EARTH 2.0 IN PERIL
A decade has passed since Odile infiltrated planet Turaset’s combustion industry to bring its covert killers to justice. That act nearly broke her. Now, she wants only to raise her son, Paolo, in peace.
When Paolo’s environmentalist father arrives to take him camping deep in the wilderness, an accident triggers a devastating and strangely curious fugue in the boy. Unconscious, Paolo mumbles fragments of alien technology that could bring an end to coal and oil combustion forever.
Paolo’s father wants to record Paolo’s ongoing trickle of information. He wants to use it against the ancient ‘telomeric’ man who heads the combustion industry. But Odile, her peace now shattered, simply wants Paolo healthy again. She flees with him in search of a cure as the clock ticks down for humankind’s survival.
Telomeric is stand-alone fiction from the world of Turaset.
Targeted Age Group:: Young adult and adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As our own climate destabilizes, I wanted to give voice to the anxiety we feel, globally. I wanted to give voice to the power we have to change course through personal choice, through collective choice, and through political will. I also wanted to continue exploring the lives of characters introduced in my debut novel, Aerovoyant. Telomeric follows passionate young people as they seek to steer their world to a better place.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main character in Telomeric is Odile, a young single mother who feels great anxiety at her inability to provide a better world for her son. She comes from all of the people I know who express uncertainty in the face of climate change, and yet who find the courage to take a stand and take action, in the hope that whatever they might contribute will lead to a healthier world for our children.
When the totality of her panic hit, she stopped speaking at all. I’m going to fall. She might—she might let go and drop into the abyss. If it weren’t for Jack, roped to her, she would, simply to end this, she’d let go and fall, forever.
No, she thought on her next breath. She wouldn’t.
“You’ve made it this far,” Jack was saying. “Breathe in, breathe out. This’ll be over before you know it.”
They were the same words Al had said during her labor with Paolo. ‘Breathe in, breathe out. This will be over before you know it.’
“In and out. Breathe.”
Jack’s mouth was moving but it was Al’s voice she heard, Al’s dark brown eyes locked onto hers, his hands holding her fingers tight, wedged there in rock, or in the bed, where Paolo would come into the world. “The hardest part’s over, love,” Al said. “Soon we’ll have our baby, forever.” And oddly, as she heard his voice, she felt regret. Regret that she hung on a cliff without him. Regret that it was her brother, instead of her lover, helping her cross this span. Regret that they’d fallen apart. That she had ever thought she didn’t want him in her life anymore.
“I’ve got your hand.” It was Jack’s voice again. “Just let me move it to the next grip.”
She gave a tight nod. She had to move, and it had to be forward. She was tethered to Jack and he was continuing on. She couldn’t go back. She grabbed the next hold.
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