human genetics evolved to create Mirrors. No one knows how the evidence of a
criminal’s last horrendous act can be confirmed in a single gaze of a child’s
silvered eyes. But just because science can’t explain something doesn’t mean it
can’t be used, and this gift is simply too valuable to ignore.
Twins Thomas and Ashley Ross have grown up knowing they would
be used as Mirrors for the “good” of humanity. When their powers mature at age
twelve, they are taken weekly to fulfill their role. By reliving the most heinous crimes
from a perpetrators’ perspective, they alone can assure that no innocent people
will be executed, and that the worst offenders are not set free due to lack of
Justice is not without cost, however. Taking on the
memories of others is a destructive process, one that quickly consumes the
children involved until most take their own lives. As despair threatens to
drown Thomas and Ashley, a distant hope keeps them from succumbing: If they can
make it to their eighteenth birthday, their contract with the government will
be fulfilled. Changing views on the morality of their role threatens to tear
them apart, but the twins struggle to cling to each other and try to construct
a fragile life above the weekly flood of horrors.
As their work takes it toll, however, a new
question emerges: does survival even matter when you’re already broken beyond
sentiment of “Your life has mattered” resonates.
games, and the more complex the better. Twilight Imperium is a whirlwind of
tactical combat, careful planning, and diplomacy. Definitely not for everyone,
but I absolutely love it.
in college. My brother-in-law told me that this was because I had no team to
root for and therefore had no investment. Taking up his challenge, I picked one
at random: the Chiefs. It turns out he was right; emotional investment matters!
Now I’m a faithful fan.
writes, but Way of Kings just blew me away the first time I heard it. My wife
and I were working as a trucking team at the time, and we picked it up as an
audiobook. I listened during my daily shift, and was so enamored with it after
the first time that I went through it again almost immediately. Phenomenal.
blankets on a cold evening. I think some of this is that I grew up in Texas
where these things tend to be pretty rare and blazing hot summers are the norm.
Spending two winters in North Dakota didn’t cure this fascination with winter,
though, so I’m probably just a little strange.
Mercury could sing.
is nice and cool, and it’s where my wife and I went on our honeymoon. We try to
go once a year.
chicken fried steak, and they make the best. Their fried chicken’s fantastic
too. If we’re driving to, through, or near Dallas/Fort Worth, we’ll be stopping
at a Babe’s.
Lucille Ball’s work was on a tribute show shortly after she had died. I watched
that with my step-mother, and we laughed together at each clip. It hooked me
instantly, and never let go.