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.
(“Hearken,” from Shards and Ashes, 19 February 2013)
The cover for Shards & Ashes, an anthology edited by Melissa Marr and Kelly Armstrong, has been revealed. Veronica Roth, Kami Garcia and several other authors will be featured in the anthology set to release in February 2013.
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
“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
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.
(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.