Half Wild First Chapter Excerpt

Read the first chapter of HALF WILD!

With six months to go until the publication of HALF WILD, here’s the first chapter. Sally would love to hear your feedback, so do tweet your reactions to @sa11egreen!

I found the excerpt on the Half Life Trilogy Site: Half Bad World.com

If you haven’t read half Bad yet then I don’t suggest reading this as it would be a spoiler.

 

 

a new day

a crossbill calls

another bird replies, not a crossbill

the first bird takes over again

and again

the crossbill-

shit, it’s morning

i’ve been asleep

it’s morning, very early

shit, shit, shit

don’t panic

need to wake up                      need to wake up

can’t believe i’ve been asl-

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SHIT!

the noise is here. HERE!

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that level of noise means, oh shit, someone with a mobile is close. very close. shit, i can’t believe i’ve been asleep with Hunters on my tail. and her. the fast one. she was close last night.

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THINK! THINK!

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it’s a mobile phone, for sure it’s a mobile phone. the noise is in my head, not in my ears, it’s to the upper right side, inside, constant, like an electrical interference, pure hiss, mobile hiss, loud, three or four meters away loud. SHIT! THINK! THINK!

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ok right, lots of people have mobiles. if it’s a Hunter, that Hunter, and she could see me, i’d be dead by now.

i’m not dead

she can’t see me

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the noise isn’t getting louder. she’s not moving closer. but she’s not moving away either.

am i hidden?

i’m lying on my side, face pressed into the ground. totally still. can’t see anything but earth.

got to move a little.

but not yet. think first. stay calm and work it out.

there’s no breeze, no sun, just a lightness. it’s early. the sun has to be behind the mountain still. there’s the smell of earth, the pine of the forest. the ground is cool, dry, no dew. there’s the smell of the forest and . . .  there’s another smell.

what is that smell?

and there’s a taste.

a bad taste. it tastes like . . . oh no-

don’t think about it

don’t think about it

don’t think about it

don’t think about it

think about something else

think about where you are

You’re lying on the ground, in the early morning and the air is cool. You’re cold. You’re cold because . . . oh shit, oh shit . . . you’re naked. You’re naked and the top half of you is wet. Your chest, your arms . . . your face are wet.

And you move the fingers of your left hand, the tiniest of movements, and they’re sticky. Sticking together. As if with drying, sugary juice. But it’s not juice.

don’t think about it

don’t think about it don’t think about it don’t think about it don’t think about it

DoN’t THiNk aBOUT IT

THINK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE

THINK ABOUT STAYING ALIVE

You’ve got to move. The Hunters are close on your tail. That fast one was close. She was very close last night.

what happened last night?

what happened?

remember!

NO.

FORGET THAT. THINK ABOUT STAYING ALIVE

WORK OUT WHAT TO DO

You can look, move your head a fraction to see more. The ground by your face is thick with pine-needles. Brown pine-needles. But the brown isn’t from the pine, it’s the colour of dried blood. You’re left arm is extended. It’s streaked in it, dried, brown. But your hand isn’t streaked in it, it’s thick with it. Sopping. Red

close your eyes

close your eyes

close your eyes

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You need to go. Without thinking or looking or remembering. You need to go. For you’re own safety you have to get out of here. You need to get moving. Get away from here. You can find a stream and wash. Wash it all off.

The mobile phone is close, not changing. It won’t be coming closer.

You should look, check. Turn your head to the other side. You can do it. Look, check. . .

it looks like a log

Please be a log. Please be a log. Please be a log.

Please.

it’s not a log.

it’s a shape in black and red, with black boots and with two legs; one straight, one bent. legs dressed in black. black material covering the torso. light-brown hair. her hair. cut short. sopping with blood. her face is turned away.

she’s lying as still as a log

still wet

still oozing

not fast any more

the mobile phone is hers

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and as you raise your head you see the wound that is her throat

and it is jagged and bloody and deep and

red

So what did you think? I, myself, cannot wait to read Half Wild. I am so excited right now that as I right this little paragraph I am literally jumping up and down in my seat and am about to reread Half Bad for the fourth time since I bought it.

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The Half Life Trilogy: Half Bad by Sally Green

Half BadTitle: Half Bad

Review:  Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaHalf Cup of Tea
Author: Sally Green
Published by: Puffin Books
Publication date: March 4 2014
Pages: 400
Genres: Young Adult Fiction/ Adventure Fantasy
Summary: You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday. Easy.

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Review:

I found this book when heading to the airport one day, had forgotten to pack enough books. When I saw this book, it immediately caught my eye. It is about a world where witches live in along with normal humans. It follows a boy who’s mum is a white witch but his dad is an evil black witch. It almost seems like a fantasy take on segregation really, yet it’s way more exciting then reading a segregation novel, in my opinion. The book is quite slow paced though, so it takes a while to really get into it. I really did like the idea that no matter who you’re family is, if you’re not the same then they won’t care. It helped the story greatly, giving motive to certain characters and adding a ‘third dimension’ to them. Along the lines of characters, only the main character, Nathan, really develops that much. The rest of the characters do have back stories although quite shallow, they don’t go too far. Overall though, the book was an amazing and an original idea.

My favourite character was Annalise. She might seem like a weak girl but something about her I absaloutely loved.

Another cool thing about this book was how it swapped from first person and second person narrative. It added an interesting way of letting the readers connect with Nathan and almost experience what he was feeling, seeing, smelling and hearing. In my opinion I think that’s what brought the story to life and it must have succeeded in everyone else’s minds as it has been translated into I think around twenty five languages already and has a film deal with Fox.

So I thoroughly reccomened reading this book: even if you find it a little slow at the beginning, believe me when I tell you it gets infinitely better with every sentence, no, every single individual word makes you want to read on.

For Sally Green’s debut book this is definitely a book to remember