This week I have a book for now and a book for later. I had the privilege of reading Every Day as an advance copy, and I hope you trust me enough to purchase it! I think it’s well worth it. Chaos Walking was a book I blindly purchased as a whole set and was definitely not disappointed. Their common link – the ability to connect solely in the mind – is portrayed in vastly different ways, but it makes for a very insightful element.
Every Day by David Levithan
Release Date: August 28th
The premise of this book is simple but utterly complicated. Every day the main character wakes up in the body of someone else. It could be a boy, a girl, someone in the next house or the next city. The catch is that the character spends no longer than 24 hours in any body, and does not return to the body after that time. So, A, the self-named main character experiences emotions like love, trust, jealousy, and intimacy in only a vicarious manner. Without a family, a history, or even a gender A navigates life as a soul without a permanent place. What will happen when this nomadic being starts to make a real connection?
This book is definitely a treat to pre-order and surprise yourself with in a few weeks. This book was so heartbreaking, but so so good. This person has no choice but to cherish every single day, because there is nothing consistent but the memories. I’ve never read anything like this book. The main character, A, is so set in identity and personality but without a body is a remarkable thing. Believeable yet unbelieveable.
You’ll Like this if: The only thing I could really compare this book to is The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Quote: “This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.
“If you stare at the center of the universe, there is a coldness there. A blankness. Ultimately, the universe doesn’t care about us. Time doesn’t care about us. That’s why we have to care about each other.”
Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
What if you could hear everyone’s thoughts? Yeah, you’ve probably read a book like this. But what if they could hear your thoughts, too? Well, in Prentisstown, all the men can hear one another’s’ thoughts in a chaotic frenzy aptly named “noise.” And the women? Well, there are none. And as the youngest citizen, Todd Hewitt, is the last boy left. And as his birthday approaches, Todd starts to discover that there may be a few secrets left despite all of the noise.
There’s a wee-bit of the cowboys and space aliens vibe that I adored about Firefly (Don’t look to this to be a Firefly replacement, however. There’s no Nathan Fillion in this one). I also found the narration to be quite endearing. As Todd is illiterate and the narrator, he spells the way things sound. I found that it added an interesting element and a very visceral element to the narrative that added to the story.
You’ll Like this if: you’re not a die-hard aliens-in-my-fiction type of reader, but you’re willing to give sci-fi a go.
Quote: “But a knife ain’t just a thing, is it? It’s a choice, it’s something you do. A knife says yes or no, cut or not, die or don’t. A knife takes a decision out of your hand and puts it in the world and it never goes back again. ”