This was going to be my political post. I had a couple rants stored up, and I was thinking about trying to get a debate started in the comments section. And then I decided... I really didn't want to introduce politics into my blog. I respect everyone's opinions (or at least their right to have them), but I tend to get... heated when I talk about politics, like I imagine most people do. It doesn't always bring out my best side.
But Teaser Tuesday worked out perfectly anyway, since one of the books I'm reading (because I refuse to carry the ARC of Tin Swift around in my backpack where it can get wrecked) is Neil Shusterman's Unwind.
But first, I had a revelation last night that I need to share. As some of you know from following me on Twitter, I had a few copies of my most recent draft of Capitoline Hill printed up yesterday.
I know I had Staples print it. I know it's not done yet. I know it doesn't even have a cover page. But, you guys, that's my book. And it's all pretty and bound and 388 pages that I sat down and wrote.
I have to admit, I got a little giddy. I was holding something that was entirely mine, something I created from the ground up and slaved over until it was (almost) right. I've known I wanted to be a published writer since about the time I figured out that books were written by people. There was never really a point in my life when this wasn't the endgoal, the number one thing on my bucket list. But it truly became clear to me yesterday that in less than a month and a half, I'll (hopefully) be sending this book--roughly a year of writing and 20+ years of hopes and dreams--to agents. I've never been closer to holding a real copy of my book than I am now.
It's a bit of a rush.
Neil Shusterman's Unwind.
In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them. Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.
And the rules for Teaser Tuesday are:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
- Then hit up Should Be Reading to add your link.
And the teaser is:
It was real, it was pretend, and that combination made it all right--it made it safe, like performing death-defying acrobatic tricks above a safety net.
She holds on to that unexpected feeling as the two of them catch up with Lev, and move toward the frightening prospect of civilization.