I'm happy to welcome Tyrean Martinson today. I've gotten to know Tyrean through the Insecure Writers Support Group, so I'm thrilled to be part of her blog tour for her new release, which I really enjoyed. It is fast-paced with strong characters and great world building. Where were books like this when I was a young teen?
The Chosen One trope relies on the idea that only one individual can right past wrongs, save the universe, restore balance, or change current events. This Chosen One could be born into the role, or could be chosen through a combination of circumstances, choice, and birth.
Some examples of a Chosen One who is destined from birth to save the galaxy are: Luke from Star Wars 4-6, Rey from Star Wars 7-9, Paul Atreides from Dune, Neo from The Matrix, Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, and Jupiter Jones in Jupiter Ascending.
Some examples of a Chosen One who is destined by a combination of birth, circumstances, and choice are: Spock in Star Trek, Katniss in The Hunger Games, Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series (technically fantasy, but it’s a strong example of this), Billy Batson in Shazam, and Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel.
Deciding to use the trope, or bend it, takes some planning. It’s not easy to create prophecies that makes sense, or to bend the trope with some red herrings, or to add in the tension of choice.
What if the Chosen One is the one doing the choosing? Does this change the trope?
Subtitle: The Rayatana Series, Book 1
A spaceship in disguise,
An Earth girl searching for a sense of home,
And a Thousand Years’ War between alien races,
All collide on a summer afternoon.
An old movie theater welcomes Amaya in and wraps her up in the smell of popcorn and licorice. But one sunny afternoon during a matinee, the movie screen goes dark. The theater rumbles.
Amaya gets trapped in the middle of an ancient alien conflict. Angry and frightened, Amaya entangles herself in a life-changing cultural misunderstanding with Sol, a young alien who keeps omitting key information, even while they’re on the run from his enemies.
What will it take to survive a battle between alien races involved in an ancient war?
Liftoff is a fast-paced read for fans of Code 8, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Cobra Kai.
Release Date: November 10, 2020
Paperback ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-9889933-8-9
Ebook ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-9889933-9-6
Copyright Tyrean Martinson November 2020
Publisher: Wings of Light Publishing, Gig Harbor, WA, USA
Professionally Edited by Chrys Fey
Cover Art and Interior Design by Carrie Butler
About the Author: Tyrean Martinson is an author and teacher from Washington State. As a former fencer and kickboxer, she enjoys writing fight scenes in fast-paced novels and novellas. As a teacher and writing tutor, she loves to get students writing and reading comfortably by any means: talk-to-text, short writing assignments, short stories, novellas, and adventures. She wrote her latest novella, Liftoff, for herself during COVID, but realized it also fits a dream she’s had for a while: to create a short, fast-paced read for teen/YA readers who love popcorn movies, adventure, and sweet romance.