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MaddAdam – Margaret Atwood Quote

Glenn used to say the reason you can’t really imagine yourself being dead was that as soon as you say, “I’ll be dead,” you’ve said the word I, and so you’re still alive inside the sentence.

And that’s how people got the idea of the immortality of the soul — it was a consequence of grammar.

And so was God, because as soon as there’s a past tense, there has to be a past before the past, and you keep going back in time until you get to I don’t know, and that’s what God is. It’s what you don’t know — the dark, the hidden, the underside of the visible, and all because we have grammar, and grammar would be impossible without the FoxP2 gene; so God is a brain mutation, and that gene is the same one birds need for singing.

So music is built in, Glenn said: it’s knitted into us. It would be very hard to amputate it because it’s an essential part of us, like water.

I said, in that case is God knitted in as well? And he said maybe so, but it hadn’t done us any good.

Quote from “The Year of the Flood” – Book 2 in MaddAdam series by Margaret Atwood.

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Unravel Me * Tahereh Mafi Book 2 from Shatter Me

Unravell me wasn’t as good as Shatter Me from my perspective but it’s still a very good YA book. Much better than Mortal Instruments so far. It’s starting off slow, with a small recollection of the events from the previous novel (Shatter Me) and how Juliette, the main hero of the story, tries to fit in at the Omega Point underground compound while hiding from Walter who wants her for his evil scheme and while loving Adam, her new boyfriend.

Things seem to go south when Adam stops being immune to her deadly touch and we find out that he was special too, he had a defense mechanism from other people’s powers and because he trusted Juliette now so much, his defense was letting her killing touch through, destroying their intimacy and ending their relationship.

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Miss Peregrine’s Children Trilogy

MissPPeculiarChildrenMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – by Ransom Riggs
When he was young, Jacob revered his grandfather, whose adventures with monsters in other countries enthralled him, especially as they were much more exciting than his own ordinary life in Florida. As he grew, however, Jacob sided with the rest of his family, calling his grandfather a paranoid, crazy old man and resenting him for telling lies. But when a gruesome tragedy devastates the family, Jacob takes a chance on his grandfather’s unbelievable stories to search for the truth and journeys to an island off the coast of Wales. Only what remains of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, where his grandfather grew up, can help Jacob uncover his grandfather’s story and help him begin his own.

I picked up the book because one of my favorite authors, John Green (Looking for Alaska), recommended it, and I wasn’t disappointed. Ransom Riggs interweaves antique pictures of beyond peculiar occurrences and people with the story, providing original visuals for the reader in a way that enhances the reading experience. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a fun, fast, and refreshing read, especially given the current overflow of dystopian novels (though I do love a good dystopian novel). It’s strange and different but still holds on to a bit of sweetness. It’s the perfect blend.