Vote for the Title for Other Systems #2

Anyone who has been following my updates, know that I have been working on Other Systems #2. I have been playing with titles and just wondered  if anyone wants to vote on it!

Here are your options:

1) Other Systems: Lift

2) Other Systems: Reach

3) Other Systems: Divergence

Feel free to answer in the comments….and if anyone has any other ideas let me know… if someone comes up with something really good, you will be acknowledged in the book and you will get a free signed copy when it comes out.


Book 2’s prologue begins with Ian, a young English boy who lied to his mother in order to undergo the testing. When a Kiposi officer informs  his parents that he has been chosen, his father strikes him. However due to his mother’s tears, Ian decides to stay behind.

“Mum, please don’t cry,” he said. “I just wanted to explore the option. I wasn’t ever planning on really going. Dad, tell her. Look. Please look at me.”

He showed them the boarding pass and little booklet. “See!” And he opened the methane stove and tossed them on to the flame. For a moment, Ian considered putting his hand back into the stove, but the paper blackened and crinkled then turned to ash. His chance for the new Eden had been lost forever.

After the Kiposi leave with the second generation colonists, the book moves to Seattle. Reader’s may remember Mr. Alexander Johnson and Ray Boyd Lei from the first book, but the story mainly follows Ellie Rao Kessler one of Abby’s charges from the library.

Mr. Alexander Johnson heard the excitement mingled with sadness in his assistant’s voice as Abigail gave her resignation. She might miss working with him, but her eyes sparkled about her coming adventure.

“May God be with you, Miss Boyd Lei,” he said before he disconnected his vidscreen with a shaky hand. A few days ago when the Cloud reported the Kiposi were looking for second-generation colonists: he had known Abigail and Orchid would be chosen for the trip. The Boyd Lei girls were so bright. Their mother was beautiful. Their father was intelligent, far more than his station required. They cared about the betterment of his children and struggled to keep them in school as long as possible. A few days ago when the Cloud reported the Kiposi were looking for a generation of young colonists: he had known Abigail, Orchid, Jin, and Ray would all be welcome on a new planet.

For a moment, he felt a bit jealous. He was old. They would only take people between twelve and thirty. 


A frazzled Madam Cho Rao and her three small children were peeking inside the windows and knocking on the door. Madam Cho Rao had let her library membership expire a year ago after her husband “passed away,” but Alexander could never turn her or the children away.

“I was afraid no one would be here,” Madam Cho Rao said softly.

“Mr. Johnson, where’s Miss Boyd Lei?” Little Ellie asked. Her tiny hands formed into fists. “She’s supposed to be here!”

“Miss Boyd Lei went to a far away place called Kipos, she and her siblings were all invited,” Alexander explained. More to Madam Cho Rao than to Ellie.

Ellie’s lips started quivering. “Orchid too?”

“Yes,” Alexander said.

“Because the ships took them away?” Clive said excitedly, “Wow!”

“When are they coming back?” Ellie demanded. “Tomorrow?”

“They aren’t coming back,” Madam Cho Rao said softly.

“I want Miss Boyd Lei! I want Miss Boyd Lei and ORCHID!” Ellie screeched. Her pale cheeks glowing red with her toddler’s fury.

Madam Cho Rao moved to grab her, but Alexander pulled the child into a hug. He was surprised to find that even at his advanced age, he could still out maneuver an angry parent. “It’s fine, Madam, we’ll be fine. I’ll be hiring a new assistant as soon as I can.”

Madam Cho Rao looked on disapprovingly at her daughter’s tantrum, but clasped her hands together and bowed. She left quickly. She did not leave the children any lunch. She never did. She simply couldn’t afford it. 

The Kiposi left the space elevators to restart Earth’s space program, but no one really knows what to do with them. It takes seven years to form a plan. Now at age eleven, Ellie will run away from an arranged marriage and she will cross the world and even go all the way to our moon with dreams of a better life.  She will meet a young doctor with dreams of creating a utopia in the newly formed lunar prison colony.

So what do you think?

11 responses to this post.

  1. I’d go with Reach, personally. It’s got the most oomph of the three. And you probably want to stay far away from Divergence, since there’s a very popular YA trilogy by that name, and you don’t want people accidentally looking up those books instead of yours.


  2. Thanks for pointing that out. I didn’t know about Divergence as I don’t read a lot of YA.


  3. I don’t mind Divergence to be honest, i’m sure plenty of books out there share a similar word or two. I do like Reach, but Lift? Nah – Lift is too simple and not ‘grab-you-by-the-scruff-of-the-neck’ enough 🙂


    • Thanks Dan,
      Actually Divergence is ahead if I count the answers on FB too. But the more and more I think about it Divergence would be best for the AI story (Book 4) since they say “see ya” to the humanfolk on Earth and Kipos in the Prologue.

      BTW: I had so many bad titles for this book, Other Systems: Earth or Luna was my first idea and not a good one, then I considered left behind (another book) left overs (don’t ask, but it made me giggle)


  4. I was thinking about what I would call it, my vote out of these three would be Lift, and Left Behind had entered my mind, but I would like to throw my original vote for “Aftermath”


  5. I really like Other Systems: Reach. I think this title compels one into it with a pulling power, the word has “action.” It invites the reader to know more. (In my opinion, Divergence sounds split in direction and rather flat.

    Other Systems: Reach rings of the famous English poet: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” Robert Browning (substitute heaven with Other System).


  6. What a brilliant idea to help decide!


  7. How can I buy a copy of Other Systems #1. and #2 when its ready.


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