Dear Query Shark,
Humans are evil and that’s a fact.
Yikes! You do know that everyone (well, except for me!) who reads this is human, right? Also, 'humans' is abstract rather than specific. Thus it slaps us across the face but doesn't really tell us anything. In other words, not an effective opening line.
Or at least, that’s what Star, or Stardancer if you want to get technical, believes. Anyone who had heard the horror stories would think the same. Granted, Star is a hybrid, making her part human. But the wolf DNA in her genome separates her from them. She has no problem leveling her arrow at a human.
There are a lot of goods reasons you should start with the main character. That it is specific right away is just one of them.
Consider: Star has no problem leveling her arrow at a human. Granted, she's a hybrid -part human- but she's heard the horror stories. Aren't all humans evil?
If they haven't been seen in hundreds of years, how does she know she'd have no trouble pointing her arrow at one?
But all good things must come to an end.
You don't need both "all good things come to an end" and "Star's world is rocked etc." While those sentences don't mean the same thing, they convey the same moment in the story, that is things are now going to change.
Also, withdrawing is the wrong word here. Withdrawing conveys that the process is still ongoing (ie happening now), but we know humans haven't been seen in a hundred years. Thus they have withdrawn to their polluted planet. This is the kind of writing that gives me pause because it means you're not fully in command of your craft yet.
And here you are, back to abstract generalities: obliterates every preconception; tell up from down.
What specifically happens? Cassy isn't evil. How does Star find out? ONE well chosen instance.
But what Star sees now is just the tip of a massive darkness. The colony masquerades for a larger plan. A true evil, which threatens everything Star fights for, bares its teeth hungrily, ready to pounce. And the struggle that unfolds will force Star to choose; abandon her beliefs or die.
And more generalities. "Run! Run! The world is ending" isn't anywhere near as frightening as "I have a gun pointed at your head." In a query, a pointed gun is what you need, not a general call to alarm for every Middlesex village and farm...
oh wait, I digress. That's from Paul Revere's Ride. "The British are coming, the British are coming" is pretty effective of course, but it depends on knowing what those Brits were up to. We don't have any clue what the Larger Plan, True Evil is up to. Keep the stakes as personal and real as you can.
EYE OF THE STAR is a high action, plot driven novel designed for middle grade readers that mixes elements from past, present, and future.
what? MIDDLE GRADE??
This doesn't feel at all like a middle grade book to me. For starters the stakes are way too abstract. A middle grade audience is middle schoolers and younger. For those readers, things have to feel real, and to feel real they MUST be personal.
Also middle grade books generally have very young characters. You don't mention any ages here and when I got this I assumed teen age or up for all the characters.
At 50,000 words, this novel this novel sees mankind through the eyes of something no longer human, as she discovers that the world, no, the universe, is not so black and white.
Your sentence structure conveys that this novel discovers the world. She (a pronoun) refers to the preceding noun (in this case this novel). Again, this kind of writing says you're not yet in command of your craft.
And repeating "this novel" is such sloppy proofreading that I actually went back to your original email to make sure I did not copy and paste incorrectly.
I don't say this to shame you; my daily blog has at least one typo a day, and there are readers who have fun finding them and letting me know. BUT your query must rise to a higher standard than daily shark yammering. Your query tells me not just about the story, but about how meticulous you are about your writing.
This kind of error tells me I'll find more of the same in your book, and more than anything else, that's why I'd say no to this. I can't read a novel that needs copy editing. Developmental editing sure, but NOT copy editing.
Thank you for your consideration.
You've got a couple big problems here. The biggest one is that I think you need more writing time. You learn to revise by writing and revising. And not by revising the same novel over and over. You need fresh material to revise.
I think you might need to read more middle grade. If you haven't read more than 100 middle grade books you haven't read enough. And by read, I do NOT mean just read for fun. Read to see how other authors address the problems you have here (abstract stakes; character ages, etc.)
Read both really good books (those that get awards and Best of Year selections) but also read books that are popular. Those aren't often the same thing.
You don't mention if you're a member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators. If you're writing middle grade, membership isn't an option. It's a requirement. It's a group of people who have successfully done what you're trying to do and learning from them has lower stakes than starting to query and getting a face full of rejection.
Here's the link for them.
One very good thing is your initial question. You knew this query wasn't working. You weren't sure why but you did know. That bodes well for you.
The problem isn't your query. Time for a pause, a stretch of reading/writing/reworking.