BURIED DEEP IN OUR DNA, SOMETHING ANCIENT IS AWAKENING
The year is 3231 CE. Humanity is changing, and EXO special warfare operator Derek Mondragon can barely keep up. For one, “human” has left the lexicon—“accidentals,” as biologically unaltered humans are known, occupy Earth and Mars with “newstylers,” a growing class of bio-engineered shapeshifters.
When the newstylers rebellion ends in an uneasy truce, Mondragon and his buddy Don are sent to clean up. It was supposed to be by the book—in, out, easy. But Don, a Gnosint trained from birth to read unreadable patterns, takes a pulse laser round to the head.
Waiting for his friend to recover, Mondragon remembers Don’s most recent obsession: the fifteenth-century Voynich manuscript. There was something about a prophecy, a cryptographic key hidden in the deepest strands of human DNA… but there’s no time. The Emperor has issued the Edict of Shanghai, a decree making the bio-engineering of Mars’s hatchery children obligatory—and it won’t be long before Mondragon’s daughter is among them. Mondragon’s days of playing by the rules ... are over.
Aran Jane’s Mondragon is a stunning and deeply complex debut that explores what it means to be human. Blending philosophy, theoretical science, and breakneck action, Mondragon chronicles the full spectrum of nature and artifice through one man’s rebellion against a tyrant’s plot.
Mondragon was written using Dramatica Story Expert, a story development software program, which helps writers look at story in an entirely new way. Beyond simply a paradigm or sequence of cultural beats, Dramatica theorizes why stories exist and attempts to outline the processes and dramatic touchpoints needed to tell a successful and meaningful story.
If you are familiar with Dramatica, you can check out Mondragon’s Dramatica Story Analysis below.
A battle-weary special forces operator, committed to protecting a future fit for the next generation, leads a mixed group of humans and self-styled mutants to prevent a statistically likely genocide with far-reaching, possibly Cosmic, implications.
8 of the 12 essential questions
Main Character Resolve: Derek changes his essential nature while attempting to solve the story’s problem.
Main Character Growth: Regarding Derek, the audience is waiting for something to start.
Main Character Approach: Derek prefers a physical solution to his problem.
Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Derek uses holistic problem-solving techniques.
Story Driver: Regarding the overall plot, decisions force actions to be taken.
Story Limit: The story climax occurs because all options have been exhausted.
Story Outcome: Regarding the overall plot, the original goal is achieved.
Story Judgment: Good
Derek ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.
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Saving Humanity from extinction
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