Mary Ellen Quire
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Even in grade school, my favorite assignment was when the teacher asked us to use our imaginations and write a story about whatever topic she'd deemed important enough to write about. As time went by, I found writing to be the foundation of my happiness. If I'm not writing, something is definitely wrong. But that's the way it is with a lot of writers.
I have lived in Kentucky all of my life, and for those who may wonder, yes I have managed to get out of the state on occasion. I live with my wonderful husband and various animal squatters who decide to make my home theirs whenever they see fit. It is from one of these squatters, Sheldon, that I came up with one of the diaries I write now. Sheldon became a knight, not just the furry lump on the couch who tries his best to trip me whenever he takes a notion, and to this day his imaginary adventures fill my computer screen.
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on May 18, 2014
I read a part of Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger in the Wonderstruck anthology and knew I had to read more. Messenger does a great job with this story about a college student, Xander, who finds that he is one of the four element group or castes that are responsible for the Earth’s circle of life. This is a coming of age story with a bit more boost than you might expect and there are many surprises that will keep you wanting more.
on May 23, 2014
I decided to read The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor to see what all of the hubbub was about and with her third book in the series recently released, I needed to catch up. So, I began the first book content in the belief I was reading just another dystopian novel involving an unfortunate teenager caught in the trap of a society gone wrong. There would be sick and twisted governmental games, yes? Air it on media and everyone watches, totally enthralled, and succumbing to the net that keeps them all in line. It’s the standard fair of dystopia.
However, what I found in The Woodlands was something more frightening than all of my assumptions (even more frightening than government mandated games encouraging murder and mayhem among kids). I found a society limping along over two hundred years after wars nearly eradicated them. This is not an unusual find in a dystopian novel, but Taylor does an excellent job in bringing forth the wrong solution to a deadly societal problem. In order to prevent history from repeating itself (wars between people of different ethnicities, or Our Kind) it is necessary to genetically engineer the ultimate race, or All Kind, a creation which would include physical characteristics from all human breeds.
And this is where we find the main character, Rosa, a teenage girl who was unfortunate to not only inherit her father’s unique eye color, but also his sarcastic attitude and driving need for rebellion. I found Rosa to be a character after my own heart. When the superiors say jump, she doesn’t ask how high, she asks why, which is another great edge in this story. Unlike most stories where the heroine can be a smart ass and get away with it, Rosa cannot and she is hauled away like defective rubbish, making her realize how insignificant she truly is in the ringed society. This is a nice bite of reality in a fictional tale and I found Taylor’s writing of it to support the old adage, there are no new stories, only stories told in a new way.
The Woodlands truly is a powerful story, powerful enough that I am eagerly moving into the next book just to see what happens.