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The QuARC Effect, an upper middle grade science fiction novel.
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I need a book cover design suitable for the eBook format, as well as for print in trade paperback format. The story follows a 12 year old boy, Zeke, who becomes entangled in a rivalry between two obsessed physicists. His connection to these men is through his father, who was killed in a failed experiment when he was only a toddler. The defining moment of the story occurs when Zeke follows one of the men home to his ramshackle workshop, built in delapidated railroad cars, and stumbles into a device that accidentally duplicates him, as two versions of himself with opposite personalities. A possible cover image could be based on this scene, in which an orb of darkness forms in the center of the boxcar workshop, among a tangle of wires and jumbled electronic equipment. The Void expands to form a basketball-sized sphere of total darkness, like a black hole without gravity, wrapped in filaments of light racing over its surface. When Zeke reaches toward it, the light begins to wrap around him, like vines, and his quantum clone forms on the opposite side of the pitch black sphere. The most prominent images in the story the larger Void, an expanding hole in the universe 200 hundred feet in diameter, the duplicated Zekes, the complex copper coil (also the size of a soccer ball or basketball) Zeke has build from his father's notes (the QuARC), and the large underground particle accelerator complex that converges on the chamber in which the huge Void has formed. The setting of the story is the great planes. Although the story takes place in the Summer months, by 2065, climate change has brought a nearly perpetual Winter to North America, and the expansive fields and meadows are covered in patchy snow. It's not post-apocalyptic because the change has occurred over decades, as the population has gradually adjusted to the difficult environment and dwindling energy supply. It's critical the cover is consistent with other leading titles in the genre of YA or upper middle grade scifi: Hunger Games Anomaly Carpe Tempus Crossed Legend Proximity The Finisher The Reaping The Sowing The Testing I Blew Up the Moon For more story details, see the book description below, or the slightly more detailed synopsis (attachment).
TITLE: The QuARC Effect Looking for a design that will position the book in the scifi genre for upper middle grade, early YA. It's not quite dystopian, but portrays a bleak but hopeful future, in which the main character, Zeke, will play a crucial role. CURRENT DRAFT OF BLURB: It's July. It's freezing. People refused to change, so the climate did. To keep from from either starving or freezing to death, Zeke Kapopoulos scrapes out a living for himself and his eccentric mother by dealing on the black market in batteries he’s dug from garbage dumps and recharged with stolen electricity. After ten years barely subsisting, Zeke has finally invented a way to supercharge his business with the QuARC, a high-powered energy harvester based on notes and sketches left behind by his father. After its first successful test, with disastrous side effects, the device is stolen by Doc, his school’s janitor. Zeke follows Doc to his ramshackle home and stumbles into a matter-warping trap, set by Doc for his nemesis, Dr. Nigel Willis. Transformed into an altered state of existence, Zeke entangles himself in a rivalry between Doc and Willis, his father’s former research partners, each determined to hijack Zeke’s device for his own purpose. When Zeke learns the truth about his father’s death, he agrees to collaborate with Willis against Doc. He finally tracks down the stolen QuARC and brings it to Willis’s vast underground laboratory complex, where they will complete the grand experiment begun by Zeke’s father, ending Doc’s interference. But confronted by the dark side of his father’s legacy, Zeke faces a life and death choice that will either save the universe or condemn every last galaxy, planet, and living being to oblivion. MAIN CHARACTER: Ezekiel Kapopoulos, a 12 year old boy, of Greek descent. He has curly black hair and dark eyes. In the story, he becomes duplicated, similar to a clone. MAIN ANTAGONIST: Dr. Nigel Willis, a man six feet tall, who always dresses in very tailored suits with black leather gloves, and wears dark glasses because he is blind. Willis has dark, severed features, and no facial hair.
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