Waiting on Wednesday is hosted at Breaking the Spine
Matched by Ally Condie
In the novel, a 17-year-old girl, who has waited her entire life to be told by a group known as “the Society” who her soul mate is, has her world upended when she discovers she’s in love with someone other than the group’s pick.
I love the premise of this one- forbidden love in a completely different society. Plus, the cover is insanely awesome: it almost reminds me of fairytale magic while still maintaining the feeling of being trapped. I can't wait!
And because I wouldn't be me if I didn't deviate from this and tell you about something that's already out...
God is in the Pancakes by Robin Epstein
Fifteen-year-old Grace Manning is a candy striper in a nursing home, and Mr. Sands is the one patient who makes the job bearable. He keeps up with her sarcasm, teaches her to play poker . . . and one day cheerfully asks her to help him die. At first Grace says no way, but as Mr. Sands’s disease progresses, she’s not so sure. Grace tries to avoid the wrenching decision by praying for a miracle, stuffing herself with pancakes, and running away from all feelings, including the new ones she has for her best friend Eric. But Mr. Sands is getting worse, and she can’t avoid him forever.
I read the first chapter a few days ago and really liked the way it was going. Medical ethics is something I'm particularly interested in: I'm doing my Philosophy and Ethics Investigations exam on eugenics and embryology, and I found euthanasia fascinating when we did it at GCSE. For example, there are two kinds: voluntary (they ask for it) and involuntary, (they don't!) which can also be active (giving medication to help someone pass away) or passive (withholding medication). I'm curious as to whether those criteria will apply.
What did you guys pick?