Bear with me, everyone... I tried writing a completely new query. I know the old one was good, and I may revert to it, but the question of "why" kept coming up, and I decided to try to write a spoilers query. Please let me know what you think, what's confusing, etc.
Thank you so much for your continued support! I cannot express my gratitude enough.
Link to my synopsis: http://agentquerycon...lack-ya-sci-fi/
Nine-year-old Jacob possesses a perfection that enthralls the flaws of anyone with contact to him.
Jealous of his mysterious nobility, the gods of Earth snare Jacob with a choice. He can save the world by committing ultimate evil, or curse the world for the sake of his soul. Despite his fear of impurity, Jacob chooses the former. He takes over Earth, terrorizes those left alive, and transforms into a tyrant.
Now, at sixteen, Jacob kidnaps rebel leader Star, whose support will allow him to sacrifice less lives for his goal. However, her curious and idealistic worldview scorns anyone immoral. To convince Star of his goodness, Jacob manipulates her to find more in his mansion than just his shapeshifting prisons, cache of creations, and second set of hidden hallways: He coaxes her to discover who he is.
Yet offering the truth means that Jacob first must know it himself. Unveiling his three-part soul also exposes the abyss of evil within, forcing him to wrestle with whether his soul is worth the world’s salvation. Before crushing his competitor, acquiring Star’s allegiance, or completing what was supposed to be an impossible task, Jacob finds he must conquer the most powerful opponent of all – himself.
PUREST BLACK (xx,xxx words), a multi-POV young adult science fiction novel, blends the pace and structure of Marissa Myer’s “Renegades” with the style and atmosphere of Katherine Arden’s “The Bear and the Nightingale”.