By Hugh Howey
Under sixty childrens wake up on a far off planet. The colony send they arrived on is aflame. the remainder of their contingent is lifeless. They've merely acquired part their education, and they're being requested to beat a complete planet. ahead of they could, although, they need to first continue to exist one another. during this gritty story of youths suffering to outlive, Hugh Howey fuses the simplest of younger grownup fable with the piercing social statement of speculative fiction. the result's a publication that begs to be learn in one sitting. An adventurous romp that would depart readers exhausted and begging for extra.
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Berk is still weak. Rhen is still caring for him. They are together all the time. She has to tend to his wounds, check his vital signs. I am left to do the cooking and the watching. John tries to talk to me, but I do not want to talk. The only thing in my mind is a feeling I can’t describe, but it’s not good. Anger boils in me the way our food boils as it is being prepared. I could play this feeling if I had my violin. But I don’t. I am desperate, though. So I excuse myself, take the transport away from the chamber—high enough that if the wolves came, I would be safe—and imagine the violin is in my arms.
The thought of just walking up to a settlement of people we know nothing about makes my heart race. ” Berk’s voice is soft but sure. “We need to go on. ” Berk is still so pale. He is right. But that fact doesn’t make the possibilities any less frightening. The dog is now running back in the direction he came from. We watch him run off. John lets out an earsplitting whistle and the dog returns, his tongue out, that happy look on his face. ” John’s laugh makes him sound years younger. The way I imagine he sounded before the War stripped him of everything.
Outside? ” I open them, but all I see is white. Then I remember—I am in the chamber. ” Rhen lays my head back down. ” I fell asleep. I turn my head. Berk is on the other side of the chamber. He is sleeping. I watch his chest rise and fall, rise and fall, making sure he really is alive. indd 27 10/11/13 10:31 AM Krista McGee Rhen hands me a piece of bread and a container of juice. I lift myself—slowly—and eat, keeping my eyes on Berk all the time. ” Logical Rhen is in control. Of course. Always ready with a plan.