THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE MUCH-TOO-SPONTANEOUS GIRL
October 2016 Month9Books
Lady Marguerite Vadnay and her trusty automaton, Outil, have settled into life in New France rather well. Marguerite is top of the class at flight school and her future as an aerpilot is nearly secure. She has everything she wants— except a commission on the pirate hunting dirigible The Renegade. Using every card in her aristocratic arsenal, Marguerite wiggles her way onto the finest warship France has to offer. But as usual, Marguerite’s plans endanger the lives of those she holds dear— only this time no one else is going to save them. As Marguerite and Outil set off on a rescue mission they may not return from, she finally realizes it’s time to reorder her cogs.
This steampunk adventure is littered with facts from The Golden Age of Piracy and follows (not too closely) some of the lives and adventures of the brave men and women who sailed the seas as privateers, pirates and soldiers.
THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL
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17th century New France (Canada) was constantly under attack. Young King Louis XIV quickly realized a larger population of family settlements, rather than single men, was the fastest solution. He began vigorously recruiting young women to join their countrymen across the sea, where they could marry and build the population up against invasion.
Nearly 1,000 of these “Daughters of the King” were rewarded handsomely for trekking across the pirate infested Atlantic to a strange land. The greatest reward being that the marriage arrangements were lady’s choice. Sixteen-year-old Lady Marguerite lives a life of luxury, but finds no solace in her future prospects.
When Claude, her only true friend, leaves for adventure in New France she tries to resign herself to marrying the most boring man alive or attending a school for “difficult” girls. She never considered crossing the sea as a Daughter of the King herself, but now it seems her best option.
Marguerite plans on going alone, but finds herself surrounded by an unlikely group of supporters: an automaton, a simpering neighbor and the annoyingly attractive Captain Laviolette.
As the voyage progresses Marguerite learns that life outside her father’s estate is full of bullies, illness and disappointment. And when their aership is attacked by pirates she begins to think she’s definitely made the wrong choice. But the cogs of fate have been set in motion and Marguerite’s life isn’t the only one dependent on her becoming more than a spoiled rich girl.
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Daughter4254 used to think life in a community where art, music and names are outlawed would suffocate her creative spirit. Now that she’s rotting in a prison cell, she’s not sure her dying mother made the right choice when she entrusted her with the secrets of rebellion.
Prison has given her plenty of time to relive every mistake and lose all hope. Her next stop is the MindWipe. Then she meets Thomas, a fellow inmate, who tells her stories of the mythical mountain colonies where people have names and the arts thrive. Together they plot an escape, knowing if they fail, they will die. Or worse, their consciousness will be taken by the MindWipe, leaving their bodies free for the government to use. When nothing goes as planned, Daughter4254 must choose between using her mother’s secret to better the world she hates, or following Thomas to the quiet life of freedom she has always craved.
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Imani escapes prison only to find herself in the clutches of a mad man. She clings to the hope that Thomas could still be alive and waiting for her in the snowy mountain woods. But after her head is artificially filled with more information than she knows what to do with, she feels she can’t trust her own thoughts, much less the words of anyone around her. Rumors come creeping in the night and she finds herself faced with a choice she thought she left far behind her when she walked out the doors of the compound.