Teleport

Kevin Berry

Book Cover

GENRE

SCI-FI SUSPENSE / THRILLER ACTION DRAMA

    Core Theme

    TECHNOLOGY CREATED FOR GOOD CAN ALSO BE USED FOR EVIL.

    TIME PERIOD

    The Future

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    JUMPER, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, ENDER’S GAME

    CHARACTER LIST

    • MADDIE: 42. LEAD. A DRIVEN SCIENTIST WHO INVENTS TELEPORTATION AND CARES FOR HER BRILLIANT TEEN DAUGHTER.
    • CASSIE: 17. LEAD. MADDIE’S DAUGHTER. BRILLIANT, REBELLIOUS, A LONE WOLF.
    • THE PATRON: 50. SECRETIVE, UNAPOLOGETIC, CONFIDENT, MANIPULATIVE, POWER-HUNGRY.

    Logline

    In 2065, The Patrons control everything—and everyone. Maddie McLeod is a Creative, tasked by her Patron to develop a teleportation device. With help from her brilliant daughter, Cassie, she must succeed before Cassie's 18th birthday when Maddie's Patron will decide on Cassie's future—or if she even has one. But with Cassie’s behaviour unravelling, Maddie's experiments failing, and The Patron becoming more and more threatening, things look hopeless. Desperation drives Maddie to make an ally of a mysterious character known as the Blacksmith, a dangerous figure from society’s downtrodden Underclass. As Maddie faces the most difficult situation of her life, the Blacksmith helps her see the world as it really is, but will Maddie also see a way to make the teleporter work?

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Female leaning

    Setting

    London

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Kindle Press

    Year Published: 2017

    Starting Description

    A gifted scientist is forced to develop a teleporter for a powerful overlord, with her daughter's future at stake if she fails. Things don't go according to plan.

    Ending Description

    The scientist's daughter overcomes her enemies and becomes the new ruler herself.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Rebellion Against 'The One'

    Main Character Details

    Name: Maddie McLeod

    Age: 42

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Complex, Perseverance, Secretive, Selfless, Skillful, Adventurous, Aspiring, Desperate, Educated, Lone Wolf

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Cassie McLeod

    Age: 17

    Gender: Female

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Adventurous, Decisive, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Heroic, Sophisticated, Aggressive, Complex, Confident, Skillful, Unapologetic, Aspiring, Blunt, Educated, Lone Wolf

    Additional Character Details

    Name: The Patron

    Age: 50

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Secretive, Unapologetic, Confident, Manipulative, Power-hungry

    Additional Character Details

    Name: The Blacksmith

    Age: 35

    Gender: Male

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Complex, Decisive, Funny, Sexy, Unapologetic, Uneducated, Honorable, Masculine, Blunt, Confident, Empathetic, Faithful, Flexible, Heroic, Skillful, Underdog, Badass, Secretive, Selfless, Adventurous, Lone Wolf

    Brief

    In 2065, Maddie McLeod has just invented teleportation, along with her teen AI robot daughter Cassie. Under the supervision of a wealthy and powerful patron, she struggles to get the device to work. When it falls into the wrong hands, she has to fight to get it back and stop if from being used for evil - specially because Cassie’s survival depends on it.

    What We Liked

    While tech-filled dystopian futures are hardly a new concept, the way it is presented here - with the
    main story guided by people rather than gimmicks; with timeless, universal themes - makes it a great
    setting, as much as the scientists make for an intelligent story. The clear, compelling protagonists
    and antagonists drive a narrative that builds in momentum; reaching unexpected twists when the
    reader can’t see them coming. The lead character, Maddie, is talented, relatable and a strong
    presence, but the true revelation here is Cassie - the classic, archetypical seventeen-year-old; and yet,
    a robot fueled by Artificial Intelligence. She’s the best character, worthy of a large fan base and
    carrying a possible franchise.
    Key points: Attractive, intelligent characters - including an AI robot teenager. Cool dystopian world, a
    wide universe. Action, danger and suspense. A new, exciting technology. Franchise potential.

    Synopsis

    London, 2065. Scientist MADDIE, 40s, and her daughter CASSIE, 17, are trying to teleport an apple.
    They are members of the “Creatives”, supported by The Patron. The apple teleports in perfect
    condition. Maddie immediately gets a call from The Patron, Lord Zachary, congratulating her and
    summoning her to his office upstairs. She’d worked for him for 18 years and has never met him in
    person. The Patron, LORD ZACHARY, is a very thin man in his 50s. In his lavish office, he tells her he
    wants the teleportation device ready to go immediately, but she says it will take time to do more
    testing. He relents. He’s upgraded her housing and given her a raise. She asks about her daughter -
    will she be sponsored when she turns 18? He’s coy about it.
    While Maddie is out, Cassie lets her friend Angie in, shows her the device, and teleports an apple for
    her. Maddie is very angry - their work is confidential and if Zachary finds out this could jeopardize
    Cassie’s future as a Creative. At an appointment with Jack, Cassie’s teacher, the next morning, they
    discuss the girl. She was given to Maddie at age six by Lord Zachary and Jack says she is
    outperforming all of the other non-humans. Cassie is an AI robot, called an ACE (Authentic Child
    Experience). Jack tells her that Lord Zachary plans to terminate ACEs when they turn 18. Maddie is
    horrified. Her mind goes over the possibilities of escaping somewhere with Cassie - and for that, she
    needs to perfect teleportation. She teleports a frog to a surprised colleague who is far away in Cardiff.
    When she tries this with three other European colleagues farther away, they get dead frogs squashed
    against their walls and are none too pleased. Cassie solves the mystery - the long distance teleports
    send things at a high speed because of the earth’s rotation.
    Angie is revealed to be the leader of a gang. She takes the device and won’t give it back. After a
    scuffle, Cassie, Angie and her henchman teleport… somewhere. Dazed from the fight, Maddie wakes
    up in her office. She has no idea where to find Cassie, until she finally calls - she teleported to Lake
    Michigan, where the impact of using the device for such a long distance killed Angie and her
    henchman. She swam to shore, unaffected physically, since she is a robot.

    About The Author

    Kevin Berry's work is known for its high stakes and dramatic action. He's won multiple writing awards and has met with critical success.