(The lovely team at Firefly Press sent me this one a long time ago. But my opinions on the book haven’t been affected at all because I received this book for review.)
Firefly sent me this a long, LONG time ago. Far too long ago for my liking, so I’d first like to apologise to Firefly, this took me an inexcusably long time to read. But when I did start reading, I was both wholly intrigued and captivated by this uniquely inventive novel. Here’s why.
Noah’s moved to a new area and joined a new school. He’s desperate to fit in with everyone else, especially Beth. But he’s got a problem: he can’t stop drawing. Not just drawing anything, drawing the future. Put simply, if he draws it, then it will come true. He desperately wants to fit in and feel normal. Blaze lives in the same town, just 100 years before Noah. He’s accused of being a witch because he’s cursed like Noah: he can’t stop drawing. He swaps his pictures for protection, but there’s a deep question that’s affecting them both: can their futures save their today?
This book was quite slow to start off with, and it took me personally a while to get into. However, once you do get into it, it completely captivates you.
The plot itself is very original; how many books do you read where two teenagers draw the future but they live 100 years apart from each other?
The way the story is told is also unique as well. Rhian has used a dual narrative, with chapters that alternate between Noah and Blaze, and unlike other books where it’s become my biggest issue with the book, mainly because it’s been done badly, it’s been done incredibly well in this book meaning that I’m pleasantly surprised by it.
Honestly, and it’s mainly because it’s not been long since I read it, this book reminded me quite a lot of The Next Together by Lauren James, but mainly because of the stories being told in a dual narrative a considerable amount of time apart from each other with similar things happening in each. I think that if you enjoyed The Next Together then you should really try this book, because whilst they’re similar, they’re also really different as well. In other words, this isn’t a clone of another book.
Rhian’s style of storytelling also adds something special to the book too. I’d describe it as an enthralling yet no frills approach to telling a story. Rhian describes the finer details with emphasis and we know a bit about the characters. I would have liked to have seen a bit more description of the characters, but we do know some of the traits that Blaze and Noah possess.
I was impressed by this book. I enjoyed reading it, and can’t believe it took me as long as it did to read it. Looking forward to reading your back catalogue!