I'd appreciate it if people could let me know what they would think, and what their emotions would be during and upon finishing reading a novel with the following plot and characters. My opinion, as the writer, is biased. Note that this summary is just that--a summary, and it cuts out all nonessential points of character personality and plot development. Setting- the formerly mighty nation Thallia, which is now incapacitated due to a failing economy and very vocal, powerful fringe groups which all seek outcasts to blame for the nation's strife. Thallia is roughly on tier, technology wise, with our modern world, though transportation systems are communal and regulated. This is important to the story, as it is canon (a noticeable affect of the fictional world's dwindling resources), and it also stops the characters from just quickly flying or driving wherever they need to be, especially if their business is shady. Thallia, along with most other nations in the world, enslaves a species of sub-human known as Vossians. Vossians are not simply furries or humans with long ears. While humanoid, they are about as far from human as a humanoid thing can possibly be, both in mentality and appearance. Their leg, arm, hand, and foot structures are different. Their body-type is more hunched. Their heads are also not human, though any brief description would make them seem freakish and horrifying as opposed to simply very different. Vossians cannot articulate languages as humans can, though the book hints that they may be more intelligent than Thallian propaganda claims. The reader is introduced very early via propaganda to the "evil" rival nation Voltaria, a small, advanced nation nearby which is growing in power as Thallia declines. But is Voltaria really evil? Protagonist- Nathaniel Blige (Human, Thallian) Nathaniel is a seventeen year old social recluse. He is mortally afraid of communication with people for fear of being judged. He is typically quite nervous and suspicious of people. Physically, he is awkward and gangling. Antagonist- Rowan Blige (Human, Thallian) While there are many antagonists in this story, ranging from the warring nations, to Nathaniel himself, to rogue Vossian groups, Nathaniel's brother as an antagonist is what drives the story. Rowan and Nathaniel have a good relationship, and have almost everything in common. Rowan is an artist and a believer is subjective morality, something which Nathaniel respects, but also dislikes. Secondary Character- Saeyyr (Vossian, Thallian) This is an interesting character with many dynamic qualities. Many Vossians believe their females to be more valuable than males for the fact that Vossians childbirth is even harder than human childbirth. (If that's possible.) Yet, Saeyyr is genetically infertile, which makes her disliked by Vossians, and likely to be raped by human masters who don't want any half-Vossian hybrids running around. Saeyyr never utters a line of dialogue in the book, even though she is one of the three most important characters. To compensate, she is expressive in action, tone, facial expressions, demeanor, and various hints of greater intelligence. Throughout the book, Saeyyre is also taught how to write in English, though she can only craft coherent sentences by the very end, so as to not have the awkward plot device of waiting for her to finish writing her opinions all the time, and also to not make it obvious to the reader that she is intelligent. Initially, she is flat-out contemptuous toward Nathaniel, even as she is forced to serve his entire family. Last Character- Nameless cloaked figure His/her gender isn't even known until late in the book. This is the shadowy figure which supposedly abducted Rowan and started off the plot. In reality, this character is a Voltarian refugee and artist with connections to the Thallian resistance (which the protagonist never really meets, sees, or joins). She, Sheriss Mayor, is actually in love with Rowan. I'll get to that in the plot section, however. Sheriss also has an immune-system deficiency, requiring her to wear an oxygen mask at all times. She is probably actually the most logical and cold character in the book. Plot The book is very focused on the personal journey of Nathaniel and Saeyyr searching for his brother and "kidnapper". The backdrop is one of escalating social and political tensions, but that is not shown in high detail, as I feel that would make the book too cluttered. The small Thallian resistance is also never joined or met. This isn't a military-focused book, and what action there is exists to drive the story forward. Note that issues such as the problems with over-cleanliness in society, overpopulation, and racist or "that group is evil just because" arguments are touched on in parts, though more to add flavor to the world rather than shovel propaganda. Sheriss's character, for example, is a victim of over-cleanliness in society crippling her immune system's development. Biased arguments are shown when Nathaniel and Saeyyr traveling as equals is despised for no logical reason by most of Thallian society, etc. The story is kicked off when Nathaniel's family buys a cheap Vossian slave, cheap because Saeyyr is infertile, and the family is not very successful. (Though neither are they poor.) Nathaniel, in a very vile move, tries to rape Saeyyr early in the book, as women of his own species don't like him in general, and he does not believe that Vossians are sentient. Rowan disappears. The authorities see the vanishing of a seventeen year old without struggle as a runaway, but Saeyyr claims she saw and heard otherwise. (In reality, Rowan was drafted into the Thallian military in preparation for the growing Voltarian threat, but he decided instead to leave a note to his family explaining things, and to flee to Voltaria with his Voltarian lover, Sheriss. Saeyyr takes and destroys the note, as she hates the family, Nathaniel isn't on her good side at this point, and she wants Nathaniel to take a cross-country journey with her help so that she may escape captivity.) Nathaniel does indeed go looking for his brother, and takes Saeyyr with under the belief that she can help him. Note that Saeyyre has no ability to talk or write yet, so it will take a lot of clever thinking and posturing to get Nathaniel to realistically understand Saeyyr's suggestions. The focus of the story is this journey, through which Nathaniel grows as a person, learns more about Saeyyre and Vossians in general, and has to struggle with his own feelings and morals when he eventually realizes that he is falling in love with her, largelly due to the fact that she is not human, and thus he has no problem being who he is around her. Saeyyre eventually realizes that, despite him being a human who attempted to rape her, (just like most other humans), there actually is good in humanity. Oh, and as an added bonus, Nathaniel does eventually catch up with his brother at the Voltarian border, and finds out the whole thing. He then has to figure out whether to side with his brother, or his government. Keep in mind that, by this point, Nathaniel has already freed Saeyyr from her contract of slavery willingly. Note that throughout the book, the reader and third person narrator know no more than Nathaniel. So, back to my questions, is this book to weird, in your mind, to be successful? If so, what could I change? Also, to what extent should I have Saeyyr return Nathaniel's feelings? I think it's unrealistic for her to be able to simply get over years of trauma and love him in return, especially after his actions in the beginning. P.s, sorry for the Wall-O-text.