Kingdom ComeToday's Tune:
That book was The Giver.
Sometimes books come into your life that you don't just enjoy. They don't flit before you and then disappear again. The Giver is a book that changed what I wanted from fiction. It changed my outlook on life. It changed me. It seeded a love of dystopia and imperfection and melancholy in my heart. It stole my breath when I realized that the characters of this book had been robbed of color. Their lives had been sterilized. Passion had died. And Jonah fought to win it back.
Books like this are why I write. They're why I demand so much of the books I love. This is everything I want to create someday. I'm not there yet, but... maybe one day.
Maybe I could be a genius, too, right?
Is there a book (or books) that you feel changed your life, either as a writer or a reader? What was it?