In seventh grade, Mrs. Trader inspired me both as a writer and a teacher. In her class, I learned I loved to write and that my classmates liked to hear my stories. Her spirited students engaged in dramatic performances, hands-on projects, and lively discussions—nothing like the poor subdued souls across the hall, managed by the teacher with long green eyes. So Mrs. Trader was my model when I started a school and set aside my writing—that is, until it dawned on me that tribes of children have loved learning by listening to stories for thousands of years. So I wrote about a million words that speak to head and heart, which I am still reading to my child listeners. But now I’m writing stories, my second million words, to speak to the heads and hearts of adult readers and listeners, and hoping my classmates will like them.
Both Imperial Governor Scholtz and the Sovereignty Movement face a wildcard: a self-proclaimed queen, armed with an unstoppable A.I. and unbeatable warriors.
Eena is discouraged because the Sovereignty Movement has reached an all-time low, and martial law increasingly cramps the workers’ freedom. The students, pulled from the university to work at Onmatson Farm, labor under deplorable conditions. The cloned babies still face a dehumanized future. And Caellum, the leader who’s presumed dead, slinks about in Transtopia’s shadows until the oppressed farm hands revolt.
How will Biate, ensconced in Denver Airport and called “The Mad Queen,” impact the power struggle between Imperial Governor Charles Scholtz and the Sovereignty Seekers. Her unbeatable military force, and her connection to a powerful A.I., worries Dora and Caellum. So does her determination to obtain a child—not just any child, but a child of royal lineage—because when Dora gives birth to Michael, he’s the only such child around.