Question: I've noticed lots of inquiries use variations on the idea "multiple perspective" novel. I'm wondering if it's necessary for explaining my story. Please read my rationals and weigh in:
For "MP" declaration:
1. My novel jumps back and forth between characters and scenes as the teams of protagonists and antagonists are collected.
2. The first few pages do not include the main character from the query, but rather a secondary one (there's a good reason for this) so perhaps it will ease confusion for someone reading the first ten pages to know that while the primary protagonist from the query isn't in these pages, she's coming
Against "MP" declaration:
1. All of the story is written in third person, just following different characters in different chapters until they are all assembled on the same playing field. (so there's no head hoping, though the reader is more in tune with the emotions of the perspective character at any given time)
2. Honestly, it seems superfluous
Also wondering: do you think it will hurt me to not have the MC in the first pages of the novel. There is a reason it's set up this way, and there isn't really a way to reorder that wouldn't throw the rhythm of the story. If you've read Clive Cussler's adventure novels, they start with a catalytic action prior to the true action of the novel- this is something similar
Yellowstone is about to become a volcanic Chernobyl, and only a group of nearly untrained teens can stop it.
Seventeen-year-old Sophie Westergaard has no idea she has blood-ties to a covert organization devoted to maintaining the balance between the natural world and the humans destroying it. Sophie was just hoping to get settled at her new school without jumping through the hoops of the “new girl” routine, but then she notices Kai Redwolf. He’s been lurking around her cross country practices, and she feels inexplicably drawn to him. Sophie isn’t sure what to expect when she confronts Kai, but the story he tells of a legend predicting the collapse of the Yellowstone Caldera and an organization determined to stop it certainly surprises her.
Kai is another member of the Agency, sent to convince her to help him. Sophie agrees to join Kai as they search for what’s causing the imbalance in Yellowstone. But their mission becomes much more than observation when they find an illegal mine extracting uranium from the geyser vents. If they can’t stop the mining, it could trigger a super volcano that will wipe out North America.
As the Agency team races against the destabilizing mineral extraction Sophie learns she’s inherited the ability to control one of the elements, a trait members of the Agency share. Then she discovers her family’s dark history with the Agency, and her ability to manipulate water is the most benign of her powers. If Sophie can’t get her abilities under control she’ll threaten everyone in the Agency, and without them Yellowstone will implode.
AGENTS OF BALANCE is a young adult fantasy novel complete at 110,000 words. It will appeal to fans of Alexandra Bracken’s THE DARKEST MINDS and Victoria Aveyard’s RED QUEEN. It is a stand alone novel with series potential.