It was really refreshing to read a normal story for once, one where there wasn't really a lofty purpose. A lot of the time I catch myself getting absorbed into stories that are grandiose, springboards for the author to comment on the human condition or some other hoity-toity subject. (Yes, I know that's what I want to do to, bear with me for a second). I liked reading a story with a normal family, dealing with circumstances that were indeed extraordinary, but not to the point where existentialist arguments about existence became the theme. I hope that in reading the next book on my to-do list (Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections) I'll be able to dilute some of the work of these two brilliant authors into my own. Creating a fantastical world grounded in realistic engagement between characters is my goal for this novel and the ones to come. Maybe I can learn from Eggers and Franzen how to do that properly.
Now, onto the real reason I wrote this blogpost. Here's the consolidation of all of your suggestions and a few of my own revisions. I hope you guys like it, and as always please be frank and honest with your critiques. I always appreciate them, and they've been really constructive so far! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
On the island country of Atlantis, Prince Briok Cwartel is born into an era of uneasy peace. With an absent father and a mother possessed of an iron-will, Briok grows to become petulant, brave, and ambitious. Then, on the day of his father’s funeral, the immortal Amar tells him that he is the final Magna Beast, heir to the throne of the alien Mags.
Quickly educated on the holy wars between the righteous Mags and genocidal Howlas, Briok is tasked with killing the Howlamega, savage leader of the Howlas and murderer of Briok’s father. Because of his young age Briok’s quest does not take him far from Atlantis’ clear azure shores, forcing him to deal with the dual pressures of history assignments and Lara Heken’s sweet smile while training for premeditated violence.
Standing in the way of his success is a growing mafia civil war, led by the arrogant Tory Cross. Power-hungry and grief-stricken at the deaths of his brother and nephew, Tory uses newfound technology to threaten Atlantis’ well-ordered society and Briok's life. With the mafia on one side and Briok’s petulant nature on the other, Amar decides to enact a desperate battleplan that blurs the line between good and evil – and just may let him die.
Until next time then.