I am a geek. *nods* I love Doctor Who and Doctor Horrible and Doctor… Shoot! I can’t think of another… Doctor Quinn 😛 But she’s not sci-fi. Anyway. I am a fan of Dystopian fiction. Kate Jarvik Birch’s
Young Adult novel Deliver Me
is on my TBR mountain. I am curious about her fictional future and after you read the description you might know why I have doctors on the brain. 😉 Check out the excerpt and if it’s grabs your attention add it to your stack.
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By Kate Jarvik Birch
“And now the time for selection has come,” the Councilman said, opening an ornate leather ledger containing the nine chosen names. “When called, please step forward and take your place behind me.”
Around me, I felt the whisper of a collective breath drawn in by all the girls. We held it deep in our chests, afraid to let it go, afraid to breathe.
The Grand Councilman studied the paper in front of him, “G454-71.”
His voice reverberated through the hall, bouncing off the carefully carved stonework and the dark wooden floors. For a moment we all stood still, letting the number ricochet around inside us.
The girl who stepped forward carried an air of superiority about her that had always bothered me. I didn’t think she was any more beautiful than Odessa or me, and her hair was a strange color, tinged with a bit of orange, but she was taller by at least a couple of inches. I knew she was strong, but I also knew with certainty that she wasn’t any smarter than us. In class her answers always sounded rote and memorized, as if she didn’t really give thought to what she was saying, but had taken great care to repeat things word for word from the text book.
2014 © Kate Jarvik Birch