Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • 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!

The Winners’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

The Winner’s Curse –
Farrar Straus Giroux

He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.
— Chapter 8

“It turns out that I am a coward.”
Arin shook his head. “It’s harder to live.”
Yes. It was. Kestrel had known there would be no escape tonight, and probably not for some time to come.
— Chapter 29

It’s been a while since I had a (one-sided) discussion with a book about ending right where it does ... it went something like this:
Julika nears the end of the book, the remaining pages get fewer and fewer but the characters are not in a position Julika would want to leave them in. Last page, Julika: “No. Nonononono. Not there not now.” Book ends. “There must be pages missing. Right? Somewhere?” No further pages turn up. Julika has a mild whinge tantrum.
Thankfully, there will be more books because this is so not over! It could be and it would be heart-breaking, but if I had to, I could maybe at some point accept it. I so very much enjoyed the world Marie Rutkoski has developed and the people she placed in it. I could also have chosen to tease you with the several mentions of different kinds of smiles, which I thought were very cool and so cleverly scattered throughout the story, which adds another layer of depth and perception. Maybe it’s the former literature student talking, but these details make me appreciate a book so much more when I notice these things that speak of a carefully planned writing and thought-process.
Anyway, I so so cannot wait for the next part of this. Go and read the (sort of) prequel story, Bridge of Snow, fall in love with the writing, and then go read this book!

Do you keep an eye out for plot-devices? Do you have a book where such a thing made you appreciate the story more? Share them in comments, along with your teaser.


Vonnie said...

I love your one-sided discussion.


Beth F said...

Fun discussion!

Kathy Martin said...

I felt the same way about the ending. I still think there were pages missing! My teasers this week are from The Chance by Robyn Carr and House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple. Happy reading!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

How disappointing! I'm sure I would have had that same conversation with the book. (I'm guessing you meant "similes" instead of "smiles." Right?) Not sure I'll read this one.
My Teaser is from SNOW FENCE ROAD.

Julika said...

Not really disappointing. It's not quite a cliffhanger, but I'd prefer to get the book sooner rather than later. :)
And I really meant smiles, because the narrator distinguishes between real and fake smiles and several other kinds. So it's a recurring device, but not a simile. Have a look at the short story and see if you like the tone.

Sheri said...

Thanks for sharing! Here is my teaser! Shut Up & Read

Anonymous said...

I love your monologue, what a brilliant idea to add to your TT even though it has shades of disappointment within it! :-) Here is mine http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/teaser-tuesday-april-8/

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