5 books: A main trilogy in 3rd person narrative, Ica's Tale in 1st person,
and Biyan the Rainbringer, an epic poem.
Ica's Tale is complete and in the editing phase.
A short, ~60,000 word, first-person narrative from the perspective of Ica herself.
The time has come for Ica to leave her adopted family of bandits, the Piranhas of the outlands. Over the course of seven years she has gathered paper to document the story of her escape as a thirteen-year-old from the oppressive life within the towering walls of Citadelia. She finally decides to share this untold history with her brothers, sisters, and whoever else happens to pick up her diaries.
She recounts a troubling atmosphere of poverty, “mouth-diapers,” buildings made of “adamantine,” propaganda infested educational facilities, and even grim, humanoid beings she calls “Ganglies.” For a girl who is naturally inquisitive and defiant, a society that functions on strict protocols of normalcy is nothing more than a cage.
Ica’s sense of alienation deepens when she telepathically connects with a Gangly by accident. This causes a chain reaction of normalization interventions imposed upon her, including a regimen of desensitizing drugs. However, there is hope in a reacquaintance with her older cousin Iloy, who lives a seemingly privileged life in the central region of Citadelia. It turns out that Iloy too defies normalization and furthermore seeks to do the unthinkable—leave the cityfort to live a free life in the lawless outerlands.
Ica’s rebellious spirit cannot resist the temptation of this new vision of liberty, but she finds out that the path to knowledge, truth, and freedom is anything but the easy way out as she unravels the mystery of the Ganglies.