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Chapter Titles and the Allegory of the Cave
I attended school at East Tennessee State University on a full scholarship, and when I asked why I had been given this scholarship, the answer was my writing. More specifically, it was the essay I’d written as part of my application package stating that all students of history are undeniably insane.
What does this have to do with young adult fiction or, more specifically, with where I got my ideas for Darwin’s Children? Well, it all comes down to an awkward little muse rooted in the catacombs of Ancient Greece. He’s a jerk that pissed off a lot of people by standing around and asking people annoying questions such as… ‘why?’ and ‘are you sure about that?’ His claim is that one can work out any of life’s infinite mysteries by using a method, which is eventually named after him: The Socratic method.
His name was Socrates, and most of his teachings can be found in his most notable student, Plato. Plato’s most infamous work is entitled The Republic and it happens to be one of my favorites. Up until now, historians have thought this to be a political treatise of sorts but, for me, it’s all about superhumans.
In Darwin’s Children, my protagonist, seventeen year old Jaycie Lerner, has to come up with a way to reveal to her best friend, Haylee Mitchell, that she happens to be a super powered telepath with extraordinary telekinetic abilities. If that isn’t enough, she must also reveal to Haylee that she, too, is superhuman, with an ability that’s pretty cool.
Haylee’s reaction is what you would expect: terror and denial. I mean, how would you react if you saw a table fly across the room at the alleged mental command of your best friend?
According to Jaycie, her reaction is a justification for the “noble lie.” At this point, readers will find themselves in chapter sixteen of the novel, The Allegory of the Cave, in which Jaycie uses Plato’s words to sum up her friend’s reaction to learning that there are superhumans in existence.
Suppose now that you suddenly turn and make them look with pain and grief to themselves at the real images, will they believe them to be real? Will not their eyes be dazzled, and will they not try to get away from the light, to something to behold without blinking?
Her father rolls his eyes and assures Jaycie that Haylee will come around before quoting some more Plato.
Sometime will pass before they get the habit of perceiving at all; but we say that the faculty of sight was always there, and that the soul only requires to be turned towards the light.
In case you don’t speak fluent geek, a major theme in Darwin’s Children is about coming out of the cave to look into the light of the real world. The reality is that superhumans do exist and they are a part of a vast, and quickly evolving supernatural world.
Darwin’s Children Blurb
Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic black girl trying to survive in a prestigious private school in small-town Jonesborough, Tennessee, it can be maddening – especially when her telepathic father keeps eavesdropping on her thoughts! Jaycie Lerner’s family isn’t the usual mom-dad-kid setup. Her family’s special – in more ways that one. Her mom’s MIA, but Allison, her personal live-in ‘trainer,’ is more than a mom, with her own special abilities, like being able to lift cars and run incredibly fast. And her godfather John can literally convince anyone to do anything. But, as far as the rest of the world’s concerned, Jaycie’s on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love her pediatrician father, but she doesn’t fit in with ‘normal’ kids, and she doesn’t really want to. Most of her free time is spent training to keep her telekinetic and telepathic powers under control. But there’s one thing she can’t control – her feelings, especially when her best friend Matt is nearby. If only he knew what she was truly capapble of… Everything seems to be status quo for Jaycie and her family, until she receives a cryptic message from a stranger and meets a very unusual girl new to Jonesborough. Then all hell breaks loose!
Unnatural Law Blurb
Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psychokinetic power surge is over, and her astounding powers are under control for the time being – sort of. As she struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of the awesome terror and responsibility of her abilities, she also yearns for the chance at a normal life – and a relationship with Matt Carter, the best friend she had to leave behind. But Matt’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s not about to give up on his feelings for Jaycie.As Jaycie and her family grapple with the day-to-day routine of trying to keep their world together, Jaycie’s mother figure, Allison Young, endures a personal crisis of her own. The superhuman blonde possesses the physical equivalent of Jaycie’s awesome psychic power. So evolved, at ninety-two she still looks twenty. But what good is extended life when everyone else around her is so fragile? With no one to share her unusual life, she’s a uniquely lonely woman yearning for the romantic love she sees all around her. But in a dream she gets her wish – and it quickly turns to a nightmare for everyone else in her life. The memory of a rose is all she can hold onto in the storm of obsession that nearly sweeps her away.Things quickly turn deadly for the vampires, but the Dey-Vah Guard fairies refuse to acknowledge there’s an imbalance in the nature they protect. As the danger gets ever closer to Jaycie and her family, the race is on to find answers before a secret plot can destroy them all.
Natasha Larry was born and is still alive. She has an M.A. in American History, making her a professional cynic. Apart from writing, she is a self-proclaimed comic book nerd and urban fantasy junkie. Darwin’s Children is her first novel length work of fiction.
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