The Hatch

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Michelle Saftich

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Psychic intern, Britta Tate, is on a quest to find her brother, missing in space. She must use all her senses to navigate the conspiracies, corruption and war that follows. But it will be her alliance with higher beings that ultimately leads her to find her brother and restore the peace.



Short Summary

Amelia Tate is with her crew on a spaceship about to make a Hatch jump when she has a psychic insight that their craft will be shot down as soon as they go through the gateway. With seconds to decide, she enters co-ordinates to jump them to the edge of the known universe, where they become stranded.

On board their ship is a weapon needed to stop an asteroid set to strike Earth. Amelia's son goes looking for her but also comes under attack. It is now up to her daughter, Britta Tate to find them and the weapon before it's too late.


Earth, spaceship and utopia-style planet

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Britta Tate

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Confident,Heroic,Honorable,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Cal Granton

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Heartthrob,Heroic,Honorable,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Mandon Allic

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Criminal,Greedy,Leader,Villainous,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Blunt,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Amelia Tate

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: logical

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Complex

Development Pitch

The Hatch is a scientific marvel, allowing for deep space travel. Yet it is not just science taking us off planet, but psychics who can astral travel and discover other habitable planets for us to colonise. Britta Tate is one such psychic. Her brother and mother were also gifted and worked for EASA, but when sent on missions in space, they never returned. Believing her mother dead, Britta tries to use her gifts to find her brother and teams up with her brother's friend, Cal Granton, to find out what she can. However, she becomes distracted when their leader, Mandon Allic, suddenly announces a plan to mobilise a large portion of Earth's population through an offer of free space travel. Aiding in the plans, Britta travels with Cal into space where they soon discover that this generous offer of space adventure is actually an evacuation. It seems an asteroid is on path to striking Earth and the government had worked to save as many as possible, without the panic. Britta is going to Nattalia, the last known whereabouts of her brother. During the journey, she connects with higher, interdimensional beings, Miras. From them, she learns that they had given her mother a weapon capable of knocking an asteroid off course. But it seems her mother was stopped from delivering it. The weapon is still on her mother's ship, stranded on the edge of the known universe and time is running out. A unique blend of science and psychology, this fast-moving, suspenseful story will entertain!

About The Author

Author Michelle Saftich was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. She has three books published and a manuscript currently under submission. Published by Odyssey Books, her debut, historical fiction novel Port of No Return was released on July 31, 2015. Its sequel Wanderers No More was released on August 22, 2017. While a sequel, it can be read as a standalone novel. Odyssey Books published her third futuristic novel The Hatch in December 2019. A sequel, The Fifth Hatch, is currently under submission. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business/Communications Degree, majoring in journalism, from the Queensland University of Technology. She has worked in communications, including print journalism, sub-editing, communications management and marketing for a not-for-profit. She spent 10 years living and working in Sydney; and two years in Osaka, Japan, where she taught English. She is married with two sons.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Odyssey Books

Year Published: December 2019

Hard Copy Available