Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.
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 Last Star by Rick Yancey.

The Last Star – G.P. Putnam’s Sons

And she would leap, a fearless launch into empty space, because he wasn’t just her father—he was Daddy. He would catch her; he would not let her fall.
— Prologue

I should have known he was going to save me by betraying me: He’d been doing it from the beginning.
— Chapter 4

It is quite possible that literature has taught me to be a cautious pessimist. Or maybe a high-functioning pessimist. I no longer just open a book and start a new story (or continue it), but rather I’m approaching it with an underlying question along the lines of “okay, how are you going to blow everything up in my face?”. This is not a bad thing, because if I wanted to, I’m certain I could find books that go straight from A to B without so much as trying to mess with me. Big if I wanted to.
So I got this book final book in the trilogy and if you’ve read the previous two, you remember that everything is already pretty glum and how will this ever be nearing something that can be described as sort of okay. And I think I’m still in the part where everything it is pretty much going downhill fast, possibly backwards. At the moment I’m not sure how this is supposed to be turned around. Maybe it isn’t and this is headed towards a big finale of apocalyptic destruction. Which in itself is from a certain point of view the only happy end possible.
And this is also where I realised that I’m not as pessimistic as I thought, because I’m still trying to figure out how this could be turned around to a somewhat positive outcome. At what point is post-apocalyptic so far gone that the previous state cannot be restored and the only feasible way is forward to begin from scratch rather than backward to rebuild?

Are you a literary optimist or pessimist. Or something else altogether? Let’s hear from you in the comments along with your teasers.


Unknown said...

Thise snippets have me curious. Is the person talking about the same person, Dadddy? I've yet to grab this one. Looking forward to wrapping up the series.

My TT from Chasing Fireflies

Majanka Verstraete said...

I haven't read The Last Star yet, but I'm curious now. Enjoy reading this week!

Here's my Teaser Tuesday post for this week.

Kathy Martin said...

I haven't started this series yet. Your teasers make me want to begin it soon. My YA teaser this week is from Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi. Happy reading!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

This sounds like an action-packed trilogy. I think I'm an optimist because I always hope for a satisfying ending and will keep reading to see how an author ties up the loose ends.
My Tuesday post features LA VIE EN ROSE

Anonymous said...

I think I'm an optimist, too:). I, too, far prefer an upbeat ending - though I'm not sure whether that's going to happen with the tome I'm currently in the middle of...

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