NaBloPoMo: The Blurb is the Word

PostADay Prompt November 20th – Coming to a Bookshelf Near You: Write a summary of the book you’ve always wanted to write for the back cover of its dust jacket.

First of all, apologies for the lack of post yesterday. I feel terrible about it, but stuff came up and it just was not possible. I won’t go into detail here though. Instead, on with the prompt!

Let’s start with a bit of back story… This is a fiction based on an initial question S and I asked sometime last year. The question – what if Hitler had won? As they say, history is written by the winners, which would inevitably lead to a much happier picture being painted of the infamous mustachioed man. But… well, it’s Hitler, it’s not going to be all roses, right? So we played with some ideas and this was what we came up with. We only have very basic plot outlines at the moment, which is what we based this blurb on. We figure the story is a hefty helping of dystopia with a dash of sci-fi and a splash of suspense/mystery. Or something. Like I said, all we have thus far is a rough outline. 

History changed the moment the Führer warned America about the Pearl Harbour plot. His life-saving actions led to him being declared a hero. With America’s help, the Third Reich quelled the rebels and won The Great Crusade leading to the dawning of a new age. An age of the Aryans.

Almost a hundred years later the harmony of New Earth is ensured under the rule of his successor. But everything is not as perfect as the world wants to believe.

Ana Klein, whose Jewish heritage is a secret to all but the closest family members, works as a scientist for the Reich. Her days are spent analysing the shattered remnants of the alien technology the Führer employed during the Cleansing. Her life is quiet, and that is how she likes it. But it’s all about to change.

Discovering the unbelievable truth behind the Gestapo’s power leaves Ana with a tough decision to make. Does she blindly ignore what she has learnt in an attempt to maintain the status quo, or will she do as her morals demand regardless of the risk to her own life? The choice is taken out of her hands, however, when her younger brother is taken. Ana’s is no longer the only life at stake. She must find her brother and expose the truth, before it is too late.

Please note, in the unlikely event that anyone is crazy enough to think we’d like it if the war had ended differently… Well, we wouldn’t. The basis of most stories is “what if” and that’s all this is. “What if?” does not equal “wouldn’t it be great if”. The very fact that this is a dystopian fiction should make that obvious.

I think now would also be a good moment to point out that stealing our ideas would be distinctly not-cool. You probably know that from the copyright information at the bottom of the website, and The Legal Stuff page, but I just thought I’d reiterate it. I’m sure none of my readers would think about stealing someone elses work but hey, better to be safe than sorry, right?

Does the plot suggested sound interesting to you? If you could write a book about anything, what would it be?

 

2 thoughts on “NaBloPoMo: The Blurb is the Word

  1. It does sound interesting. I’ve seen a book, I believe it was published by Scholastic Inc. that did much the same. I didn’t read that book as it’s title was boring and never caused me to read the back. Seeing that war refought by the young lady, Ana, would make it personal, that, in my opinion, is a great advantage to your plot.

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