October 28, 2012
The Book Hookup is so excited to have Samantha Durante, author of the dystopian trilogy, Stitch, stop by today. Well, maybe I should say Isaac since this excerpt is told from his POV.
Hi everyone! Thanks so much to Celeste, Jag, Amy, Ana and Christina for hosting the Stitch Blog Tour today! I’m so excited to visit The Book Hookup.
Below is a guest post from Isaac, the male lead in Stitch. As background, Stitch starts out seemingly as a paranormal romance between the main character, Alessa, and what she believes is a ghost… but pretty soon Alessa and the “ghost” realize there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than what they’ve been led to believe, and neither of them are really who they think they are. I don’t want to give away too much of the twist, but suffice it to say that Alessa and Isaac have quite a fight ahead of them in the next two books of the trilogy.
So in that light, I asked Isaac to answer this question for today’s guest post: what do you think is worth fighting for?
Isaac: What’s Worth Fighting For
What’s worth fighting for?
That’s a question that Alessa and I have had to ask ourselves a lot over the course of the Stitch trilogy. Because when you’re faced with impossible odds, it’s easy to give up. It’s easy to say, “You know, this is not my job to fix. I think I’m going to sit this one out.” And for a long time, that’s just what we did.
Alessa and I were only kids when we ended up… well, for the sake avoiding spoilers, I’ll just say when we ended up where we did. Before everything had happened, we’d had parents, I’d had an older sibling, and we were used to being taken care of. Used to knowing that someone else was in charge, and someone else was making sure everything worked out.
And then everything changed. All of a sudden we were on our own, surrounded by strangers, in an unfamiliar place that we had no choice but to call home. But still, someone was in charge. Someone told us where to sleep and what to do, gave us food and clothing and a roof over our heads, even turned the TV on for us in the evenings so we wouldn’t be bored. It was a lot like having parents again, except that they weren’t parents. They were just people who were stuck here like us. So we did what we were told, because what else could we do? There was nowhere else to go, and it seemed like – all things considered – we could have been much worse off. We could have been dead.
But after a while, things just weren’t right anymore. I mean, they hadn’t been really right to begin with, but we’d been content – we’d felt safe. But then when we started paying attention, we didn’t anymore. And then we found out why.
That was the first time in my life when I had to ask myself that question: what’s worth fighting for?
At that point, I still had someone to look up to, so I did. He felt that the freedom to make our own decisions – and the right to answers – were worth fighting for. So I did too. I didn’t really understand then, but I knew that I’d do anything to win his respect, to prove to him – and to myself – that I was worthy. So I fought. I stood by his side and we fought, and maybe I didn’t always appreciate why, but to me it was simple: I fought because he wanted me to.
And then I lost him.
That’s when I really understood what’s worth fighting for.
We fight for the people we love. We fight for their right to live, free from hunger and pain and fear. We fight to keep them safe, to keep their futures safe. And when one of them is ripped from our arms, we fight for their memory, for retribution, and for the assurance that no one else will ever have to go through what you’ve been through. Because once you’ve felt that pain – trust me – you’d never wish it on anyone. And so it becomes your responsibility to stop it from happening again.
Alessa and I were brought together by the agony of losing the person we loved most. But unlike me, Alessa still had someone left, someone to protect. So she tried, for a while, to stay out of it, to keep her head down and keep her family safe. But when you come from where we come from, sometimes you don’t have a choice. And eventually she realized this – realized that it was either fight for change, or lose the person you are and the person you love. And so together we fought.
And after everything I’ve been through – everything I’ve lost – I know with certainty now that we fight for one thing: love. And I know that love is the only thing worth fighting for. Because without love, nothing – not freedom, not honor, not even life itself – has meaning. We live for those we’ve loved, for those we’ve yet to love, and for those who love us still. And, if you ask me, that love is something worth fighting for. So I fight.
About the author: Samantha Durante lives in New York City with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. Stitch is her first novel.
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Thank you so much, Samantha, for stopping by! Check back soon for Celeste’s full review of Stitch!