Hey everyone! I'm stoked to be a part of this great forum full of so many knowledgeable people. I've been slaving away at this query letter for my first full-length novel. All feedback is appreciated! Dear (Agent's Name), GIFTED is a 75,000-word YA science fiction manuscript with series potential. It will appeal to fans of X-MEN and BATTLE ROYALE. Sixteen-year-old Max hates living in the Cage. He gets poked and prodded on the daily like some lab rat. The food sucks. He doesn't get much time to hang out with friends, and his family can’t visit. About the only time he feels alive is when he's learning cool new abilities like water teleportation. Think Nightcrawler but through water. He doesn’t believe he’s special, not when comparing himself with his peers. Little does he know, his new teleportation trick may hold the key to saving those he loves. Things get even hairier when the Director orders Max to kill his new friend, Kyro, a fellow water user, in the name of research. The Director believes the Gifted ones who kill other Gifted absorb their energy to enhance their abilities. Max doesn’t comply with his outrageous demand. Not at first. Not until the Director threatens the lives of his parents and Kyro’s little sister. Max must now figure out a way to escape the Cage in time to save them. But murdering his own has created an irreparable rift with his peers, and they're looking for vengeance. After confirming Max has grown more powerful since killing Kyro, the Director decides the next step in his research is to pit Gifted against Gifted in a fight to the death, and he’s designated Max as public enemy number one. But Max has learned some new tricks that gives him a clear advantage over most of his peers. Now he must make a choice: save his loved ones or save what’s left of his humanity. GIFTED is my first full-length manuscript. I just recently self-published a short story. I’ve included the first five pages for your review. Thank you for your time and consideration.