Queen of the Quantum Realm

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Rhonda Denise Johnson, Feb 24, 2017 - Fiction - 285 pages

 Quiet yet discontented Hadley Town is about to wake up to a nightmare.

Fourteen-year-old Jawan hadn’t been allowed to see his parents in eight years after the powerful Earth mage apprenticed him, and now he never will. They’d been struck down by the deadly purple plague that ravages Hadley Town. When his master’s magic fails to find a clue to this mystery ailment, Jawan embarks on his own search, and finds himself trapped in a world one billionth his normal size.

In the world of Nanosia where Queen Quanta is queen of the Quantum Realm, subatomic particles who have a life and culture all their own. Jawan knows he doesn’t belong in this world, but he has to find a clue to the plague and stop the dastardly Lord Elveston whose machinations threaten both worlds


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In Johnson's (The Crossroads of Time, 2015, etc.) YA fantasy, an apprentice mage, searching for a possible cure to an epidemic, stumbles upon a nefarious plan at the atomic level.
It seems that a
notoriously deadly purple plague has started to appear in Hadley Town. But the news is even worse for 14-year-old resident Jawan, the apprentice to the earth-mage Myrlo for the past eight years, as he learns that his parents' house has been specifically quarantined. Determined to find a cure, he peruses his master's research under a nanoscope and finds himself literally drawn in--that is, he mysteriously shrinks and winds up inside the cryptically labeled culture.
It turns out that a fermion named Pym has summoned him to Nanosia, believing he's the prophesied Big One from the
Big World who'll defeat Antipan, the ruler of the Realm of Chaos. Meanwhile, back in the larger world, fire-mage Elveston has a device that he claims will cure the plague. But he may have another scheme in mind involving the creation of pure energy with the help of his "accidental creation," Gelic, a positron in Nanosia. The fact that positrons are unstable, though, could mean devastation for both worlds. To keep Nanosia from falling into disarray, Jawan may have to turn to something even more powerful and dangerous. The educational value of Johnson's story is hard to miss: numerous characters are subatomic particles, which will pique the interest of younger readers who may be unfamiliar with bosons or gamma rays. But the author also stays true to the fantasy genre with her plot complications and characterizations: Jawan finds that getting back to the Big World is far from a simple task, and the villain Elveston is shown to be cruel to his journeyman (Jawan's pal Loby) and distrusted by other elemental mages. The breezy prose is often humorous, especially when describing Jawan's conspicuousness--he doesn't spin or orbit like other Nanosians. There are also a few surprises, including the reason why Jawan feels that some of the subatomic folks that he meets (including the titular Queen Quanta) look familiar. Unfortunately, not everything gets resolved by the end--although this may indicate a potential sequel.
A creative tale which makes its fantasy science fun. -- Kirkus Book Reviews

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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24

Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
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 The writer who paints pictures with words. Let the writer in me meet the reader in you.

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