A Happy Death (original title La mort heureuse) is a novel by absurdist French writer-philosopher Albert Camus. The existentialist topic of the book is the "will to happiness," the conscious creation of one's happiness, and the need of time (and money) to do so. It draws on memories of the author including his job at the maritime commission in Algiers, his suffering from tuberculosis, and his travels in Europe.
I just finished your Kricket series in three days and went to hunt for the chance of more. They are excellent. I loved the ending but I'm so not ready to be done! So many questions unanswered. I will keep my fingers crossed for more but I admit I would love another set of three books added not just one. There is a world about to be remade into an empire and it doesn't seem like a single book could cover it!
In reply to Mbb. I understand where you are coming from in regards to Trey and feel he has been unjustly treated but try looking at it this way, and this is how I perceive Kricket (and Amy the Author) felt about it. Firstly let me give you a personal present day example, I have a child and my love is absolute, I couldn't sacrifice my childs life for anyone, my parents, sisters even to save the whole world, does that make me a monster, I don't think so, because I WOULD sacrifice my OWN life to save my family, the world, but nothing on this earth could make me give up my childs life, because my love is absolute, now you have Trey, his love isn't absolute because his love for his people and family outweighs his love for Kricket, don't get me wrong he loves her deeply, but just not absolutely, which isn't wrong, and morally its right,, but from Krickets point of view he is just doing exactly what her family did, instead of trying to make a plan where everyone can be saved and again if they had had a child it would mean he would be willing to sacrifice THEIR child for his people, just like her dad is doing. Now lets look at Kyon, nothing is more important to Kyon than Kricket, not his people, he killed loads of them at the island, not family, and not even the revenge on his father in the end as Kricket had to sneak off to sacrifice herself and Kyon handed himself over to his evil father knowing he would be tortured an killed after finding out. Kyon's love was absolute because he didn't want her to sacrifice herself and no one was more important to him. He was definitely a major Asshat through most of the books, but you must remember that Trey and Kyon came from different cultures, his psychopathic behaviour was normal in his culture, Kricket fell in love with him because they both had terrible childhoods, fathers that wanted them dead and she could see he slightly broken, which her love was healing. She fell in love with Trey because he was good, protective and his morals were high (more human like). Don't get me wrong I loved Trey and was all Trey through a lot of the book, but he had a happy childhood, growing up with a loving family and great friends. I think the reason why a lot readers don't mind her falling in love with Kyon too is because he was broken by culture and family and it was good to see him have some happiness and to see his character developing to be more human. I hope this has helped you understand a bit more why other readers are o.k. with Kyon too. x
Wow, Amy (I hope it's okay to call you Amy even though I've never had the opportunity to meet you)! If this is an ugly 1st draft, I'm beyond impressed and amazed (and honestly a bit envious) of your mad writing skills. If I was still a HS English teacher instead of an ES Librarian, I would be begging to have you skype with my students as inspiration. Unfortunately for my K-5 students, your work is way above their understanding. I can't find the words to explain how your stories make me feel. I found your Premonition series at the beginning of the year and feel in love. You have an ability to make the bad guys lovable, and show that they're not all bad. Brennus became that for me. It proves nothing and noone is ever black and white. The characters are described in a way that makes the reader know them intimately, and their stories and emotions are so intricately woven that the reader become invested. After the Premenition series, I couldn't bring myself to read the Kricket series; it just didn't seem like it could live up to how the Premonition series made me feel (the blurb didn't entice me). Thanks to Kindle, I received Secondborn as a Kindle First. The write up was okay, nothing that said read right now, but I knew I liked your Premonition series, and it was free, so I downloaded it. It too was fabulous, and I'm so happy to hear there is a contract for two more books. The world you created and again the characters left me enthralled. At this point I was jonesing for more, so I turned to the Kricket series.Boy have I've been missing out. I don't know how you made me go from cheering for Trey, Kricket, and the cavars and hating Kyon, to loving Kyon and wanting Kricket as Empress. She deserves to be Empress after how she has been used and abused. She is definitely the stronger daughter. Although I appreciate your ending even though theres no HEA, these characters are too special to end here. There are too many what ifs, Kricket's stone/paper heart is torn in two, she's back on Earth that has nothing for her, and she has a deadbeat dad that needs a reckoning. I hope the characters keep talking to you because there's more story out there for Kricket, Kyon, Trey, Giffen, Phlix, Pan, and Astrid, and I for one can't wait to see more of what you come up with. Your mind is an inspiration! I'm waiting impatiently for what's next!
I'm crossing my fingers that there will be more to this series! I read all three books in a couple days because I couldn't put them down, and that was between painting my porch and work. Whenever I sat down I was reading... even while eating. I need more and soon! :)
Hi, Amy,Thank you for leaving us with your thoughts and this little snippet...and maybe just the hope that there may, one day, be more to Kricket's story. This series has affected me (and others, it appears) so deeply. I picked the books up while waiting for the next in the Secondborn series, and ran through them all in a matter of days. Could.Not.Stop.Reading. I'm a 40+ year old woman--former English teacher--but I was absolutely enthralled with Kricket's character and story. I'd like to slay your editor, however. While the end of Book 3 is a beautiful ending for the 3rd in a series, it does exactly what it needs to do for a continuation--leaves the reader desperate for resolution, and dwelling on what might be happening in the lives of these characters for days and nights afterwards. Kricket is a fighter--not a runner (think of that leap of faith she makes to Trey!). Giffen is violently mission-oriented. Pan is resolute in what must and must not happen. And then, of course, there are Trey and the Cavars and Kyon. I have to confess that after Book 3 I am squarely on Team Kyon. He's every pirate, scotsman, and Viking fantasy rolled into one, and he's showed he's willing to sacrifice everything for Kricket and bend on nothing. Trey...not so much. The point with all that is that none of these characters would just let her go. Kricket wouldn't even let it go. Maybe for a time, but never permanently. She's too "savage." We love your heart, Amy, and how it beats in your characters. Please, please when you finish Secondborn, allow it to beat once again in Kricket.
I just found your Kricket series and burned through them in a few days on audiobooks. If you were to continue the adventures I would be the first in line to purchase. IF you are in need of living in Ann Arbor to help research the area for the book I would be happy to treat to you lunch at Arbor Brewing Company and then go next door to Liberati Book store to hang and chill!
You said it perfectly! I don't think this ending was very Kricket. Maybe the Kricket before the books that had to run and hide most of her adolescence, but Kricket grew so much that to just end it with her just running away and hiding again seems to undermine the great potential she has as a strong female lead. "Everyone is against me and I can never be happy in life so I will run for the rest of my days and hide from my destiny." That is what I got from this ending and I think that is beneath Kricket. Check even if she does heroically or something at least that would be becoming of her.
Hi Amy, Let me start off by saying I love your books. I love your writing style, intricate plots that keep you guessing, and the mixture of genres you blend together so well. Upon completing Darken the Stars( I finished the entire series in 3 days they were that good), I was very confused to find there was no 4th book. While I can understand the want for a non traditional ending, this seemed incomplete. In comparison to the rest of your writing this seemed like the story just stopped mid thought and offers the reader Zero closure to any of the major plot points. We are left with her still being chased, a war still raging, family drama that is still very much unexplained, and several characters that we have no idea what will happen to them. It was like watching 3 seasons of a great tv series only to find it had been cancelled without any explanation to how the series would have ended if it had been allowed to continue. I like your series so much, coming to the end of this book was like finding out Firefly had been cancelled all over again. I immediately wanted to go on fanfiction.net just to see if someone had finished some of the plot in any form or fashion.I was happy to find this preliminary excerpt that you had written. I believe this story and it's characters deserve more and I would buy every book that followed this 3rd book. I do hope you continue this series. I have read Secondborn and it is a good series so far, but now I worry that that series will end in an unsatisfying way as well and it makes me hesitant to continue. I was going to start your inquisition series but find myself holding back afraid that it will be the same. Please finish the Kricket series, as it has no closure at this point, leaving us readers feeling a little let down.You are a wonderful writer and I hope that I can continue to read more of your work. 2b1af7f3a8