11 Picks for Speculative Fiction Fans
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He tried out the words in his head: "I'm a traveling whirligig maker." It was an interim identity, tied to his previous life. He would cast it off soon, but in favor of what? He was lodged in his own chrysalis but had no idea what he was turning into" (p. 43).The exceptional images of this novel for young adults (YA) will stay with me. Brent travels alone, having to spend time with his thoughts, very aware of his guilty feelings about taking the life of another teenager. During the time it takes to ride north, east, south, and west across the country, Brent matures noticeably. I highly recommend the book, both for YAs and for adults, who are more aware that one slip in judgment can make a life-changing difference in the lives of all sorts of people, not just within the circle of friends and family.
"She got in the van and sped away, jumping curbs and running stop signs all the way home" (p. 168).And there's the tree. Yes, the apple tree that throws apples to get people's attention. Eating a bite from one of its apples foretold something about the future that caused Claire and Sydney's mother to flee from Bascom, and that profoundly influenced the course of her daughters' lives.
"The garden was quiet and damp, the temperamental apple tree at the back of the lot shivering slightly as if dreaming" (p. 5).Taking a bite of the fruit of that tree is something to ponder. If you knew that biting into a Waverley apple would reveal part of your future, would you bite? Tell us why or why not in the comments. Me? Nah, I don't think I'd want to know. Frankly, I think it's odd enough that THIS is the book that flew off the shelf last night in my direction, and not some other book. (Yes, it really did happen.) How would you explain it, if not that the book was somehow influenced by the apple tree in the story?