Manuscript Status: Finished
Mentor Name: Emily Martin
Mentee Name: Victoria Lee
Title: THE FEVER KING
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Alternate History Fantasy (LGBTQ, #ownvoices)
Word Count: 109,000
After viral magic kills Noam’s father and infects him with technopathy, his new abilities capture the attention of a dangerously powerful general. Noam agrees to join his elite military unit—but he’s not interested in playing tin soldier. Not for the same government that slapped him with cyberterrorism charges, that tried to deport his undocumented parents and let the virus kill thousands of refugees.
Instead, he’ll infiltrate high command.
He’ll betray the boy he loves.
He’ll become the villain.
SHADOW AND BONE meets Antifa.
Outbreaks of magic started in all kinds of ways. Maybe a tank coming in from the quarantined zone didn’t get hosed down properly. Maybe, like some people said, the refugees brought it up with them from Atlantia, the virus hiding in someone’s blood or in a juicy peach pie.
But when magic infected the slums of west Durham, in the proud sovereign nation of Carolinia, it didn’t matter how it got there.
Everybody still died.
Noam was ringing up Mrs. Ellis’ snuff tins when he nearly toppled into the cash register.
He all but had to fight her off as she tried to force him down into a folding chair, swore he just got a touch dizzy but he’d be fine, really. Go on home. She left eventually and he went to stand in front of the window fan for a while, holding his shirt off his sweat-sticky back and trying not to pass out.
He spent the rest of his shift reading Bulgakov under the counter. He felt just fine.
That evening he locked the doors, pulled chicken wire over the windows, and took a new route to the Migrant Center. In this neighborhood, you had to if you didn’t want to get robbed.