Luna Labs (stylized as Luna Labs with no space) is a completed web novella written by Quotev user drєaмιng. It follows Luna Rosaline - the titular character - who is a mage-like person known as a Grace, born with magical abilities. The story is written from her perspective as she attempts to escape from the government-founded laboratory that has kept her prisoner for all of her life due to her special abilities, along with hundreds of other so-called Graces.
The novella was first published in August of 2016, and finished in January of 2018. A still-running sequel, Luna Labs: Revelation was published in March of 2018.
Luna Labs contains examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Technically averted, as Luna doesn't know her parents, but her de facto guardian, the Head Scientist, certainly isn't the nicest to her.
- Action Girl: Essentially every female character in the book, but particularly Luna, Shade, and Layla.
- A Death in the Limelight: Most evident with Lettie and Tamara, who have several chapters focusing on them among others towards the end, then are killed off in the last chapter.
- Aerith and Bob: There are characters named Layla, Irene, and Derek, but also Lumielle, Data, and Valerian.
- After Action Patchup: Chapter Twenty-Six with Luna and Derek.
- Almost Kiss: Chapter Twenty-Six is the most notable example.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: The Head Scientist gives one of these to Luna in Chapter Twenty-Eight.
- Anyone Can Die: Heavily invoked in the final chapter.
- Break the Badass: Shade, during Chapter Thirty.
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys: The trope speaks for itself.
- Chandler's Law: Invoked in almost any chapter that involves a fight scene. Chapters One, Eighteen, and Twenty-Nine are some of the first to come to mind.
- Cruel Twist Ending: Chapter Thirty is particularly cruel to the main characters, leaving half of them dead, and the surviving ones permanently traumatized after the battle.
- Corporal Punishment: It's explicitly stated that test subjects are physically harmed if they don't comply (Luna is no exception to this). Lettie is also beaten when she refuses to answer questions when interrogated.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Layla, and to a lesser extent, Shade. They both have 'dark' magic, but Layla is far from evil, and Shade is more of an anti-hero than anything else.
- Dislikes the New Guy: Explicitly said to Luna by Shade
- Drama Bomb: Used several times, most notably in Chapter Twenty-Eight when Luna is forced to trade her limited freedom for the lives of five hostages. Up to this point, nothing so relevant to the plot had happened for several chapters.
- Good Girl Gone Bad: Hinted to be where Luna's character development is headed.
- Hates Small Talk: Shade. Always a fan of getting straight to the point.
- Graceful Ladies like Purple: Lumielle is the main example of this trope - feminine, gorgeous, and elegant.
- I Just Want to Be Free: What the entire novella is built around.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Luna, at first. Less of the 'bitchy' variety, and more of the 'distant' one.
- TeethClenched Teamwork: The rebels and Luna towards the beginning of the book.
- The Fake Cutie: Astrid.
- True Blue Femininity: Irene.