Let Me Take You On A Journey
THE LIVES WE LOST isn't just a killer virus story or a post-apocalyptic story; it's also very much about a journey, as Kaelyn and her companions make their way halfway across the country in search of help they're not even sure they'll find. So I thought I'd share five of my favorite fictional journeys!
-THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams. Average guy ends up traveling space with some odd alien companions after Earth is destroyed to make way for an intergalactic highway. Kind of an aimless journey, often without a particular destination in mind, but such an enjoyable one. Adams is one of the few writers who can make me laugh out loud. And the snappy dialogue will give you lots of excellent quotations to borrow.
-WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams. Yes, it's about rabbits, searching for a new place to settle after one of them has a horrific premonition about the destruction of their warren. But the struggles and emotions are very human. Great world-building, great tension, great characterization… You know you're looking at good writing when a rabbit can be one of the most frightening fictional villains ever. Also, the movie is excellent.
-BIRTH OF THE FIREBRINGER by Meredith Ann Pierce. This one's got unicorns! The prince of the unicorns, to be precise, who's traveling with his people on their ritual pilgrimage across dangerous lands to their former home, and along the way learning many surprising things about his friends, his family, and himself. Pierce has a lovely way with words, and the story's incredibly compelling.
-THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex. Eleven-year-old girl takes a road trip across America with an alien companion, trying to save her mom and ultimately saving the world. Just the right balance of sweet and funny. The cute "photo" illustrations and sly pop culture references to places like Happy Mouse Kingdom add to the fun.
-THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner. My favorite in this series is actually the third book, but you have to begin at the beginning, and it begins with a journey, as the titular thief is forced to accompany his captors to seek out a hidden treasure. But nothing is as it seems, and following the story's twists will keep you hooked. Perfect for those who enjoy unreliable narrators and wry humor. And bonus points for being a fantasy that's not based on medieval England! (It's inspired by ancient Greece.)
Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two cats (and does on occasion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and--thankfully--the worst virus she's caught so far is the garden-variety flu.
You can find a more detailed biography on her main website.
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