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Consuela was originally brainstormed as a historical story but turned into a sci-fi book instead—a slightly rambling adventure set in the future. Its thread of humorous moments might seem a deviation from a genre that always takes the issues it explores very seriously. But part of dystopian’s magic is that tales of a near-future world easily become so pertinent, as if that future was already present to a degree. There's really nothing quite like this unique genre. And if a hypothetical future society has such a tangible reality, then we must feel it's a place we could potentially live.
Consuela, in addition to exploring a bit more about daily life in the future—which, of course, is why it’s here—has a stronger political plot than Invaders. Politics are very important to the story. If there ever comes a future society that has a bad government and is mostly filled with crime, it’s likely to have some pretty busy relationships springing from that bad government. Plus, the abundance of criminals in Palladia means people who make laws are likely to be friends with people who break them. Illogical, yes. But it certainly adds to the fun. 😉
So for the five central characters of Consuela:
Miss Plummer is very intelligent and from an educated group of people. She’s always been one of the elite if not one of the politically powerful. But for no explained reason, in old age, she’s become quite restless and adventurous. She crosses social conventions, national borders, and an old friend to wind up in jail. She believes she is invincible, although the jury (literally in this case) doesn’t seem to agree with her.
Consuela is an ordinary girl trying to make a living. Like 90% of people in Palladia, she’s from a criminal background and it’s easy for a girl with basically no family or friends to get stepped on. But Consuela never does and has always made it through. She’s aware it’s unusual for someone like Miss Plummer to hire her, but a job is a job—give or take a number of extra schemes that unfold along the way.
Mr. Lazeemboi is a former crony of Miss Plummer’s. Although technically part of the EC, he cares far more about money and socializing than about his roots. He has lived in nearby Belaria for many years and envisions himself and his children as social climbers among the wealthy there. It also appears that he doesn’t view himself as Miss Plummer’s friend anymore.
Mocha is Mr. Lazeemboi’s opportunistic daughter. While she appears a bit spoiled and annoying, she’s also a feminist who is hailed as a famous author in spite of being just a teenager. Miss Plummer’s young friend Rena is a big fan of Mocha’s and is dying to meet her and exchange thoughts about books. However, Mocha doesn’t comport herself well under emergencies and eventually falls off the map.
Nesya’s real name isn’t known. He is from the “technical” class, who are skilled with technology and metal. He is a person of strong opinions, fiercely defensive of what he believes in, and attaches himself to Miss Plummer’s group in order to engage in friendly debate with her about their cultural differences. Consuela calls him “Nesya,” the Invader word for friend, and the name sticks even after his romance with Rena makes it clear they ought to learn his real name.
And there will be more updates.
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