Hate YA Book Tropes? Here’s Why Resonance Is The Book For You
The book in question:
#1. IT’S NOT A DYSTOPIAN
Sick of post-apocalyptic worlds where people get killed left and right for no reason other than the government to exert power over the people? Have no fear, Resonance isn’t that kind of book. I’d go so far as to say it’s almost a utopia? Not completely, but borderline.
Like it’s predecessor, Resonance is meant to celebrate the endeavors of humanity – rather than knock it down.
#2. THERE’S NO CORRUPT GOVERNMENT
*sigh* I know governments in real life tend to be awful, but when every book focuses on government being the evil mastermind behind everything, that gets boring.
In Embassy and Resonance, governments are just a piece of society. Sure, the politics is still there, but there’s no one vying for absolute control and power over anyone else.
#3. THERE’S NO REBEL FORCE RISING UP TO DEFEAT THE EVIL POWERS-THAT-BE
People live. People explore. People change. Nobody needs to lead a resistance against anybody else. Humanity has pretty much come to a common union. Yes, there are different aspects of society rubbing against each other – not for power, but debating the best route for humanity to follow to create a sustainable existence as we spread through the galaxy.
#4. THERE’S NO LOVE TRIANGLE
I repeat: there’s no love triangle. Louder for those in the back? Okay. THERE’S. NO. LOVE. TRIANGLE.
One could *possibly* argue that there’s a love triangle in Embassy (but not really though? It’s extreeeeeeeemely small….especially if you got the point of the book, which is made pretty obvious in Chapters 23 and 24).
But yeah. Love triangles. HA. NOPE.
#5. ARMAN LANCE IS NOT THE CHOSEN ONE
In fact, there isn’t a Chosen One anywhere to be found in the entire series! Nope! Nada. Arman is just a guy who’s reeeaaally isolated himself fromall these experiences because he’s so dead set on finding Ladia. He’s missing out on so much because of this narrow-minded focus. So when he finally frees himself of that mindset, the world – or, quite literally, the galaxy opens up to him.
This is a story of adventure and exploration, of celebrating humanity and life, of being curious of the universe we live in.
#6. THERE’S NO INSTA-LOVE
There’s romance. As anyone who’s read Resonance already can tell you, Arman and Glacia (Glarman, for all you shippers) are the ultimate ship. In Embassy, Glacia helps Arman see what he’s been missing out on, and they move from not-friends, to friends, to relationship.
In Resonance, some of my favorite scenes to write were Arman and Glacia competing with each other, or embarrassing each other, or being cute as hell together. They have a healthy relationship, not totally perfect, but not annoying or angsty, either.
#7. THERE’S NO ULTIMATE WEAPON
There’s no object that everyone is out to take control over. Nothing that’s going to destroy a planet, or the galaxy, or a universe. Arman isn’t in search of anything except for how to live life to the fullest and make a difference in the galaxy.
#8. FOR SCI-FI, LONG-TERM SPACE TRAVEL ISN’T A WALK IN THE PARK
As you’ll see some reviewers of Embassy say, the most boring part of the book was Part 2: The Void, and for one simple reason: the month of space travel. It’s crucial to Arman’s journey, because he undergoes a lot of mental duress, and you get to see how these interstellar expeditions really affect the crew.
While space travel does show up again in Resonance, I learned from Embassy and didn’t put it in *as* much. It’s still there, and you’re still going to feel the effects, but it’s more of a “necessary side-element” rather than an entire section of the book this time around.
#9. THERE’S NO BLACK-OR-WHITE OPINION
There aren’t two sides to every issue. People have their own opinions, and they form those opinions based on their exposure and ideals in life. You can’t point a finger and say, “That’s the bad guy!” These aren’t books about good vs. evil. These are books about “What is the best course of action that will do the most good for not only humanity, but for life in general?” (Life being animals, plants, humans, etc).
Some characters you like will have opinions totally against yours, and some characters you hate will have opinions you totally agree with.