I started this book last fall in the OYAN Sci-fi program and have so far gone through two drafts of unknown word counts and am currently at around 40,000 word mark on the 3rd and hopefully final draft. I intend to complete it this summer, and expect the finished product to be ~200,000 words, probably more. So far the cast of main characters include: Agatha - the first narrator, an ex-cult member and serial killer. Not a very nice person, takes social darwinism way too seriously. She is the funniest character though, and tries to only viciously murder scumbags (cult members). Her half-sister thinks she's a shitty baby sitter, which is true. Because she grew up in a cult and was raised by a sadistic mother, she doesn't know a lot of things about how the real world works, nor what is morally acceptable and what is not. She once made her adoptive family joe and sally burgers because she thought that people were a perfectly acceptable source of meat. She has either PTSD or psychopathy, or both, and is prone to going postal when something reminds her of her time in the cult. Her favorite pastimes are all combat oriented which only makes her more dangerous. Mave- the second narrator, the first narrator's albino half-sibling. Is an annoying know-it-all drama queen. Due in part to her being only 12 years old. She is generally empathetic and nice, however, she does snap at people and insult them if they harass her. She grew up outside the city and the worst thing in her childhood was when one of her (5) younger siblings put a centipede in her shoe and she stepped on it. She is the most intelligent character, and wants to become a doctor or a botanist. She hasn't decided. However, because her parents don't want to rain on her parade, they have neglected to inform her that she can't go to college because the cult Agatha came from thinks albinos are magical and would dismember her on site. Taba- Agatha's mother. Ever heard of Elizabeth Báthory? Taba is like Elizabeth Báthory combined with Adolf Hitler. She’s a nuclear physicist turned harbinger of the apocalypse turned cult leader, turned dictator, turned, as the urban legends would have it, god. Due to population deficits, she had to cut back on her people hunting (orchestrated events intended cleanse the population of heretics, inquisition style, except with more casualties, because the point was never religious purity.) and now faces a new threat, posed by more free-thinking populous in the other half of the city which has slowly been building up defenses in preparation for the inevitable battle between themselves and Taba. Taba was not as bad a mother as you might expect, in that Agatha was never actually killed at any point, just hospitalized on multiple occasions, thus her PTSD. Destre, or as everyone calls him, Des- is both Agatha and Mave’s father. He was comedian before he met Taba in college. Their relationship lasted about a year and a half and he is still traumatized by it 15 years later. After being forced to flee the city when Taba and her followers started massacring people in the streets and dropping bombs in rebellious districts, Des assumed that Agatha, whom he had been unable to stop Taba from taking, was dead and at the point the novel starts out at, has more or less moved on and married Maud, who is not an abusive psychopath. He is now the father of five kids who don’t know anything about the city, or, colony to be more precise, and certainly not anything about Taba or Agatha. That is, until suddenly they have a mean older sibling who treats their dad like an indentured servant. An older sibling who their mother very obviously dislikes and keeps them away from her as much as possible. Maud- Mave and her siblings’ mother. Was a pre-med student before the apocalypse and now serves as the community Doctor. Knows a lot about plants as she has to derive medicine from them. Is generally kind, but doesn't tolerate BS. Where Des is a pushover and a bit co-dependent, she's strong willed and independent, and has a good sense of right and wrong, and she's not the kind of person to harm others for the sake of justice and thinks such things are sinful no matter what. I still do not know what genre this is, and probably will not know until I'm finished. Scratch that. Is black comedy a genre? I think it is. This is black comedy.