The adventure takes place on an Earth on which intelligence evolved long before humans appeared. When conflict flares between humans and the ancient multi-species Tsaeb civilization, the Tsaeb send a young warrior named Corr Syl to investigate and recommend a response.
To this point in his life, Corr Syl's only responsibility has been to obey his parents and his warrior trainer. But now he is becoming interested in the beautiful but aloof Rhya Bright, and he is getting assignments form his local district council. When he begins to investigate the human conflict, he learns that spies have infiltrated his district, and he realizes that many lives are in danger. He catches a glimpse of something truly evil, and with no time to spare, recommends a plan that will end the immediate dangers, but that might start a war.
The district council sends Rhya Bright with Corr. Corr and Rhya work together on the plan and become very close. When the Tsaeb apply the plan, they trigger a simmering hatred that unleashes a massive global strike against the Tsaeb.
Dr. Garry Rogers (website) has a PhD in Physical Geography. He taught university courses in climatology, ecology, environmental science, geomorphology, and soils, and conducted research on landscape change in the deserts of the western U. S. and on the Atlantic coastal plain. His books, articles, and blog posts focus on environmental problems. Nature conservation is the underlying theme for his debut novel, "Corr Syl the Warrior."
"A beautifully written YA novel that will captivate environmentalists and sci-fi fans of all ages."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Stories Told by the Leading Character, #Corr Syl, #Writing
By Garry Rogers
Revised: July 19, 2013
The protagonist in a novel often imagines or recalls events that are not part of the main story. Nesting small stories within a story is a common literary device sometimes referred to as mise en abyme. An article in Wikipedia discusses the many types of nested stories. Here I am referring to stories narrated by a protagonist and nested well with a main story.
Nesting self-contained stories within a larger narrative is probably as old a technique as story telling itself. The storyteller often draws the story from a remembered experience, but sometimes tells a fictional story heard or invented. A nested story may make up the bulk of a chapter; it can even stand alone, seemingly unrelated to the main story. Steinbeck uses the latter in his depiction of the two boys in Chapter 26 in Cannery Row.
Some books are composed entirely of stand-alone stories framed by a unifying plot. Canterbury Tales and One Thousand and One Nights are examples. Collections of children's stories such as Winnie the Pooh are similar, but repeating characters, not the plot unite them. One of my projects is a collection of children's stories united by a single character whose excesses of ego and poor judgment, creates circumstances that form the plot for each story.
Nested stories serve many purposes. Steinbeck used them to give views of his theme. The stories can also show character motivations and they can reveal details of history and background for the main story. Thus, they can support the reality of the main story.
Click here (and click the excerpt link on the next page) for an example of a nested story told by Corr Syl, the protagonist in the novel Corr Syl the Warrior. The proofing marks are Corr's. They were included to show the poor rabbit's confusion over Rhya Bright. The story serves to elaborate on the background of the protagonist's culture and his occupation, and it foreshadows a tragic scene involving the protagonist and a childhood friend.