New version, who dis? (Yes, new version always in this post. <3 Thanks.)
Special note: I can FEEL the ending's not there yet- but I need some big suggestions on the last few sentences in particular, please!
Imaginary friends may be fun when you’re eight, but as Genny Engalls discovers, they’re problematic when you’re seventeen.
When Zxix, the foul-mouthed, dragon-like creature from Genny’s childhood reappears and demands her help, the reunion isn’t a welcome one. Genny wants to fly under the radar at her new school, but incognito is a hard game to play when you’re losing your grip on reality. Soon she’s as infamous as Leo Ward, a classmate tormented by voices all his life.
It’s then Genny realizes she and Leo hear the same voices, and uncovers the true nature of her not-so-imaginary friend. Zxix is a Guardian, a race of beings once symbiotic with humanity. Powerful, magic-wielding tribes of human-Guardian pairs once populated the earth until a terrible mistake severed the connection, imprisoning the Guardians in painful limbo. Genny, the first person in two millennia to see them, soon learns how to extend her Guardian sight to those around her. But after her “gift” to one classmate breaks his mind and shatters his free will, she discovers the awful price to be paid for the creatures return. Not everyone will be safely reconnected to their Guardians.
Zxix asks her deliver him to his ancestral homeland, where he will restore his people to Earth and reignite humanity’s long lost magic. But Genny struggles with an impossible moral dilemma: condemn the Guardians to eternal captivity, or sacrifice the few for the hope of a better future for the many.
((I want a better way to say that ending. It rankles me. Please suggest line edits. I left it VERY STARK here so my point doesn't get muddled and you know what the actual dilemma is- but it feels like someone chopped the tail off this thing. I'm trying to find a way to say... in this clipped format... that the stakes are more than just the grand question of who lives and who dies- which is a big, global thing that Genny unfortunately has to shoulder- but it's also inside her. Morality isn't just a question, but a conception of the meaning of life. For Genny to have to carry the weight of a decision so much larger than her is eating her up inside.))