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Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Mother's Day Gift To My Readers


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I've been getting a lot of emails from very well-meaning fans who threaten to fall into some kind of horrible looming depression that cannot be cured by anything but a sneak peak of Requiem or a sequel to Before I Fall. Sadly, neither one of those things is going to happen--but I think I might have fold a partial solution.
As some of you already know, (and the rest of you must now be kicking yourself for forgetting), today is Mother's Day. I've got a great mother, a really excellent super awesome one, but in many of my books, moms are notoriously absent. thinking about my books I realized that there is a notable absence of good mothers hanging around!
In Delirium and Pandemonium, Lena's mom impacts the story partly as a result of her absence. And so, dear readers, I thought as a special Mother's day present, and to help tide you over during the long wait forRequiem, I would share some of her thoughts with you. Here is an exclusive scene from Lena's Mom's POV!

When I was a girl, it snowed for a whole summer.
            Every day, the sun rose smudgy behind a smoke-gray sky, and hovered behind its haze; in the evenings, it sank, orange and defeated, like the glowing embers of a dying flame.
            And the flakes came down and down—not cold to touch, but with their own peculiar burn--as the wind brought smells of burning.
            Every night, on TV, my mother and father sat us down to watch the news. All of the pictures were the same: towns neatly evacuated, cities enclosed, grateful citizens waving from the windows of shiny new buses, as they were carted off to a new future, a life of perfect happiness. A life of painlessness.
            “See?” my mother would say, smiling at me and my sister Carol in turn. “We live in the greatest country on earth. See how lucky we are?”
            And yet the ash continued swirling down, and the smells of death came through the windows, crept under the door, hung in our carpets and curtains, and screamed of her lie.

Is it possible to tell the truth in a society of lies? Or must you always, of necessity, become a liar?
And if you lie to a liar, is the sin somehow negated or reversed?
These are the kinds of questions I ask myself now: in these dark, watery hours, when night and day are interchangeable. No. Not true. During the day the guards come, to deliver food and take the bucket; and at night the others moan, scratch, and scream. They are the lucky ones. They are the ones who still believe that sound, that voice, will do any good. The rest of us know better, and have learned to live in silence.
I wonder what Lena is doing now. I always wonder what Lena is doing. Rachel, too: both my girls, my beautiful, big-eyed girls. But I worry about Rachel less. Rachel was always harder than Lena, somehow. More defiant, more stubborn, less feeling. Even as a little girl, she frightened me a little—fierce and fiery-eyed, with a temper like my father’s once was.
But Lena...little darling Lena, with her wide eyes and her flushed, chubby cheeks: she used to rescue spiders from the pavement to keep them getting squashed; quiet, thoughtful Lena, with the sweetest lisp to break your heart. To break my heart: my wild, uncured, erratic, incomprehensible heart. I wonder whether her front teeth still overlap a little; whether she still confuses the words pretzel and pencil occasionally; whether the wispy brown hair grew straight and long, or began to curl.
I wonder whether she believes the lies they told her.
I, too, am a liar now. I’ve become one, of necessity. I lie when I smile and return an empty tray. I lie when I ask for the Book of Shhh, pretending to have repented.
I lie just by being here, on my cot, in the dark.
Soon, it will be over. Soon, I will escape.
And then the lies will end.

38 comments:

Becky said...

Awesome thanks so much for posting this. :)

Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

Thanks! But still dyyyyyyyyyying for Requiem! LOL

maddie said...

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ALSO JUST BY THE WAY I finished reading Pandemonium and I hate you :3

that is all

Liz said...

Lovely. Well done!

Emily said...

Love it! Ahh!! Cannot wait for Requiem!!!

Jenny said...

Amazing gift! This will curb the longing for Requiem for a short while (although any other new chapters or glimpses of other characters would be greatly appreciated!).
I kind of love Lena's mom now, after being a bit disappointed in her character in Pandemonium.
So excited for Requiem and the Spindlers!

juliathewritergirl said...

OHMYGOODNESS YES! This is amazing! I'm absolutely DYING to read "Requiem," now!! :) Thanks for giving us this, Lauren!

cor said...

You're famous, people like that come with the territory. It's nice that you gave them something though. You are an awesome writer! Thanks for giving me something to do with my time.

Sameera said...

Thank you so much for the sneak peak! :) I am happy that the 2nd pov is from Lena's mom. Through her, we can learn more about Lena and their dystopian society.

lexiechan said...

Wow! Thank you for this sneak peak! I'm excited to read Requiem! :) I wish it's 2013 already. :)

Katie OShea said...

That was SOO good! :) Thanks!

Marites Melana said...

hey, i'm a fan eversince i read delirium. keep up and hope to read more of your novels.

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