This query has gone through a lot of revisions (almost as many edits as the manuscript itself), but I think I'm getting close! (Leaving out the obligatory agent-specific stuff and contact information). Any feedback is appreciated.
Abusive father, crushing poverty, soldiers with automatic weapons, and the literal darkness that ended the world. X isn’t sure what’s worse, but he’s running from them all.
A scavenger by necessity, X is one of the few to travel beyond Haven’s towering walls and return alive; relics from the long-dead world his only means of scraping by. Inside the city isn’t much safer though, and when an encounter with a member of Haven’s self-entitled upper-class costs him a valuable find, and almost his life, he’s left with nothing.
Empty handed, X slinks home, and right into another merciless beating at the fists of his drunken father. But the shockingly violent end to their confrontation leaves X with a whole new set of problems. And not a lot of options.
Now, with a body on his hands, X will need to make a choice – try to reason with guards who end their sentences with broken bones, and accept their judgement, or risk it all for freedom in the world outside Haven’s walls. A world where, with each setting sun, bloodthirsty creatures of absolute shadow rule the night.
WORTHLESS is a near-future, dystopian fantasy, complete at approximately 110,000 words, with series potential. It will appeal to readers who enjoy stories like ‘The Demon Cycle’ series or ‘Attack on Titan’.