View Full Version : Beta Request: The Girl with the Pearl Eyes (dystopian)

Squalid Glass
July 17th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Title: The Girl with the Pearl Eyes

Genre: Dystopian, political

Word Count: 76,000

Blurb: Ciego Condenado lives in Fraya, a collectivist country dedicated to pacifism, equality, and honoring the sensitives of all people by restricting all things that might offend. Those who do offend place their fates in the hands of the ruling council of Mastresses and are often shamed out of society or burned alive for their transgressions.

The Fraya people live on the border of a wall built long ago to separate them from Dorma, a country obsessed with religion, individualism, nationalism, and the law of natural hierarchies.

Both sides of the wall strictly forbid fraternity between Frayas and Dormas.

But when Ciego meets and falls in love with Sage, a Dorma whose eyes were removed and replaced with pearls as punishment for a crime against the Dorma religion, Ciego must find bravery to stand up against the things he does not believe in and to fight for his future with Sage.

Think Romeo & Juliet x Anthem x 1984

Audience Description: Preferably politically engaged adults

Expectations: I am cool with feedback in any format. I am mainly looking for macro-level feedback about pacing, world building, and tone. I am also looking for some critiques of the book’s various philosophical/political positions.

Timescale: No requirement. Preferably within 1-3 months

Available Formats: PDF, Word, Google Doc – whatever you want.

Other Information: For genre, I say political, but this is mostly a dystopian story with some elements of black comedy. For those who are familiar with the alt-right YouTube rabbit hole and people like Jordan Peterson, you are pretty much my ultra-specific target audience. The book is allegorical in how it treats modern political issues, but I really want some feedback from politically engaged people, left or right, about how the different political philosophies are portrayed. While the book does take a political position, it’s designed to critique and possibly offend most political positions, so I want some honest feedback on how the critiques are coming across, and namely, where on the political spectrum you think the book falls. That’s really important to me. That being said, if you are willing to read it and simply give feedback on story-specific issues without looking at the political stuff, that’s really appreciated as well!

I still consider myself a poet at heart, so my prose is something I am still working on improving. That being said, I feel good about where this manuscript is, and I am looking forward to any feedback.

July 17th, 2019, 07:55 AM
I'd be interested in reading this over the rest of this summer. I wouldn't call myself politically engaged, but I am able to discuss the subject reasonably well so it's probably okay. When you ask for critique on the philosophical/political positions, do you mean on how they are presented or on the positions themselves? Thanks

July 17th, 2019, 09:06 AM
Can I beta this? I seem to recall reading some of this before - Masteresses and Fraya ring bells. Isn't this the one where a girl finds some shiny thing in a hole in the wall? I like the idea of politically-themed fiction anyway.

Squalid Glass
July 17th, 2019, 08:08 PM
Arrow: Thanks for the offer. With the political/philosophical positions, I am just looking for impressions. Basically, how do you think the various positions are being presented in the story and what do you think the book's position ultimately is. I know what it is to me, but I want to know how others see it.

Charles: Thank you! Yes, I posted a draft of the first chapter awhile back in the workshop. Now I finally finished it!

Thank you both. I really appreciate your time. I will PM you so we can set something up.

July 17th, 2019, 08:58 PM
a country obsessed with religion, individualism, nationalism, and the law of natural hierarchies.
That's surprisingly nuanced for a fictional political ideology. I would be interested in beta reading this as well.

Squalid Glass
July 17th, 2019, 10:49 PM
Thanks for the offer! I really appreciate it.

August 18th, 2019, 09:18 AM
Charles: Thank you! Yes, I posted a draft of the first chapter awhile back in the workshop. Now I finally finished it!

Done and replied :) if you have any questions please let me know

Squalid Glass
August 18th, 2019, 08:25 PM
Charles, thank you so much! I appreciate it greatly. Your feedback was detailed and thoughtful, and my story will improve tremendously because of it. Many thanks, again.

August 19th, 2019, 02:55 AM
Hey, emailed my response today. Good luck bud. If you have anything you'd like to ask about my notes and critique just shoot me an email.

Squalid Glass
August 19th, 2019, 05:48 AM
Thank you so much for the time and effort. I really appreciate it!

Darren White
September 16th, 2019, 03:45 PM
Hi Squalid, did you find enough beta readers?
I'm slowly walking through the requests, and will close those threads where authors have found readers :)

Squalid Glass
September 16th, 2019, 05:52 PM
I’m good. You can close it up.

Darren White
September 16th, 2019, 06:49 PM
Thank you
And done :)