Published by Putnam on September 13, 2016
Series: Sea of Ink and Gold #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Dystopian
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive.
The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.
Discussion: What Does Reading Mean to You?
The Reader explores a world without reading. What would it mean to you to live in a world without books?
Oh my gosh! A world without books sounds terrifying to me. Seriously, it sounds like the start of a horror novel (or film). Reading means everything to me. Reading is my career (there is so, so much reading in the legal profession), my hobby, my love and my joy. I would be lost without books. A world without books is a world that I want no part of. It would be my version of H-E-double hockey sticks.
Books offer an escape for me. They can cheer me up when I am looking for a smile. Make me feel all kinds of warm fuzzies. Give me a good cry when I need one. And most importantly, they can transport me to a different world within their pages. I get to become best friends (or heated enemies) with the characters, and I get to explore new fantasy worlds. Words are powerful, and a good book can make you fall in love, make you believe in magic, in other worlds, in the impossible. To live in a world without books, would be like living in a world without emotions. A world without imagination. It sounds absolutely awful. But the reason it sounds so awful is because reading is such a huge part of who I am. It makes me, me.
For all of our sake, I hope we never have to live in a world without reading.
I want to hear your thoughts! What does reading mean to you? What would it be like to live in a world without reading? Let me know in the comments
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