Fervent Exposure – Hovers

April 16, 2011 at 1:14 am (Fervor, Hovers, writing)

The main source of transportation on Fervor, aside from walking, is the hovers. There are three types of hovers, but only two are mentioned in Fervor. The third is touched on in Elevation, the novel that will be following Fervor.

At the beginning of Fervor, the children in the story have only ever been exposed to the standard passenger hovers. Fuelled by the psychokinetic energies of its driver, the shorter snub-nosed vehicles are not exceptionally speedy, but are much more expeditious than travelling on foot. A journey from the shore to the central Hub, which takes days when walked, can be made in half a day in the passenger hover. None of the children have ever been taught to drive, it would seem with good reason, and there are negative consequences when those amongst them take it upon themselves to try:

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t feel it, Nathan explained. ―Just like this one. He rolled up his sleeve to reveal a blistered burn on his forearm that was oozing a clear liquid. ―Or this one. He rolled up his other sleeve to expose a deep gash lined with a newly forming layer of pus. ―I tried to get a hover going, and I almost had it, too. Then it started to overheat, and, well…

It is not until Sam meets up with Elliot that he finds out about the second type of hover, and the first one he encounters is not in the best of shape:

The object that had captured Sam’s attention was a very unusual looking hover, badly damaged and lying upside-down on a series of seaweed covered rocks. Most likely, he assumed, Elliot’s hover.

The average hover was shorter and stouter, not meant for high speeds or travelling great distances. The island hovers were also fabricated from fairly light-weight and flexible metal, meant for ease of use, for regular outings, where as the one perched haphazardly on the rocks appeared to be a much sturdier construct, intended for longer journeys over greater distances and to be made at higher speeds. He wondered how fast Elliot had been able to make that hover go, when it was in proper working condition.

The other thing that Sam noticed about the magical device, even from a distance, was that it was much larger than the regular hovers on Fervor. The snub nosed vehicles that he had ridden in, in what now felt like ages past, were designed to carry four people, at most, and that had been the maximum combination of minder and children per household before the second exodus. This beast of a hover, on the other hand, looked like it could carry at least twice that.

Next week – Royce’s Hide-out

Starting this Monday, I’ll be adding A Blurb on Others’ Words segment to my blog where my partner in literary crime, Barb, and I will be reviewing other people’s books. This will be a recurring feature on Mondays. Anyone interested in having their book considered for review can contact me at chantellyb@hotmail.com.

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