Playlist for An Ember in the Ashes: Villains, Troublemakers and Redheads

It’s the final playlist! If you’ve stuck with me so far, THANK YOU. If this is the first playlist you’re seeing, then here’s the deal:  Without music, I could never have written EMBER. And without playlists, I could never have accessed my characters’ psyches. So far I have put up playlists for Laia, Elias and Helene. The last playlist includes baddies like The Commandant, Marcus and the Nightbringer, as well as other characters like Keenan and Cook.

I hope you guys enjoyed the playlists! You can find the others on my tumblr, or on my web site: www.sabaatahir.com.

The Commandant

  1. Gimme Shelter—Rolling Stones
  2. Caribou—Pixies
  3. Bones—MS MR
  4. Off I Go—Greg Laswell
  5. Leader Holding His Eyes—The Lonely Forest
  6. Vines—Lost in the Trees
  7. Kids—Sleigh Bells
  8. Satellite—Nine Inch Nails
  9. Trojans—Atlas Genius (Acoustic)
  10. Paint It Black—Rolling Stones
  11. Comfortably Numb—Pink Floyd (Live Version from Delicate Sound of Thunder.)

The Nightbringer

  1. And All That Could Have Been—NIN
  2. Colours—Grouplove
  3. Destroy Everything You Touch—Ladytron
  4. My Body is a Cage—Performed by Peter Gabriel
  5. Seven Devils—Florence and the Machine
  6. Slow Poison—The Bravery
  7. Someone Like You—Adele
  8. Something I Can Never Have—NIN
  9. Terrible Love—The National
  10. Sun Gangs—The Veils
  11. Untitled 4—Sigur Ros
  12. Untitled 8—Sigur Ros
  13. Neighborhood #3—Arcade Fire
  14. Massive Attack—Teardrop

Marcus

  1. Every Day Is Exactly the Same—NIN
  2. Sympathy for the Devil—Rolling Stones
  3. Shock to Your System—Tegan and Sara
  4. Troublemaker—Weezer
  5. I’ve Got Friends—Manchester Orchestra
  6. The Walker—Fitz & The Tantrums
  7. Doused—DIIV

 Marcus & Zak

  1. Adam’s Song—Blink 182
  2. I Miss You—Blink 182
  3. Walking with a Ghost—Tegan and Sara
  4. Laces Out—USS

Zak/Trials

  1. Kill Your Heroes—AWOLNATION
  2. In the Hall of the Mountain King—Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  3. Gouge Away—Pixies
  4. Wake Me up When September Ends—Green Day
  5. It’s All Right—Echo and the Bunnymen

Entire Book

  1. The Adventure—Angels &Airwaves
  2. Dream—The Boxer Rebellion
  3. Wake Up—Arcade Fire
  4. Ways to Go—Grouplove
  5. Wait—M83

Keenan

  1. Hurt — Performed by Johnny Cash
  2. Love Ridden — Fiona Apple
  3. Shiver — Coldplay
  4. Sleep — Azure Ray
  5. White Blank Page — Mumford & Sons
  6. You — Radiohead
  7. I Need My Girl—The National
  8. Kill and Run—Sia
  9. Possibility—Lykke Li
  10. I’m on Fire—Bruce Springstein
  11. Karma Police—Radiohead
  12. Leave Out All the Rest—Linkin Park
  13. Terrible Love—The National
  14. Sun Gangs—The Veils
  15. Wonderwall—Performed by Ryan Adams
  16. Creep—Radiohead
  17. The Killing Moon—Echo and the Bunnymen

Afya Ara Nur

  1. Hey Pretty—Poe
  2. Kiss With a Fist—Florence & the Machine
  3. Sex on Fire—Kings of Leon
  4. Blue Sky—Fluke

Cook

  1. Lose You—Pete Yorn
  2. Red—Lost in the Trees
  3. Slide Show—Travis
  4. Siren—Tori Amos

Darin

  1. Broadripple Is Burning—Margot & the Nuclear So & Sos

The End (Elias & Laia)

  1. Outro—M83

Full Playlist for An Ember in the Ashes: Helene

Full Playlist for An Ember in the Ashes: HeleneLast week, I put up the playlists for Elias Veturius and Laia. As I said then, without music, I could never have written the book. And without playlists, I could never have accessed my characters’ psyches. The full playlist (more than 200 songs) has been revealed through a series of character-based posts. Today is Day 3: Helene AquillaHelene is a Martial soldier and Mask who has been training at Blackcliff Military Academy for 14 years. She is the only female student at Blackcliff, and is best friends to Elias Veturius. Like Elias, Helene is ordered to participate in the Trials—a series of tests that will determine the identity of the next Martial emperor. But Helene has a secret—one that could destroy Elias’s hopes for freedom. Here, I’ve shared Helene’s main playlist, as well as her playlists with other characters, each of which reflects her mindset when thinking of that character.  I’ve also shared the Blackcliff playlist, as well as the playlist I listened to while writing each of the Trials. I hope you guys enjoy! In a few days, I’ll put up the “Villainous” playlist, which will include the Commandant (eek), Marcus and the Nightbringer. HeleneWise Up—Aimee ManBleed Like Me — GarbageCornflake Girl—Tori AmosDescending—Black CrowsI’m on Fire—Performed by Bat for LashesStubborn Love—The LumineersA Heavy Abacus — Joy FormidableRolling in the Deep — AdeleThe Good Left Undone — Rise AgainstTalulah — Tori AmosBattleflag — Lo-Fidelity AllstarsTime to Pretend — MGMTHow Soon Is Now—The SmithsWho’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses —Performed by Garbage No Tell—Smoke & JackalSea of Sin — Depeche Mode (Blue Enya Remix) Helene & EliasDilate — Ani DiFrancoLove Is Blindness — Performed by Jack WhiteBlue Jeans — Lana Del ReyKingdom Come — ColdplayHabits — Tove LoUseless — Depeche ModeHang Me Up to Dry — Cold War
KidsHeartbeats — MarseillesLove Lost — Cold War
KidsThe Mess — The Naked
and FamousStay — RihannaWith or Without You
(Live) — U2Not Your Fault—AWOLNATIONHelene & LaiaGirls Like You—The Naked and FamousThe End Cold Moon—The ZolasThe TrialsEnjoy the Silence Remix—Depeche ModeGhostcity—Thomas AzierAdagio in D Minor—John WilliamsKnights of Cydonia—MuseLux Aeterna—Clint MansellMake This Go On Forever—Snow PatrolMap of the Problematique—MuseMy Best Theory—Jimmy Eat WorldNeed You Now—Cut CopySet the Fire to the Third Bar—Snow PatrolSurvival—MuseWhat If This Storm Ends—Snow Patrol28 Theme—John WilliamsStripped—Performed by Shiny Toy GunsImmigrant Song—Performed by Karen OPapillon—The EditorsSurrender—Angels & AirwavesThe Wretched—Nine Inch Nails Midnight City—M83Blackcliff AcademyDammit—Blink 182Don’t Fear the Reaper—Apollo 440Mad World—Tears for Fears (NOT the quiet
version)Parallel Universe—LeiahdorusSmokers Outside the Hospital Door—The
EditorsHallelujah—Performed by Rufus WainwrightTo Build a Home—The Cinematic OrchestraWhere the Kids Are—BlondefireSome Nights—Fun
 

Last week, I put up the playlists for Elias Veturius and Laia. As I said then, without music, I could never have written the book. And without playlists, I could never have accessed my characters’ psyches. The full playlist (more than 200 songs) has been revealed through a series of character-based posts. Today is Day 3: Helene Aquilla

Helene is a Martial soldier and Mask who has been training at Blackcliff Military Academy for 14 years. She is the only female student at Blackcliff, and is best friends to Elias Veturius. Like Elias, Helene is ordered to participate in the Trials—a series of tests that will determine the identity of the next Martial emperor. But Helene has a secret—one that could destroy Elias’s hopes for freedom.

Here, I’ve shared Helene’s main playlist, as well as her playlists with other characters, each of which reflects her mindset when thinking of that character.  I’ve also shared the Blackcliff playlist, as well as the playlist I listened to while writing each of the Trials.

I hope you guys enjoy! In a few days, I’ll put up the “Villainous” playlist, which will include the Commandant (eek), Marcus and the Nightbringer.

Helene

Wise Up—Aimee Man
Bleed Like Me — Garbage
Cornflake Girl—Tori Amos
Descending—Black Crows
I’m on Fire—Performed by Bat for Lashes
Stubborn Love—The Lumineers
A Heavy Abacus Joy Formidable
Rolling in the Deep Adele
The Good Left Undone Rise Against
Talulah — Tori Amos
Battleflag — Lo-Fidelity Allstars
Time to Pretend — MGMT
How Soon Is Now—The Smiths
Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses —Performed by Garbage
No Tell—Smoke & Jackal
Sea of Sin — Depeche Mode (Blue Enya Remix)

Helene & Elias

Dilate Ani DiFranco
Love Is Blindness — Performed by Jack White
Blue Jeans Lana Del Rey
Kingdom Come Coldplay
Habits Tove Lo
Useless Depeche Mode
Hang Me Up to Dry Cold War Kids
Heartbeats Marseilles
Love Lost Cold War Kids
The Mess The Naked and Famous
Stay Rihanna
With or Without You (Live) U2
Not Your Fault—AWOLNATION

Helene & Laia

Girls Like YouThe Naked and Famous

The End 

Cold Moon—The Zolas

The Trials

Enjoy the Silence Remix—Depeche Mode
Ghostcity—Thomas Azier
Adagio in D Minor—John Williams
Knights of Cydonia—Muse
Lux Aeterna—Clint Mansell
Make This Go On Forever—Snow Patrol
Map of the Problematique—Muse
My Best Theory—Jimmy Eat World
Need You Now—Cut Copy
Set the Fire to the Third Bar—Snow Patrol
Survival—Muse
What If This Storm Ends—Snow Patrol
28 Theme—John Williams
Stripped—Performed by Shiny Toy Guns
Immigrant Song—Performed by Karen O
Papillon—The Editors
Surrender—Angels & Airwaves
The Wretched—Nine Inch Nails
Midnight City—M83

Blackcliff Academy

Dammit—Blink 182
Don’t Fear the Reaper—Apollo 440
Mad World—Tears for Fears (NOT the quiet version)
Parallel Universe—Leiahdorus
Smokers Outside the Hospital Door—The Editors
Hallelujah—Performed by Rufus Wainwright
To Build a Home—The Cinematic Orchestra
Where the Kids Are—Blondefire
Some Nights—Fun

Full Playlist for An Ember in the Ashes: Laia

Full Playlist for An Ember in the Ashes: LaiaYesterday, I put up the full playlist for Elias Veturius, one of the characters from An Ember in the Ashes. As I said then, without music, I could never have written the book. And without playlists, I could never have accessed Laia or Elias’s psyches. For the next few days, I’ll share the entire EMBER playlist (more than 200 songs) over a series of character-based posts. Today is Day 2: LaiaLaia is a Scholar girl living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother, Darin, is taken from her by Empire soldiers, Laia must overcome a lifetime of fearfulness, and find a way to get him back. Here, I’ve shared Laia’s main playlist, as well as her playlists with other characters, each of which reflects her mindset when thinking of that character.   I hope you guys enjoy! Next week, I’ll post up the playlist for Helene.LaiaAll the Rowboats — Regina SpektorSwandive — Ani DifrancoBlow Away — A Fine FrenzyColorblind — Performed by Natalie WalkerEverything in Its Right Place — Radiohead, Hybrid MixFear — Sarah McLachlanGenerator (First Floor) — Freelance WhalesLost Yourself — EminemInto the Wild (Live)New Soul—Yael NaimDissolve Me—Alt-JBloodflood—Alt-JSeether—Veruca SaltThe Shade of Poison Trees—Dashboard ConfessionalMy Life—The Game/Lil WayneI Still Havent Found What I’m Looking For—U2Laia & DarinIntervention—Arcade FireOpen Invitation—Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubBreak It Down Again—Tears for FearsBridge Over Troubled Water—Johnny Cash and Fiona AppleBrother (Last Ride)—Lord HuronChange (In the House of Flies)—DeftonesGone Away—Lucy SchwartzHelplessness Blues—Fleet FoxesHow to Save a Life—The FrayFaint—Linkin ParkLost in My Mind—The Head and the HeartMaps—Yeah Yeah YeahsThe Other Side of Mount Heart Attack—LiarsPushing me Away—Linkin Park (Reanimation Remix) Laia & EliasAll I Want Is You—U2Call to Arms—Angels and AirwavesCandles—DaughterChase this Light—Jimmy Eat WorldElectric Twist—A Fine FrenzyGimme Your Love—MorcheebaI’m With You—The StillsLittle Talks—Of Monsters and MenHigh and Dry—RadioheadFair—Remy ZeroRun—Snow PatrolCherry Red—Life’s AddictionThe Scientist—ColdplayThinking of You—Katy PerryHumpty Dumpty Love Song—TravisUltraviolet—U2Use Somebody—Kings of LeonGirls—Death in VegasIn Your Room—Depeche Mode Laia & KeenanAll of This—Blink 182Almost Lover—A Fine FrenzyBreak Me Gently—DovesTake Your Love Away—VastTear in Your Hand—Tori AmosTrembling Hands—The Temper TrapUninvited—Alanis MorissetteVideo Games—Lana Del ReyViolent Silence—Beatrice EliYou Only Disappear—Tom McRaeYoung and Beautiful—Lana Del Rey
 

Yesterday, I put up the full playlist for Elias Veturius, one of the characters from An Ember in the Ashes. As I said then, without music, I could never have written the book. And without playlists, I could never have accessed Laia or Elias’s psyches. For the next few days, I’ll share the entire EMBER playlist (more than 200 songs) over a series of character-based posts. Today is Day 2: Laia

Laia is a Scholar girl living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother, Darin, is taken from her by Empire soldiers, Laia must overcome a lifetime of fearfulness, and find a way to get him back.

Here, I’ve shared Laia’s main playlist, as well as her playlists with other characters, each of which reflects her mindset when thinking of that character.

I hope you guys enjoy! Next week, I’ll post up the playlist for Helene.

Laia

  1. All the Rowboats Regina Spektor
  2. Swandive Ani Difranco
  3. Blow Away A Fine Frenzy
  4. Colorblind Performed by Natalie Walker
  5. Everything in Its Right Place Radiohead, Hybrid Mix
  6. Fear Sarah McLachlan
  7. Generator (First Floor) Freelance Whales
  8. Lost Yourself Eminem
  9. Into the Wild (Live)
  10. New Soul—Yael Naim
  11. Dissolve Me—Alt-J
  12. Bloodflood—Alt-J
  13. Seether—Veruca Salt
  14. The Shade of Poison Trees—Dashboard Confessional
  15. My Life—The Game/Lil Wayne
  16. I Still Havent Found What I’m Looking For—U2

Laia & Darin

  1. Intervention—Arcade Fire
  2. Open Invitation—Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  3. Break It Down Again—Tears for Fears
  4. Bridge Over Troubled Water—Johnny Cash and Fiona Apple
  5. Brother (Last Ride)—Lord Huron
  6. Change (In the House of Flies)—Deftones
  7. Gone Away—Lucy Schwartz
  8. Helplessness Blues—Fleet Foxes
  9. How to Save a Life—The Fray
  10. Faint—Linkin Park
  11. Lost in My Mind—The Head and the Heart
  12. Maps—Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  13. The Other Side of Mount Heart Attack—Liars
  14. Pushing me Away—Linkin Park (Reanimation Remix)

Laia & Elias

  1. All I Want Is You—U2
  2. Call to Arms—Angels and Airwaves
  3. Candles—Daughter
  4. Chase this Light—Jimmy Eat World
  5. Electric Twist—A Fine Frenzy
  6. Gimme Your Love—Morcheeba
  7. I’m With You—The Stills
  8. Little Talks—Of Monsters and Men
  9. High and Dry—Radiohead
  10. Fair—Remy Zero
  11. Run—Snow Patrol
  12. Cherry Red—Life’s Addiction
  13. The Scientist—Coldplay
  14. Thinking of You—Katy Perry
  15. Humpty Dumpty Love Song—Travis
  16. Ultraviolet—U2
  17. Use Somebody—Kings of Leon
  18. Girls—Death in Vegas
  19. In Your Room—Depeche Mode 

Laia & Keenan

  1. All of This—Blink 182
  2. Almost Lover—A Fine Frenzy
  3. Break Me Gently—Doves
  4. Take Your Love Away—Vast
  5. Tear in Your Hand—Tori Amos
  6. Trembling Hands—The Temper Trap
  7. Uninvited—Alanis Morissette
  8. Video Games—Lana Del Rey
  9. Violent Silence—Beatrice Eli
  10. You Only Disappear—Tom McRae
  11. Young and Beautiful—Lana Del Rey

Full Playlist for An Ember in the Ashes: Elias

Full Playlists for an
Ember in the Ashes: Elias Without music, I could never have written An Ember in the Ashes. And without playlists,
I could never have accessed Laia or Elias’s psyches. For the next few days, I’ll
share the entire EMBER playlist (more than 200 songs) over a series of
character-based posts. I’ll start with Elias.Elias Veturius is a soldier of the Empire who wants only to
be free. But before he can escape the life he’s been trained into, he’s ordered
to participate in the Trials, a series of tests designed to select the next
Emperor. Here, I’ve shared Elias’s main playlist, as well as his
playlists with other characters, each of which reflects his mindset when thinking
of that character.   I hope you guys enjoy! Tomorrow, I’ll post up the playlist for Laia. Elias VeturiusAwake My Soul—Mumford & SonsBoulevard of Broken Dreams—Green DayDaylight—Matt and KimHurt—Nine Inch NailsSomewhat Damaged—Nine Inch NailsI’m a Goner—Matt and Kim, Soulja Boy and
Andrew W.KKolnidur—YonsiLittle Lion Man—Mumford & SonsLooking Glass—The La’sLost That Easy—Cold War KidsLove Is Noise—The VerveMy Body—Young the GiantSavior—Rise AgainstScreaming Bloody Murder—Sum 41Secret Crowds—Angels & AirwavesSit Down
by the Fire—The VeilsSuburban War—Arcade FireVideotape—RadioheadWoe is Me…I Am Ruined—The Lonely ForestRobot Boy—Linkin ParkA Warm Place—Nine Inch NailsWhere the Streets
Have No Name—U2Elias & LaiaAround Us—JonsiBohemian Like You—The Dandy WarholsChapel Song—We Are AugustinesCollide—Howie DayThe Fragile—Nine Inch NailsGet Up—BarcelonaHold on When You Get Love—StarsIf I had a Gun—Noel Gallagher’s High Flying
BirdsMr. Brightside—The Killer’s (Remix)Mysterious Ways—Performed by Snow PatrolSometime Around Midnight—The Airborne Toxic
EventWe Sing In Time—The Lonely ForestNeed Your Love—The Temper TrapStolen—Dashboard ConfessionalWicked Blood—Sea WolfElias & HeleneAll I’ve Ever Wanted—The Airborne Toxic
EventBad from Live-Aid—U2Bleed American—Jimmy Eat WorldHoliday—Green DayLost in Time—WhitleyA Rush of Blood to the Head—ColdplaySeventeen Forever—Metro StationShadow of the Day—Linkin ParkStart a War—The NationalSweetness—Jimmy Eat WorldWe Own the Sky—M83Young Blood—The Naked and FamousDon’t Look Back in Anger—Oasis

Full Playlists for an Ember in the Ashes: Elias 

Without music, I could never have written An Ember in the Ashes. And without playlists, I could never have accessed Laia or Elias’s psyches. For the next few days, I’ll share the entire EMBER playlist (more than 200 songs) over a series of character-based posts. I’ll start with Elias.

Elias Veturius is a soldier of the Empire who wants only to be free. But before he can escape the life he’s been trained into, he’s ordered to participate in the Trials, a series of tests designed to select the next Emperor.

Here, I’ve shared Elias’s main playlist, as well as his playlists with other characters, each of which reflects his mindset when thinking of that character.

I hope you guys enjoy! I’ll soon be posting up the playlist for Laia. You can also find these playlists on my tumblr.

Elias Veturius

  1. Awake My Soul—Mumford & Sons
  2. Boulevard of Broken Dreams—Green Day
  3. Daylight—Matt and Kim
  4. Hurt—Nine Inch Nails
  5. Somewhat Damaged—Nine Inch Nails
  6. I’m a Goner—Matt and Kim, Soulja Boy and Andrew W.K
  7. KolnidurYonsi
  8. Little Lion Man—Mumford & Sons
  9. Looking GlassThe La’s
  10. Lost That EasyCold War Kids
  11. Love Is NoiseThe Verve
  12. My BodyYoung the Giant
  13. SaviorRise Against
  14. Screaming Bloody MurderSum 41
  15. Secret CrowdsAngels & Airwaves
  16. Sit Down by the FireThe Veils
  17. Suburban WarArcade Fire
  18. Videotape—Radiohead
  19. Woe is Me…I Am Ruined—The Lonely Forest
  20. Robot Boy—Linkin Park
  21. A Warm Place—Nine Inch Nails
  22. Where the Streets Have No Name—U2

Elias & Laia

  1. Around Us—Jonsi
  2. Bohemian Like You—The Dandy Warhols
  3. Chapel Song—We Are Augustines
  4. Collide—Howie Day
  5. The Fragile—Nine Inch Nails
  6. Get Up—Barcelona
  7. Hold on When You Get Love—Stars
  8. If I had a Gun—Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  9. Mr. Brightside—The Killer’s (Remix)
  10. Mysterious Ways—Performed by Snow Patrol
  11. Sometime Around Midnight—The Airborne Toxic Event
  12. We Sing In Time—The Lonely Forest
  13. Need Your Love—The Temper Trap
  14. Stolen—Dashboard Confessional
  15. Wicked Blood—Sea Wolf

Elias & Helene

  1. All I’ve Ever Wanted—The Airborne Toxic Event
  2. Bad from Live-Aid—U2
  3. Bleed American—Jimmy Eat World
  4. Holiday—Green Day
  5. Lost in Time—Whitley
  6. A Rush of Blood to the Head—Coldplay
  7. Seventeen Forever—Metro Station
  8. Shadow of the Day—Linkin Park
  9. Start a War—The National
  10. Sweetness—Jimmy Eat World
  11. We Own the Sky—M83
  12. Young Blood—The Naked and Famous
  13. Don’t Look Back in Anger—Oasis

When I can’t sleep and I have an iTunes gift card

Baa Mix 83: Summer 2015

I couldn’t sleep last night, so then this happened. No hip-hop on this one, I’m sad to say, but lots of very scrumptious indie, and, of course, a little Taylor on the side. I might have added some commentary this time.

Every mix has one song you MUST LISTEN TO. This time it’s This Wild Life’s cover of “Sleepwalking,” which is phenomenal, esp. if you know and love the original.

Fav line from The Zolas (as usual): So tired of being told to keep polite, this is called being alive.

  1. The Zolas: Molotov Girls (I’m obsessed with this one.)
  2. Bring Me the Horizon: Sleepwalking (see next.)
  3. This Wild Life: Sleepwalking (cover of the BMTH version. Love the original, but holy cats this one is beautiful.)
  4. Painted Palms: Disintegrate (if you don’t at least tap your feed to that bass, then you must not have a pulse.)
  5. Painted Palms: Gemini
  6. Twenty One Pilots: Stressed Out (Oh adulthood. You are here, and I don’t like you.)
  7. Girlpool: Ideal World
  8. Born Cages: Don’t Look Back
  9. The Karma Killers: My Killer Queen (angst.)
  10. Sundara Karma: Flame (album cover is so creepy. song is great.)
  11. Pretty City: Melt (LOVE this one.)
  12. FFS: Johnny Delusional (this song is hilarious but also really sad. every time i hear the ‘paging johnny delusional’ part, i start cracking up.)
  13. FFS: Piss Off (my husband’s theme song for me as I write book 2)
  14. Tove Lo: Like Em Young (Get it, Tove Lo.)
  15. BØRNS: Electric Love (This one is so addictive and fun—you’ll find yourself dancing. Video is whatever.)
  16. San Fermin: Jackrabbit
  17. Passion Pit: Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)
  18. All Time Low: Satellite
  19. Matt and Kim: Can You Blame Me (there’s a long speech at the beginning of this video, but video itself is worth it.)
  20. Mumford and Sons: The Wolf (Still like their older stuff better, but this isn’t terrible.)
  21. Hozier: Work Song (Been wanting to work this onto a mix for like, a year. Finally shoved it onto this one. Also, possibly one of my favorite videos ever.)
  22. Taylor Swift: Bad Blood (If you don’t like this song, you are lame. It’s KENDRICK LAMAR AND TAYLOR SWIFT, FOR GOD’S SAKE.)

A joyful (if disbelieving) heart

What an amazing last few weeks this has been. I can’t compare it to anything–it is too much, too fast. Inside, I think I’m still a kid from the desert who never thought she’d get to share a story that anyone found worth reading. How did all of this happen? I can’t wrap my head around it.

I am overwhelmed at my luck: my remarkable, loyal readers, who spoke loudly and eloquently about their love of EMBER and their desires for a sequel; my publishing house, which has gone to bat for me in the biggest way; and my friends–those who were with me before this journey began, and those who I have met while in the publishing/writing trenches.

But of all the awesomeness of the past few weeks, one moment stands out: when Penguin finalized a sequel for EMBER last week. The tour I went on was spectacular; the reviews both scary and great; the New York Times list simply mind-boggling. But the sequel….the sequel gave me my heart’s wish: to tell the story that I need to tell. To stay with characters who have become such a huge part of me.

Here is the full story:  Success of ‘AN EMBER IN THE ASHES’ Leads to Sequel

And here’s hoping that EMBER’s sequel is worthy of all the people who advocated for it.