Excerpt from "Hearken" (from the Shards and Ashes anthology)

Today is the release day of Shards and Ashes, an anthology of dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories that I was fortunate enough to participate in. It was edited by the fabulous Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong, and the contributing authors are amazing. It’s like a YA author explosion of awesome.

To celebrate the fact that the anthology is finally here, I’m putting up this excerpt from my short story, which is called “Hearken.” My story is about a girl, Darya, who gets a brain implant to hear the music of the dying in the midst of an apocalypse. In this scene, she’s riding a bus with her father.

“You know, when I was young, people didn’t like Hearkeners much,” her father said.

Darya watched the man across from her. His eyes remained steady on the floor. She could hear his breaths through the slats in the mask–not loud, but louder than unfiltered breaths.

“Why not?” she asked.

“Because they were seen as an unnecessary expenditure,” he said, “Not worth the cost, I mean. But the people over at the Bureau for the Promotion of Arts were very insistent that music would help a troubled world. And then when people started dying…” He shrugged. “Everyone started to understand why Hearkeners were so important.”

“Why are they so important?”

“Because what they hear…it’s like hearing something beyond us. Something bigger than us.” He smiled down at her. “It reminds us that there’s so much more going on in this world than we can see with our eyes and touch with our hands.”

Darya didn’t quite understand what her father meant, but she knew there was something beautiful in it all the same.

Then she heard something–quickening breaths from the man across from them. She saw a bead of sweat roll down the side of his forehead. He looked so harmless–he was short, with salt-and-pepper hair and a white, collared shirt. His slacks were pressed, creased. He was not a killer. But the peculiar blend of fear and determination in his eyes was enough to make Darya’s breaths stop completely.

As the man in the mask moved to get off the bus, he took a canister from his bag and dropped it on the ground. It was an object she had only seen in pictures–dull metal, about six inches long, as thick as her wrist, with an opening at one end to let out the gas.

Someone screamed.

(“Hearken,” from Shards and Ashes, 19 February 2013)


Out today! The Shards & Ashes anthology. Gripping and powerful original stories of dystopian worlds from New York Times bestselling authors

  • Kelley Armstrong
  • Rachel Caine
  • Kami Garcia
  • Nancy Holder
  • Melissa Marr
  • Beth Revis
  • Veronica Roth
  • Carrie Ryan
  • Margaret Stohl

My story’s called “Love is a Choice,” and it’s about Orion and his decision to become the man you see in Across the Universe. Here’s what Midnight Book Girl had to say about it: 

I liked Across the Universe, but to be honest, I found Orion’s story even more compelling!  I loved learning his history and how he evolved from Elder to Orion.

I hope you check this anthology out! And head on over to my blog for a chance to WIN it!

Algumas criticas de leitores sobre o conto de Veronica Roth “ Hearken” para o livro Shards  & Ashes no Good Reads:

- “This is one of my favorites! I love the idea of hearkens especially the idea that music could be the only thing to save the world. I just think it was really fast paced and it would be better if it will be a book. I’d definitely read it!” - Diana

Tradução: “Esse é um do meus preferidos. Eu amei a ideia do herarkens, especialmente a ideia da música poder salvar o mundo. Só acho que foi muito curto e rápido, daria um livro. e Eu definitivamente leria”.

- “In all honesty, I was expecting to hate this story. I really was not impressed with Divergent and had no higher hopes for this short story. Well, it just goes to show that giving authors a second chance can be a good thing. I really did like this. The concept is fascinating”. - Christina 

Tradução: “Para se honesta. Eu pensei que ia odiar a história. Eu, de verdade, não gostei de Divergente e pensei que não ia gostar dessa pequena história. Bem, isso mostra que devemos dar uma segunda chance ao autores. Eu realmente gostei do conto. O conceito dele é fascinante”>

- “Veronica Roth gives us great character development and a wonderful message. This easily became one of my favorites out of the bunch”. - Vanessa

Tradução: Veronica Roth nos deu um grande personagem e uma maravilhosa mensagem. Facilmente, esse é o meu conto favorito de todos.

-  “I like the main character a lot, I felt her feelings and reactions were realistic. However I felt the rest of the world buildings was a little too minimal, and I didn’t fully understand what had happened to the world but this story was really good for only being 38 pages! Wouldn’t have minded if this was a full-length novel!” - Brooke

Tradução: Eu gostei muito do personagem principal, eu senti sua emoções e suas reações eram bem realista. Contudo, eu senti que o resto do universo da história era muito pequeno, mas essa história é realmente boa para apenas 38 páginas, daria uma saga. 

E não para por ai, para ver as diversas opiniões acesse AQUI

To-Be-Released Tuesday!

Book: Shards and Ashes 

Authors: Kelley Armstrong
Rachel Caine
Kami Garcia
Nancy Holder
Melissa Marr
Beth Revis
Veronica Roth
Carrie Ryan
Margaret Stoh

Summary: (from Amazon)The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few and their courage is tested.

Powerful original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world.

Release Date: 2/19/13

Purchase here!

Have a great week and and make sure to read!

Shards and Ashes and  Grace’s Guide

(Just a note- I’m not going to have pictures of the covers here because it was really difficult to format them right last time)

Hey guys!  So I finished Shards and Ashes, an anthology by top YA fiction authors, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong, as well as Grace’s Guide last week.  I meant to make a post then, but I couldn’t figure out how to review the anthology.

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