WoK Character Concepts by Elizabeth Kunkle
“Once more,” he said. “Speak my name once more.”
The 1st Wave rolled in without much fanfare. It wasn’t dramatic. There was no shock and awe. The lights just winked out.
The 1st Wave took out half a million people. The 2nd Wave put that number to shame.
The 3rd Wave? That took a little longer—twelve weeks. Twelve weeks to kill…well, Dad figured 97 percent of those of us unlucky enough to have survived the first two waves. Ninety-seven percent of four billion? You do the math.
In the 4th Wave, you can’t trust that people are still people. But you can trust that your gun is still your gun.
Maybe that will be the 5th Wave, attacking us from the inside, turning our own minds into weapons. Maybe the last human being on Earth won’t die of starvation or exposure or as a meal for wild animals. Maybe the last one to die will be killed by the last one alive.
“Is it? What else do you have to do with your days? Make maps? Fetch inks for some old cartographer?”
“There’s nothing wrong with being a mapmaker.”
“Of course not. And there’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.”
[3/20] Books or series | Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
“That’s how you get deathless, volchitsa. Walk the same tale over and over, until you wear a groove in the world, until even if you vanished, the tale would keep turning, keep playing, like a phonograph, and you’d have to get up again, even with a bullet through your eye, to play your part and say your lines.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless
He understood then. The Grisha lived as shadows did, passing over the surface of the world, touching nothing, forced to change their shapes and hide in corners, driven by fear as shadows were driven by the sun. No safe place. No haven.
There will be, he promised in the darkness, new words written upon his heart. I will make one.
even in the future…the story begins with once upon a time [LISTEN]
(songs 1-4) cinder/kai; all these things that i’ve done - the killers /// the scientist - coldplay /// speak now - taylor swift /// we’re not alone - echosmith (songs 5-8) scarlet/wolf; timeless - the airborne toxic event /// satellite call - sara bareilles /// fight for me - heathers /// dust to dust - the civil wars (songs 9-12) cress/thorne; dead sea - the lumineers /// every time i fall in love - clare bowen /// the boy who blocked his own shot - brand new /// goodnight moon - go radio (songs 13-16) winter/jacin; big bad world - kodaline /// buzzcut season - lorde /// not with haste - mumford & sons /// king and lionheart - of monsters and men
→ R E M E M B E R T H I S W H E N Y O U A R E Q U E E N
there, weeping, a tsarevna lies locked in a cell.
and master grey wolf serves her very well.
there, in her mortar, sweeping beneath the skies,
the demon baba yaga flies.
there tsar koschei,
he wastes away,
poring over his pale gold.
~ Catherynne M. Valente