Query Letter #24
Name: Carol Riggs
Genre: YA light science fiction
Dear Ms. LaPolla,
I read with interest your recent interviews on the Market My Words and YA Highway blogsites. Based on your interest in original, character-driven stories, I would like to submit my light science fiction novel, SHAPERS.
In 2039, seventeen-year-old Morgan Dey's job as a Shaper involves helping other teens lose weight--by temporarily inhabiting their bodies. The transformation from flabby to fabulous is made possible by replacing an overweight client's brain waves with hers, and exercising the pounds away. However, when Morgan becomes Shaper for a teen client who is 100 pounds overweight, she soon discovers it's not a simple "walk in the park" to shed that many pounds.
Along with various diet and exercise obstacles, Morgan faces a tangle of identity issues. Is she a real person in her client's body--or a copy of brain waves that merely thinks she's Morgan? Also, how much of her budding new romance is based on her borrowed self, and how much is due to her own personality?
External pressures soon shove Morgan's identity issues into the sidelines. Anti-Shaper groups begin protesting the ethics of brain-wave shuffling in increasingly violent ways, turning from heckling to bombings. As Morgan makes a horrifying discovery at the heart of the clinic, she finds that she stands to lose much more than the 100 pounds she'd originally signed up for.
SHAPERS is complete at 61,000 words, and is currently being reviewed upon request by Christy Webster of Random House. I am an active member of the SCBWI. Thank you for your time in reviewing this query; I look forward to hearing from you.
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