Thursday, April 12, 2012

here's where it starts

monical leonelle is the author of three novels. i recently read her latest, socialpunk, and decided to help her spread the word about it in her blog tour. read the prologue of the book below and enter into her contest for things like ipads and kindle fires. my review of the book is in the previous post.

Prologue

After playing God for six years with the world he created, he couldn’t control any of his subjects, none at all. Over the years, he had watched them evolve and become the sum of their own choices rather than the sum of his; and for that, he regretted ever giving them life.

A small, blinking red light from just inside his eyelid reminded him of the news they sent him earlier that morning. The company had cancelled his funding and would shut down his project within three months. According to them, the project cost too much and took up too much space, and the inconclusive results couldn’t be published reputably, now or in the future.

Six years of his work, tens of thousands of lives at stake—and he could do nothing to save any of it. He bowed his head, letting his chin rest on the rim of his breakfast smoothie. The smoothie reeked of powder—crushed pills—but he supposed he had better get used to it. He wouldn’t be able to afford the luxury of real food after they canned him.

He closed his eyes and called up the camera view of one of his favorites, number 3281. She fascinated him; he couldn’t deny it. When he had designed her, her pre-teen rebelliousness lit fire in her eyes. A survivor, he’d thought. He’d meant for her to have it all—to grow up, to get married to the love of her life, and to have a beautiful family of her own someday.

But he had only given her sadness so far. Instead of creating a strict father, he had given her an abusive one. Instead of creating a loving boyfriend, he had given her a friend who could never love her. And instead of creating a strong, proud mother, he had given her a meek one, who watched the whole thing unfold and did nothing about it.

He looked at his last and final creation sitting in the chair across from him—his own son, not awakened yet. The law forbade him to have any children of his own, so this boy would substitute.

But he had done the unthinkable with this creation—he had bestowed on it his own thoughts, emotions, and decision-making processes. He’d given the boy his own mind, his own physical characteristics, his own wants and desires.

He had never done so with any of the others because of the dangers of investing too heavily in any one of his subjects. But who could he kid? He had not stayed objective thus far, watching some of his subjects more closely than others, wishing for the happiness of some at the expense of others. He had become an abomination, a monster of his own doing, who had created subjects only to watch them suffer.

He couldn’t forgive himself; not now, not ever. His eyes lingered on the vial that sat next to his breakfast smoothie, that he’d stowed away for the day when they destroyed all his work, his entire world. He would save it, tuck it away for now, for as long as he could protect them. When things spun out of his control, he would drink it and end himself the way he had ended them.

In the ancient stories, gods frequently gave their sons as gifts. Now, he would give his son as a gift to her, number 3281. So she could be happy in her last months on earth, before they destroyed her with the rest of them.



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4 comments:

  1. anonymous hippopotamusApril 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    ok and now i'm reminded of Pinocchio. He can't have a son, so he makes one. Sorry too many similarities to other stories for my liking. Buuuut, it seems like an easy pointless read and something I could probably read in the craziness that is my life. :D

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  2. haha i had found a lot of parallels to other books/movies myself, but i somehow missed that one. you're right, though. there's a kindle version that was free for prime members today i think (dunno if it still is) if you wanna give it a try.

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  3. anonymous hippopotamusApril 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    1. OMG thank you for pointing that out to me. i have free prime for a month so i now am the proud owner of a free kindle copy of social punk. yay me! :D

    2. i found this funny..but your comment on the other post is kinda similar to my comment here...saying that its a good read for busy times because its not that kind of book. you know what i mean by that...i just can't speak anymore. i have no vocab whatsoever. its so sad.. my brain feels like mush. :'( kholoud was right being pregnant/being a parent makes you stupid. :|

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  4. actually, being stupid makes you stupid, but okay. and let me know what you think about the book. i've been analyzing it in my head for a day or so because that's just what i do and i'm not sure if my character analysis of ima is accurate or wishful thinking. and yeah i noticed the similarity of our comments too when i read this one.

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