Octavia was raised by a good fundamentalist Mormon family, and believes in their rules for women, which don't include working outside the home - but do include polygamy. Nobody asked her if she wanted to move to Mars, but once she gets there, those rules put her in conflict with the need to survive.
Escape from New Deseret is a science fiction novel, complete at 81,000 words. It is set in a near future where space travel has become affordable for even college students and retirees. Various private groups can and do set up independent Mars colonies, hiding under a fig leaf of government authorization bought from the lowest bidder.
The book follows Octavia Vutrick, a child bride who becomes a determined woman with skills critical to the colony’s survival. Unfortunately, her newfound independence puts her at odds with the colony’s leadership, endangering not only her life but also the lives of her children.
The colonization of Mars is a perennial favorite in science fiction. There aren’t a lot of new books about near-future colonization, and many of the books that do touch on the subject are more focused on the first colony. This book focuses on the frontier days after “first landing” but before full settlement. It is meticulously researched, and set in the Meridiani Terra region of Mars, currently being explored by NASA’s Opportunity rover.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Mormons on Mars.
This isn't a hook, this is a query letter.
Any book that uses "perennial favorite" to entice me to read it has missed "fresh and new" as a selling strategy.
Plus this is just same old "coming of age, fighting with your father" stuff gussied up in a space suit.