J is for Jessica Khoury #AtoZChallenge

Posted April 12, 2022 in A-Z Challenge / 4 Comments

A-Z of Favourite Quotes
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Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge! I’ll be posting every day except Sundays throughout April. This year, my readers voted for the theme “My Favourite Book Quotes”. So I’ve collected together the quotations that move me, inspire me and make me smile. I hope you enjoy them!

For letter J, I’ve chosen one of my favourite contemporary sci-fi authors, Jessica Khoury. She explores the ethics of emerging science such as genetic engineering, cloning and artificial intelligence through the Corpus trilogy: Origin, Vitro and Kalahari. I also own her Aladdin retelling, The Forbidden Wish, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Last of Her Name is on my wish list.

My Favourite Quotes by Jessica Khoury

Origin by Jessica Khoury book cover

“That your eyes are like bits of sky seen through the leaves. And that, like the rain washes the mud from the leaves, you… how did he say it? Oh yes. That you wash the darkness from the world.”

“No one should live forever,” I whisper. “Isn’t that how it goes? There must be a balance. No birth without death. No life without tears. What is taken from the world must be given back. No one should live forever, but should give his blood to the river when the time comes so that tomorrow another may live. And so it goes.”

“Maybe reason is neater and more orderly, but nonsense is freeing.”

“He said that seeing and understanding are two different things. Our eyes show us one side of an object, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t five other sides we can’t see. So why thrust your eyes? Why live your whole life thinking that just because you can’t see every side to something, those other sides don’t exist?”

Jessica Khoury, Origin
Vitro by Jessica Khoury

“If people could fall apart, why couldn’t they fall back together?”

“There’s just one rule, just one basic law that everyone lives under : take control or be controlled.”

“There is no brightness without darkness. There is no body without its shadow.”

“It seemed to her that living without control of your own will was hardly a step above not living at all.”

“Well, that’s the thing, isn’t it? Everyone always blames the monster–but no one ever blames the one who created it. Isn’t that right?” He sneered at Moira’s limp form. “Tell me, who is the monster? The creation or the creator? It has to start somewhere.”

Jessica Khoury, Vitro
Kalahari by Jessica Khoury book cover

“She said, ‘People are like stars, but it’s stories that turn us into constellations. If we don’t tell our stories, we burn alone in the dark.”

“Your mother has the mind of a genius and the eyes of a child. You won’t find better than that.”

“Metal and madness and mirrors, that’s all that I am.”

“His curiosity, his energy, his wonder for the world had reawakened the part of me I was so sure I’d lost.”

Jessica Khoury, Kalahari
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Have you read anything by Jessica Khoury? Do you have a favourite quote by an author or from a book beginning with J? Let me know in the comments!

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