In the not-so distant future, most people live in the nameless cities of a globalized world in the safety of artificial atmosphere domes. Those who don’t fit in with the system end up on the streets in a parallel society with different rules. When 17-year-old Robyn steals the priceless violin of young prodigy Akira Sato, she sets a series of events in motion that will change both of the girls’ lives fundamentally.
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My friend Josh sent me an article about a violin being stolen in Berlin. With the current debate about climate change, this mixed into an idea that became what turned into "Prodigy".
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Akira is based on what information I gathered about prodigy children and their lives. Robyn resembles me in many ways, but I think she's more badass than I ever will be.
It was almost midday when Robyn approached the old man’s habitat. People were coming and going, heading to and from the hut. Some of them looked hollow-eyed and halfstarved. These were the Pointless who refused to join any of the existing gangs. Surviving in the underground on your own was tough if not impossible. Most of them eventually realized their mistake and joined a community. The others mostly died – alone and forgotten in a street corner or an abandoned building where their corpses were found either by one of the cleaning units or by an unfortunate passer by who had intended to take a shortcut.
Konrad was arguing with a man in his thirties who was gesticulating wildly. The badges sewn onto his denim jacket announced that he was a member of the Sewer-Rats – those Pointless who fished in the canals, retrieving anything the ordinary citizens of City 5 accidentally or purposefully flushed down the toilet. They weren’t well-liked by other lowlife folk mainly because their presence was always accompanied by a distinct stench which even a bath and a whole bar of soap could not remove entirely. As Robyn approached, Konrad shook his head and threw his hands up in exasperation.
“I’m telling you. I’m not going to help you with this!” He exclaimed. “It’s not just that I think it’s a criminal offence that I want no part in. It’s also an atrociously bad plan and I’m one hundred percent sure the whole affair's going to blow up in your face. So get out of my way and find someone else who’s crazy or suicidal enough to attempt this!”
The Sewer-Rat finally realized there was no way he’d convince the old man to join forces with him in whatever endeavour he was devising and stormed off, muttering a series of swear words almost as filthy as his clothing. Robyn edged closer and dropped her guard when the distance between her and Konrad had shrunk to no more than six paces. As usually, he didn’t seem to be surprised to see her but just nodded in recognition.
“That’s an unusual visitor,” he stated. “What brings you here, Robyn? Did Adam send you? Is he too busy these days to come himself? As far as I know he’s taken in half a dozen kids in the last two months. Isn’t that cave of yours gonna be filled to capacity some day?”
Robyn shook her head ignoring his question.
“Listen,” she said. “This needs to be kept from Adam at all costs.”
She lowered her voice, leaning closer towards the old man.
“I need to get out of here and I know you have information where I can find the Coyote.”
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