My YA novel tells about 4 friends within an authoritarian, militaristic futuristic (post-FTL/weird psionics and stuff) society. Three of them decide to enlist to military in hopes for earning a place in university. Two of them end up as foot soldiers, one of them goes to officer training. The last of them, a daughter of a senator who was arrested by the government for encouraging a rebellion, becomes a medic who is also deployed with military to fight aliens.

Long story short, the issue is that the problems each of them deals with are very different, so that depending on whose POV I'm writing from, the style of the novel differs greatly. If I'm writing from the perspective of the foot soldiers the novel is about surviving the day on the field and dealing with the mental pressure of seeing others die around yourself and fear of being killed at any moment. If I'm writing from the perspective of the officer dude, its more of a mystery novel, with him trying to figure out the weakness and tactics of the aliens they are fighting, and trying to figure our the nature of his own psychic powers, with a bit of social drama. And finally, the medic marries a high ranking officer in exhange of freedom of her father. Her story is about dealing with sexual abuse and social drama. She also has psionic powers, the story is a bit about that too.

Will the vastly different tones of the novel between characters be more of an interesting thing, or do readers usually prefer a well-defined tone throughtout the novel?

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