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Three Songs for The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen *Spoilers*

A while back I did a review and outfit for The Scourge; since then I haven’t mentioned this amazing book once. Well, in the time that has passed, I have compiled a short list of songs that I believe represent The Scourge wonderfully. Note: if a section has the same color -other than black- the commentary applies to the entire colored section.

Steady by For King and Country (Ani and Weevil’s friendship)

You’re my true north when I’m headed south   (Weevil tells Ani she balances him)
My constant solid ground   (Weevil is always there for Ani)
You are my lantern in the night   (Weevil helps guide Ani, he comes to her when she’s locked in the cage at night)

When I’m twisted up and shaken  (Ani balances Weevil, he balances her, they calm each other down)
You’re the one I put my faith in  (They trust each other to an unbelievable extent)
Yeah, you’re the reason I survive   (They couldn’t survive without each other, Weevil helps her figure out what’s wrong with the medicine, he gives her food, she tells the colonists to dump their medicine)

[Chorus:]
You keep me steady when the sky is falling   (They support each other unconditionally, they men on the island hold on to Ani so she doesn’t fall off the treadmill)
And I’ll keep steady after You   (They stick together to the end)
I’ll carry on when my strength is failing   (Even when Ani is exhausted on the treadmill she keeps going to protect Weevil)
Take heart ‘cause You’re with me   (They always are there for each other, Weevil goes to the island even though he doesn’t have to)
So let the stars drop, whatever comes  (Once again, no matter what they stick by each other, Weevil always is there for Ani)
I’ll be ready, You keep me steady   (They’re always ready to help each other, they support each other)
You keep me steady  (Same as before, undying loyalty)

You’re a river, You cover me   (The flooding river, they cover for each other no matter the price)
When the bombs fall, You’re the cavalry   (They’re always ready to sacrifice their own comfort for the other)
Somehow You’re always standing right by my side   (Even when it doesn’t seem possible Weevil is there for Ani)

So no matter what I will be facing   (They overcome crazy odds)
I will not be over-taken   (They won’t allow themselves to be overtaken, Ani in the snake pit)
And You are the only reason why   (If it wasn’t for each other they would have never made it through)

[Chorus]

You’re my hiding place, my home (They keep each other safe)
And fear cannot invade these four walls   (The cave they find where the survivors live)
I need You near, I need You here   (They need each other more than can be expressed)

[Chorus]

You keep me steady   (They support each other)
You keep me steady   (They balance each other beautifully)

It’s Not Over Yet by For King and Country  (The main theme of the book: don’t give up)
They are inside your head
You got a voice that says
You won’t get past this one
You won’t win your freedom
It’s like a constant war   (There is always that voice telling them that they can’t make it)
And you want to settle that score   (They try to fight for what’s right)
But you’re bruised and beaten   (They are injured but they don’t give up hope)
And you feel defeated   (Sometimes the odds seem impossible and nothing seems to work but they don’t stop trying, it seemed like it was over when Ani was in the snake pit but she didn’t give in, she held on and fought)

This goes out to the heaviest heart   (Weevil’s heart is heavy with worry and responsibility)

[Chorus:]
Oh, to everyone who’s hit their limit
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et
And even when you think you’re finished
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et   (They have a limited amount of medicine and sometimes it feels like not having it will kill them, but in truth, it makes them stronger)
Keep on fighting
Out of the dark
Into the light   (They have to fight to see the truth and share it)
It’s not over
Hope is rising
Never give in
Never give up
It’s not over

Yea-et-et, whoa
Yea-et-et, whoa   (They won’t give up, hope will rise)

Oh, game set match
It’s time to put it in your past, oh  (Weevil has to get over the fact that Ani helped his family without telling him and focus on the important things)
Feel the winter leavin’
It’s redemption season   (Things will get better)
Long live the young at heart (Here we are)   
Cheers to a brand new start (Here we are)   (They’re young and they keep trying, they go back home and get a new start)
We’re revived and breathing   (They start to get better)
To live a life of freedom   (They finally earn their freedom)

[Chorus:]
Oh, to everyone who’s hit their limit
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et
And even when you think you’re finished
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et   (They have a limited amount of medicine and sometimes it feels like not having it will kill them, but in truth, it makes them stronger)
Keep on fighting
Out of the dark  
Into the light   (They have to fight to see the truth and share it)
It’s not over
Hope is rising
Never give in
Never give up
It’s not over   (They won’t give up, hope will rise)

Life is a race we run
So run till the race is won
Don’t you ever give up (Here we are)
Oh no never give up (Here we are)
Life is a race we run
So run till the race is won
Don’t you ever give up (Here we are)
We will never give up (Here we are)   (On the treadmill Ani is running a race that never seems to end but she doesn’t give up)

[Chorus:]
Oh, to everyone who’s hit their limit
And even when you think you’re finished
It’s not over yet
Oh, to everyone who’s hit their limit
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et   
And even when you think you’re finished
It’s not over yet
It’s not over ye-et   (They have a limited amount of medicine and sometimes it feels like not having it will kill them, but in truth, it makes them stronger)
Keep on fighting
Out of the dark
Into the light   (They have to fight to see the truth and share it)
It’s not over
Hope is rising
Never give in
Never give up
It’s not over   (They won’t give up, hope will rise)

Yea-et-et, whoa
Yea-et-et, whoa
Yea-et-et, whoa
Yea-et-et, whoa

To the Dreamers by For King and Country  (The plot and theme)
Beat up but won’t be broken   (They’re beaten but they won’t let themselves be broken)
Lonesome but always searching   (Weevil saying Della needs a friend)
Homesick but nobody’s heading home soon   (They want to go home but can’t)
Keep on, keeping on, keeping on   (They just have to keep fighting)

Long days; too many short nights   (They don’t get much rest)
Wrong ways that almost felt right  (Weevil messes with  the medicine, trying to fix it, they try to make things right but can never quite get it)
Lovesick but no one you’re holding on to  (Della is in love but her lover is not there)
So keep on, keeping on, keeping on   (They just have to keep fighting)
And sing along, sing along, sing along… Yeah   (The men sing with Ani to get rid of the wardens)

[Chorus:]
To the dreamers
Wide-eyed believers
Hanging onto hope by a thread
To the soulful
Heart open hopeful
Keep on charging ahead
‘Cause, when you feel it, once you see it, and you breathe it
It’s unforgettable
When you know it, once you know it, and you hold it
It’s unforgettable   (They almost appear crazy for what they believe but they know it’s true, they keep fighting, they hold on to hope even if it’s only a thread)

God knows you question your courage   (They do question if they can make it)
And some days I can’t walk for stumbling   (Somedays it’s too hard, Ani stumbles on the treadmill)
If we could only see what we’re becoming  (Ani can see she’s getting better, they try to share this with the other colonists)

So keep on, keeping on, keeping on   (They just have to keep fighting)
And sing along, sing along, sing along… Yeah    (They sing to get rid of the wardens, people pay Ani to stop singing and she uses the money to help Weevil)

[Chorus]

When you feel it, once you see it, and you breathe it,
It’s unforgettable
When you know it, once you know it, and you hold it
It’s unforgettable

When you feel it, once you see it, and you breathe it,
It’s unforgettable
When you know it, once you know it, and you hold it
It’s unforgettable    (They almost appear crazy for what they believe but they know it’s true, they keep fighting, they hold on to hope even if it’s only a thread)

I was wondering and I was wandering   (Della was wondering on her own, Ani and Weevil running through the forest and get separated)
So down and out, I was lost not found   (Sometimes things seem to be so off of what they want and need)
History said, oh someone said, that you could never exist   (History said the disease did exist, Ani proves it doesn’t exist)
But then a whisper, start of a kiss   
Came to me in all of a sudden like a dream, a fantasy
That day didn’t feel quite real   (They seem some proof of the medicine hurting them, they kiss, it doesn’t seem real that the governor is selling them)
You took a half dead soul and You made me believe
I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe   (They were almost dead, the colonists eventually believe)

To the dreamers
Wide-eyed believers
Hanging onto hope by a thread
To the soulful
Heart open hopeful
Keep on charging ahead   (At first they don’t have much proof, not many people believe them, they keep their hope, Ani keeps on walking on the treadmill)

[Chorus x2]

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A Song for Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

I know lately I’ve been talking about Michael Vey a lot. I also know I’m obsessing over book one, even though the sixth one just came out, but hey, I just started reading the series. Better late than never, right? Lastly, I would like to state that I think this song most closely relates to the time Taylor spent at the academy, rather than the entire book, and it is for this reason that I’m writing a large portion my commentary as if they were Taylor’s thoughts.

Run Wild by For King and Country

Are the walls to lock you in or to keep others away  (Is Hatch trying keep us locked up or is he protecting us? Tara says you get plenty of freedom.)
And if the doors were to be opened would you leave or would you stay  (Hatch says it’s my choice, but is it? Is it better than my old life?)

The comfort of your misery you cherish dearly, you cherish dearly  (Even though Hatch says that living like a normal person was horrid, I miss it. I cherish my “misery” dearly.)
And you haven’t started dreaming ’cause you’re still fast asleep, you’re fast asleep  (Sometimes it seems peaceful and happy)

But don’t you want to
Run wild, live free
Love strong, you and me  (Which way do I want to live free? With Hatch or the way I was used to? Do I need Michael?)

You’re a lion full of power who forgot how to roar  (Hatch says that since I’m older it might be harder to adjust but I still can)
You’re an eagle full of beauty but you can’t seem to soar  (He says we’re eagles, and he wants me to succeed, right?)

Will you return to the garden where you were first made whole  (Do I want to go home?)
Will you turn to the one who can liberate your soul  (Or do I want to stay with Hatch who says he can give me anything?)

Don’t you want to
Run wild, live free
Love strong, you and me  (How do I want my freedom? With Hatch and the group, or at home?)
Run wild, live free
Love strong  (Do I want the freedom to do anything I want, or am I willing to sacrifice a little of it, for all he can offer?)

To every soul locked in a cage
In the prison of your past mistakes  (I’m locked in a cage, but they say I’ve made it. Michael’s POV in Cell 25: Was it a mistake not to listen to Hatch?)
No, there’s no time left to waste
Yeah, you can make your great escape  (We’ll escape, we have to try)
We’re made to run wild, run wild, run wild
We’re made to run wild, run wild, run wild  (I know I want full freedom now)

Run forest, all depends what direction  (They need to run for cover)
Some people run from fear, some from their own reflection (I know it’s random, but, Zeus running from water, he sees his reflection in the water)
Some people run their mouth, some people run their house  (Hatch will say anything to convince us to follow him)
Ruling with the heart of a tyrant  (But his heart isn’t what it seems)
Some people run their block, bust shots with a 4-4-5 and
That’s the environment, how we were raised  (The Glows who came in younger were easier to convince and much more loyal, they were raised that way. Nichelle gets dumped where she came from)
Living like lions but trapped in a cage  (Hatch tells they will be powerful, they are powerful, but they live in the cage he created for them)
Back to a imago day with the blood of a king and the heart of a slave  (He tells them they have are the best, but he treats them like slaves until he has their minds)
Don’t you wanna run  (Michael telling Zeus to run with them)

And if your soul’s locked in a cage
You can make your great escape
We’re made to run wild, live free
Love strong, you and me  (Zeus was controlled by Hatch, Michael tells him he can run free now, he does. Taylor, was almost overtaken, so was Michael, but Hatch didn’t succeed, they’re free. Letting the prisoner’s go)

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Like a Star by Britt Nicole-The Mark of the Dragonfly’s Song (Spoilers)

Purple: Piper’s life pre-Anna and the 401.

Red: Gee’s protection

Bright blue: Gee flying

Yellow: Gee’s eyes

Green: Gee and Piper’s love

Dark blue: Electricity engines

Been working overtime    (Piper works late at night)                                                                                 And gettin’ sick of these crazy games  (Going to the shelter seems like a routine or a game)
I’ll be a satellite   (Gee watching over the train and it’s passengers)
And wait for someone to enter my gaze   (Gee waiting for someone to try to harm the train) 

I see you like a star in the sky  (Gee flying high in the sky)     
And I love it   (As time goes on she feels safe flying with him and enjoys it)
Yeah, the light in your eyes   (Gee’s eyes when he gets angry or feels a lot of emotion)
And I wonder
When you’re looking in mine
Do you see them
Like a star in the sky

You got me falling for ya   (At first, they won’t admit to themselves that they like each other)
And I won’t stop ’til I hit the clouds   (He won’t stop until Piper and Anna are safe)
See I don’t wanna hide these feelings
Or even try to figure them out   (Piper tries to avoid her feelings often, Gee won’t admit to liking Piper)

Sparks flyin’ all around   (Trimble, the engine of the 401, and Piper’s work)
Electricity  (Anna’s body)
Dance with me, dance with me, dance with me  (They fall in love, flying is kinda of their dance)
Ten feet of the ground   (Gee taking off)
No gravity   (Gee flying)
Fly with me, fly with me   (Gee flying Piper and Anna to safety)