ooooh okay! not sure I'll be able to describe my story very well but here goes:
(also it is set in the star wars universe but really it's just an adventure story)
two jedi padawans - blaze, adventurous and reckless, riyah, perceptive and introverted - who've been best friends since birth, escape an attack on their lives whilst travelling through space and find themselves on the run. while they escape relatively unharmed, they do have to witness the death of their best friends and mentors, feeling immensely guilty that they couldn't save them
they crashland on a lonely desert planet, where everyone seems empty and lifeless. there, they meet a qili, cynical mechanic who reluctantly gives them shelter. she's all alone after a failed uprising against her planet's corrupt government led to the deaths of her family. since then, she's refused to let anyone in, but can't help but feel like she should help these girls - after all, they have nobody either.
weeks pass, and one day they come across a droid wandering the desert, emitting some kind of message. with nothing better to do, they decode it and discover its origins - a secret society dedicated to providing shelter to those on the run, the sanctuary guild. a place that could solve all their problems. obsessed with tracking it down, they follow a trail of clues across the galaxy and come across ceryn, another young woman - an ardent campaigner, pacifist and believer in non-violence - running from her city's war.
the trail leads to a cold, snow-covered world. as soon as they arrive, riyah senses something off about the place. however, so close to the end goal, blaze can't back down now. however, riyah's fears are confirmed when they are ambushed by hostile bandits and almost killed - but suddenly, they're saved (god that sounds way worse on a synopsis!) by karolt, blaze's former mentor, who both had presumed dead. though the danger has seemingly passed, riyah's sense of dread hasn't.
they're led to a safe warehouse by karolt, who assures them he can find a safe place to hide. but when the warehouse doors slam shut behind them, they realise the truth. twisted by desperation, karolt is no longer on their side. (this story sounds so bad on paper!!) they attempt to fight him, but lacking training are no match for his experience. riyah is taken to who knows where - that's a matter for book 2 lmao
I want the book to feel like an adventure, an escape. yes, there's danger, but it's like cosy danger, if you get what I mean. I want it to feel like a medieval quest in space - four brave people travelling, following clues to a mysterious end goal. and of course, they learn stuff about themselves and help each other grow (that sounds so mushy ugh) along the way.
that sounded absolutely terrible. I promise it's better than it sounds.