I’m still having fits over the title for Privileged Lives. The present title has already been used several times for other books, and I prefer one that’s easy to find in a search. Multiple books with the same title make thaat harder. So, here’s a list of current choices, and an opportunity for you readers to have a say in which one I finally choose.
Privileged Lives and Other Lies — the original and the one I like best. Too long, too confusing?
Empty Promises, Privileged Lives
Closely Guarded Lies
I’d ask for other suggestions, but this early on, there isn’t enough to go on. Still, if you want to make a stab at it . . . The description at the head of Chapter 1 might help.
“The United States has devolved into a nation trying to survive climate change, resource depletion and economic disaster. The by-word of the military/corporate government is “Survival at any cost.” 15-year-old Linden, a brilliant high school junior, is drafted for an elite college program that doesn’t take “no” for an answer. Bennett, Linden’s tutor/advisor, who’s also been drafted, finds that his role isn’t as benign as it was made to sound. Together, they face the pressures exerted by the military provost of the college, and the dangers that come with trying to preserve a tiny core of personal freedom.”