**** I am weighing in on the strength of the YA novel, the legitimacy of Indie Authors, and giving you another reason to read Farsighted. ****
The YA world is exploding with the quality of work that is hitting the shelfs. To compete authors have to a unique platform, but balance it with what the fans are already devouring. Farsighted accomplishes that and more. But why would Hunger Games fans, for one, want to flock to read Farsighted? Hunger Games was not a paranormal book. In the true sense of the word. But Farsighted is. The strength lies in it’s characters, in the way they relate, and how they are thrown together to fight against evil. There are many similarities between the two series. (Yes, Farsighted is part of a planed bigger series.) And you don’t have to scratch that far beneath the surface to find them.
Both feature main characters who are loners, who feel like they have nothing to give to the world but the ability to take care of their families and the ones they love. Both Alex and Katniss have very few friends. And have learned to rely on themselves over time. They both form unlikely friendships. And both learn to love and trust for the first time. Both are embarking on a journey they never wanted to take, finding out the world is not all black and white.
Just as Katniss will sacrifice all she has to save Prim, Alex will walk into the unknown to save Simmi. While Katniss struggles to choose who she really loves, the rough and tumble Gale or sensitive and strong willed Peeta, Alex faces the pull between similar personalities in the form of Simmi and Shapri. Katniss has to figure out who is friend and foe in the arena, along with what powers they hold. Similarly Alex has to figure out Dax, and what his true danger is. And in the end Alex faces his own “arena” like battle when he comes face to face with Dax for the first time. Both feature distant and gruff father like figures. Hunger Games in the form of alcoholic and terminally depressed Haymitch. And Farsighted in the form of Alex’s distant and out of touch father. And in the end it is those characters who complete the puzzle and lead their charges to victory.
While the action takes place in two dissimilar worlds, the conflicts remain the same. How to grow thorough adolescence when placed in a situation that separates you from your peers. They both face challenges that are going to affect them forever. Katniss the scars of war, while Alex is already coming face to face with the perils of substance abuse. And you can’t help but wonder how it would be if Alex could jump in and help Katniss out in the arena. His ability to see the future would certainly come in handy for her. She would know that those mutts would be waiting for her at the cornucopia. And she would certainly know what consequences the trick with the berries would bring. And just think if Alex had Katniss with her cunning to help him out at the zoo. The possibilities would be amazing.
As the YA genre takes the world by storm continue to support Farsighted, and all the Indie authors bringing quality YA books to the market. What sets Farsighted apart is also what connects it to great contemporary works like the Hunger Games. Because the struggle to find yourself and the world is timeless. Weather it’s in a dystopian arena surrounded by chaos, or Grandon High and Alex’s psychic friends.