I just wrote this layman's description of Breeding Discontent
and thought I'd share it here as well. This is the book madame_mercredi
are working on so feverishly. It's supposed to be out by October.
I'm trying to get some practice explaining the plot of the book to non-"insiders" so here goes:
The book, called Breeding Discontent, takes place in the world of Wraeththu, originally created by Storm Constantine. Wraeththu is a hermaphroditic race that has pretty much inherited the earth after mankind slid pretty low; they evolved from human boys who mutated and spread their "disease" around the world. Wraeththu are pretty much like adrogynous gay boys with paranormal powers and the ability to have really incredible sex.
Anyway, in this novel, we've added a new chapter into the Wraeththu book series, covering an episode where one Wraeththu tribe has pretty much perverted and f'd up the whole idea of Wraeththu -- being a hermaphrodite, being equal, being above forcing gender on anybody. Wanting to create a kind of super-army, the tribe organizes a breeding facility and fills it with captured Wraeththu children, who they basically bring up to be brainwashed, hyper-feminine procreators. Wraeththu pregnancy is quick, only 2 months, and the tribe takes full advantage of this by basically training the specially trained Wraeththu to pump out a ton of children, then raising the kids kind of like cattle.
The book doesn't cover any of this in a chronological fashion, but instead starts out with the tribe that BEATS these bastards discovering the breeding facility. The other tribe basically abandoned it, leaving all the harlings there with only a few of the "hostlings" (mothers) who refused to leave. They're left to decide the fate of the children, who they are freaked out by -- esp. the older ones who've been made to be very feminine. Cut in between that whole drama is a flashback type of thing, with whole chapters filled with a hostling's diary, from early adolescence through to the time of the facility's demise. It shows somebody who starts out very innocent and trusting basically being heartlessly used and abused and then abandoned. Fortunately the book has a happy ending :)