\ kon-KAT-n-eyt \ , verb;
1. To link together; unite in a series or chain.
1. Linked together, as in a chain.
Suzanne Collins concatenates like a master. I am only on the 2nd Hunger Games book and I’m utterly, I repeat, utterly amazed at how she links the plot, characters, and love story together. Collins is the queen, I believe more than J.K. (and I’m not jk) of cliffhangers. I know I cannot end a chapter and not turn the page to the next chapter. She cannonballs an ending sentence, usually in italics, that practically knocks you over and demands you to turn the page. I have to stop reading mid sentence, mid chapter to ever put it down.
Last night I was at the gym on the treadmill reading, and I just kept walking and walking and walking. One reason: the italic sentence. Another reason: here are these characters fighting to the death in an arena, am I such a weakling that I can’t walk for another 90 minutes?
It’s a new wellness strategy, to read intense books where whatever I am doing pales in comparison, therefore I am intrepid and carry on.