First sentence of the book: "It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, when I was chained to a wall and being tortured."
Where I am now: "When the dancers slowly entered the space, singing love, they stopped as one and stamped their feet. They twirled in place, turning clockwise in perfect unison. Their arms moved with the grace of a swan's neck. Their hands and fingers rolled and swirled like silk scarves sailing the wind. Then suddenly they stamped their feet three times, and the musicians struck up a wild, enravishing rendition of that month's most popular movie song. And with the cheering in every throat around them, the girls danced into a million dreams."
This book is incredible, and I don't say that lightly. The language is tangible, the images are easy, the plot is complex, and the characters are deep with emotion and personality. When I borrowed this from a friend of mine, she said it had easily landed within her top five favorite books ever. It's quickly climbing my own ranks, and even the philosophy exposed here counters the Randian muck I waded through in high school.
Give it a read. Let me know what you think.