeking representation for my YA sci-fi novel, Evelyn.
Evelyn, an AI who thinks she's a teenage girl, finds herself at the center of a plot to turn humankind into a digital race when the man who made her unleashes a supercomputer into the World Wide Web.
Years after a man-made strain of toxic algae wipes out 80% of life on Earth, Evelyn and a group of teenagers interning at a space-exploration company are drugged during their first day and when they awake they're on an alien planet. The only explanation they receive from Damien Reyner, the man responsible, is a message explaining they have been sent to a new planet to start a human colony there, as he intends to rid Earth of mankind's destruction.
But as the interns struggle to survive on the hostile planet, they find they are not the first to arrive there. A group of people controlled by a strange substance called the Mind, which seems to have a mysterious connection with Evelyn, is hunting them. While Evelyn is plagued by strange voices in her head and memories that aren’t hers, the fight for survival escalates into a deadly search for answers as the interns uncover clues about where – and when – they really are.
But the answers Evelyn finds when she finally confronts the Mind are not the ones she was looking for ... When she learns what she really is, and that the Mind is merely a pawn in the hands of a greater and more familiar power whose intentions are far ghastlier than she could ever have imagined, Evelyn must reconcile her programming with her own perceived humanness, as well as the confusing feelings she’s developed for Matthew, one of the interns. Finding herself the unsuspecting centerpiece of Damien Reyner’s insane but brilliant plan, the choices Evelyn must make when she encounters the true enemy will determine the fate of her friends, and alter the very course of humanity’s future.
Evelyn, my first novel, is complete at 88500 words. I currently live and work as an ESL teacher in Hanoi, Viet Nam, but my home country is South Africa. (not sure if these details are relevant, but I think the agent might appreciate being informed that I do not reside in the States, as I imagine it adds an extra element to the agent's job)