the splinter world

i’ve always been the girl in love with purple skies, lingering mornings and 3 am lights in the night. i suppose the sunset always told me way more colors than people did. growing with the shades and spotlights, i fell in love with the world in splintered seconds and lasting minutes.

i asked the sunset if she ever gets a “goodnight sweetheart” from the moon and she does. i guess it will be our little secret, hidden with loving safety between the twilight and me.

i fell in with all of the wonders and magic of the world, but also my hazy mind. i bet there’s divination there too, waiting to be found.

fic rec friday

Topic of the Day: Post-Apocalypse! (as in, after the end of the world, not after the next movie–although I am very excited to see what fic we’ll get for that!) What better way to start a new year than to read about the end of the world?! :D Check out more post-apocalypse fic here.

The Word for World Is Winter - T - 3k - Ook

Charles is trying to head south, out of winter’s grasp and Shaw’s both, when he is noticed by a strange convoy…

Notes: This fic is so good! Such great worldbuilding and Charles’ emotions are so real.  Amazing.

Splinter - NR - 3k - nekosmuse

The world has been irrevocably changed, swept clean by war and disease. Charles and Erik meet on the abandoned island of Genosha to discuss twin futures: theirs and mutantkind’s. Not all paths lead to salvation, but everyone deserves a second chance.

aka: Love is complicated.

Notes: a lonely reunion fic where Charles and Erik visit each other at the end of the world–with lots of introspection and quiet emotion.  Beautiful.

The Stumbling-Forward Ache - T - 2k - Red

Kinkmeme fill for a prompt requesting a “The Road”-type dystopia. Shaw wins, and everyone else loses, and Erik and Charles find themselves back on America’s much-changed roads.

Notes: this is short but so well crafted it doesn’t even matter.  A beautiful and sad look into life when Charles and Erik are almost alone.

The Last One to Die - M - 15k - Kairin16

Living while everything around you is dying and things you need to survive are scarce can be hard. Collecting a group of people who can hardly even reach his elbow, Erik sets out on a journey to find a safe place to wait out the destruction of the world around him. It’s not easy and he encounters loss, fear and a danger of losing everything he has now for a chance to gain something he misses, but hope is hard to kill and his hope is waiting for him in Westchester.

But not everything can be predicted and life tends to play cruel jokes on people that need light the most. The world will burn and there’s nothing any of them can do about it. Besides, won’t it be better in the end?

This is a story about a journey, hope and survival in a post-nuclear world where none of these things can be taken for granted. We follow Erik as he struggles to keep everyone in his little group safe and sane while not losing his own faith in the semi-happy endings. He’ll have a chance to change everything for the better, but will he succeed in not making the same mistakes?

Notes: I love this story so much.  The non-linear narrative builds to emotional plot so well. Guh.

Stargazer - T - 8k - Sophia_Bee

Charles Xavier is a decedent of the few mutants who survived a massive radiation blast meant to wipe out their kind. He is also a Runner. He rides his motorbike across the desert in the darkness of night, dodging a dangerous landscape and giant armed sentries who are intent on wiping out any mutant they find above ground. He’s one of the best, but lately he’s been distracted by his dreams; dreams of grass, sunshine and a metalbender from the stars who tells him he loves him.

Notes: The world-building here is fantastic! Very exciting read.

Previous Recs - The Zombie-Apocalypse list, if you’re interested!

November Book Photo Challenge

Day 19: Multiple Copies  Freebie

So I don’t buy multiple copies of books I read so instead I give you a collage of books

Throne of Glass #5 (via Goodreads) - Possibly subject to change

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down? 

Hardcover, 384 pages

Expected publication: September 6th 2016