I'm not going to plot-spoil here, it would be counter-productive. This book is too important.
Way too important.
It's unusual for me to have a strongI'm not going to plot-spoil here, it would be counter-productive. This book is too important.
Way too important.
It's unusual for me to have a strong emotional reaction to a book. Sadly, it's a common problem for anyone in the industry. We spend a large amount of time reading junk and writing (hopefully) helpful letters to those who have sent the junk. We edit, we sell, we (gladly and willingly!) use up most of our passion for literature on our beloved client's books. In an agency, the first year...we work eighteen to twenty hour days. It's an enigma for someone who likes to pleasure read. It's just a constant immersion in words. You just develop a bit of a thick skin to most anything. That is not the case here..
Given the opportunity, I'd have repped this book in a New York minute...and I wouldn't have stopped until it was sold. Kudos to whoever the agent is that got this published, truly. It's a gut-wrenching piece that exposes a sector of humanity that we so badly want to forget... I hope we never do.
(And...let me state, once again, the views here are my own and I'm NOT a writer, although I admire them greatly and am honored to represent them. Please forgive my rough draft-ish style here... I'm much better on vocals. Most salesmen are.)
I've stalled on reviewing this piece for two reasons... 1) it made me feel ashamed for not following my own convictions these past few years.. 2) I had to have time to let this sink in..
HECTOR has brought about an extreme change in the way I think, and in the way I am raising my daughter.
***excerpt alert - NOT a spoiler***** "Her right eye was stuck shut, glued to itself with blood, the vessels having burst, lashes interlocking like stitches."
That is the first line in HECTOR.
I know, I know...it's difficult to read. It makes ones stomach flip over and it forces the mental picture that one makes while reading. Who is it....Where are they, WHY, why???
Honestly, the face that I saw...the beauty underneath all that horror.. I. Saw. My. Daughter. Talk about a slap in the consciousness. My own child, in a situation where I couldn't rescue her and in which she truly had no hope but her own.
I can't even begin to articulate what this book has done to me, done for me, how it has changed me. You will never regret reading this book. It will change your life. We are ALL Hector. It's shocking and disturbing, it's true, and it's powerful. It could change the world.
and now...after reading this book.. after feeling my conflict and denial slip into resolve and fury... I hope.
I'm so overwhelmed. This book lived up to my expectations, and then some. If you've not read the series...you're missing out. The socialSpoiler alert:
I'm so overwhelmed. This book lived up to my expectations, and then some. If you've not read the series...you're missing out. The social commentary alone is done with such deft and clever prose that I found myself re-setting my brain and reading certain passages again. What would break me? Or are we all already broken beyond redemption.... This is the question that will keep me coming back to the Hunger Games trilogy again and again. In a perfect world, these books would be our Mockingjay. ...more