Hey guys, I'm currently working on my first fully fledged novel that I have tried to develop rather than make up as I go along. However, the 5 page plot summary I currently have is radically different in terms of structure compared to most novels. Yes, there is a clear climax and conclusion, but those are the only real trademark moments in the story. As well as that, I didn't really follow any guides on creating a good plot as I wanted to write it as I pleased, so I really went with how I felt the plot should go. Because this is my first novel, and becuase of how hugely different the plot is to most traditional structures, I am quite protective of revealing the contents of it. Because of that, I will only post a summary in bullet points. Could you tell me if this sound unique, exciting, unexpected and emotionally satisfying? Post apocolyptic world after nuclear war Man goes to settlement for x reason Quite peaceful with a calm leader Settlement in war with some sort of creatures, saying things like "You'll pay" and "You're no better than us" One creature taken by settlement soldiers, settlement leader beats him excessively violently to the man's surprise, only stops when man physically holds him back Family in settlement disappear, nobody seems to know who they were/care, only their son John is alive Settlement leader has no idea what has happened but suggests creatures kidnapped them, gives man + John 2 hours to find them (thinks they will attack if settlement gate left unlocked for too long) John + man kidnapped by creatures, leader is quite calm and human Explains related to settlement leader in some way, was kicked out because wanted settlement leader to stop a certain completely wrong practise (what that practise is I'll let you decide ) Explains creatures were just sevrely disfigured humans with skitzophrenia as a result of not being in shelter during the bombings Man + John say family have gone missing, creature leader says they could be experiancing the same thing right now and this is "the last straw" Final battle between creatures and settlement troops, John + man on creatures side, settlement leader seems dictator-like saying he was doing it "for the greater good" John killed, man cornered and makes speech revealing the horrors that were occuring in secret: This convinces troops to drop their weapons and turn them on settlement leader Find the family unharmed Settlement leader spared, after revealing horrors he commited to others in the settlement there is a vote on what to do, he is executed by a small margin of the vote Funeral for John, new settlement made consisting of both creatures and normal people, named "New Eden" Again, this is an extremely simplified version of the plot as I don't want to give too much away. But anyway, thoughts? Edit: If you think this is too simplified and just comes across as confusing, let me know. If many people find this to be the case, I'll make a new summary that adds a LOT more information.