Title: Of Delicate Pieces (Of Breakable Things)
By: A. Lynden Rolland
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Settling into her second year of death, Alex is ready to explore her limitless mind in an afterworld that changes each day, but she still isn’t resting in peace.
The ‘gifted’ are humans who see spirits and have the same extraordinary mental powers, though they aren’t considered equals. Centuries ago, Alex’s family led the movement to keep the living and dead separated, but the gifted believe Alex is a reincarnation of their slain civil leader. When they begin to break down the barriers that protect the city, the afterworld becomes dangerous and vulnerable to exposure. The living and dead both want to use Alex for their own gain, but what they don’t realize is that neither side will want her when they find out who she really is.
In the afterworld, nothing stays buried for long.
OF DELICATE PIECES is the follow-up to A. Lynden Rolland’s OF BREAKABLE THINGS.
When Chase dies tragically, Alex embraces her own mortality. What she didn’t expect was that she’d have to make a choice: forget the years of pain and suffering once and for all, or linger as a spirit and get another chance at life and love.
Alex doesn’t hesitate to choose; she’d follow Chase anywhere. But the spirit world is nothing like she expected, and Alex finds she’s forced to fight for her life once more. For even in a world where secrets are buried much deeper than six feet under, a legacy can continue to haunt you—and in a place this dangerous, no one is resting in peace.
Official Music Playlist
Of Delicate Pieces, the sequel to Of Breakable Things, continues with Alex’s experiences in the afterworld but explores more of the mysteries and the magic (and addresses the questions left unanswered). The longer Alex is dead, the more she sees, the more the concept of reality bends, and the more she begins to appreciate the ‘gift’ of death. But for Alex, with understanding comes realization. Alex sees the imperfections in her formerly perfect afterworld: discrimination, seclusion, and oppression hinder the afterworld’s history, and Alex is stuck between the two sides.
Playlist for Of Delicate Pieces (warning: there’s a lot of variety here)
My Chemical Romance: Welcome to the Black Parade
Why? The festivals in Eidolon where the ghosts wear eccentric costumes. They use their minds to distort their appearances. They hold rainclouds by strings. They set fire to themselves. They throw bulbs of emotions into the air to splatter on the crowd below. It’s a creepy, cool, and macabre little parade.
Kodaline: All I want
And Michael Andrews: Mad World
Why? Of Delicate Pieces – the actual title- is taken from a line in the book. The idea is that when we die, the energy, and the intelligence, and the memories we had in life need to go somewhere. Without a body, sometimes the energy forms a spirit, and if not, the pieces of that former person, the memories and emotions, fly around until they attach to something.
I listened to both songs while writing these scenes, and not necessarily because of the lyrics but because of the tones.
Matisyahu: One Day
Why? Of Delicate Pieces is about Alex and Chase and the afterworld, yes, but it’s also about the fighting between the dead and the living, specifically the living who have the same mental powers as the dead (or the ‘gifted’). They are living under a “separate but equal” understanding that doesn’t work for either side. Alex, unfortunately, is stuck between the two worlds due to family history (anti-gifted) vs. her appearance (Sephi Anovark, the golden girl of the gifted rights movement).
Muse: Supermassive Black Hole
The ‘gifted’ people in the series are often called witches (like Professor Duvall in book one), even though they hate the term. They can manipulate sight, move objects with their minds, sense emotions or changes in brain activity, etc. The dead can do these things because their minds are free from their bodies, but the gifted are still living. When they popped into scenes, this song always played in my head.
Sleeping at Last: All Through the Night
Why? For Alex and Chase. Their relationship continues to evolve now that they are dead and have no fear of loss.
X Ambassadors: Renegades
Why? For Jonas. Everyone’s favorite jerk. Why do my readers like him so much??
Anyway, Jonas is off doing his own thing, living separately from the society of Eidolon. This feeds into book 3 because he is running with a group of outlaws and underdogs and ‘renegades.’
Vance Joy: Riptide
Why? For Chase. The lyrics (my interpretation at least) are about a girl he loves that is changing right before his eyes. Alex is changing- she doesn’t need or want only Chase’s approval anymore. She cares about what other people think of her (especially because they think she’s the second coming of a dead prophet). But Chase has always had her on a pedestal and loves her no matter how she changes.
Theme of the series. A song about broken clocks, broken lights, and broken hearts? Yes, please. Add in damaged people, love, and barely being alive, and it’s perfect.
I think readers who enjoyed Of Breakable Things are going to love Of Delicate Pieces, not only because the lingering questions are answered but the afterworld expands and becomes even more psychedelic and flawed.
ABOUT A. LYNDEN ROLLAND:
A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. She has always been intrigued by the dramatic and the broken, compiling her eccentric tales of tragic characters in a weathered notebook she began to carry in grade school. She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc and thunderstorms. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children. She resides in Maryland with her husband and young sons.
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