Author: Emlyn Chand
Publication date: November 24th 2011
Publisher: Blue Crown Press
Pages: 212 (ebook version)
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
was over the moon when author Emlyn Chand contacted me and asked me whether I would like to take part in the Farsighted blog tour and be one of the lucky few who got to read her book before the release date. YA fiction is very close to my heart and even though I haven’t read much paranormal fiction before, I was more than ready to give it a shot. Thank goodness for that, because this book is simply unputdownable.
lex Kosmitoras seems like your average 16 year-old high school student who is bullied by the “cool guys”, who sits by himself in the school cafeteria and is hopeless when it comes to making friends or interacting with girls. Alex, however, is different. He has been blind ever since he can remember. And if it wasn’t enough, it turns out that he’s gifted – that is, he can see the future. As much as he would like to ignore this, he can’t. Especially when Simmi, a new girl from India moves into town and becomes Alex’s best (and only) friend – but the boy’s visions begin to suggest that Simmi is about to die. What can he do in order to save her? Can he put an end to these visions, change the future and save Simmi’s life?
f you are looking for a well-researched, entertaining and highly captivating read, then Farsighted was definitely made for you. Alex may be blind but it only makes the story more interesting. The way Chand works with adjectives is wonderful – you would think it is going to be hard to narrate a story from a blind person’s point of view but the author made it seem like the easiest thing in the world. I was really touched by how Alex described everything in so much detail – how her mother smelled like flowers and how Simmi reminded him of an Almond Joy bar. You’re thrown into the world of someone who doesn’t know what colours look like, how his friends or his home look like which makes the story really fascinating. For me the most moving part of the book was when Alex says that even though he doesn’t know how it looks like, the colour green is his favourite because so many of the best-smelling things are of that colour.
f I wanted to make comparisons, I would say that Farsighted is like The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and Harry Potter rolled into one – and do take it as a huge compliment because I love both series. Both Adrian and Alex grew up in a family that struggles to make ends meet and to earn enough money to get by. Chand gives a bittersweet touch to the story by describing how poor Alex’s family is. His backpack is starting to tear and his only pair of boots are scuffed, still, his parents would give anything to be able to buy him new clothes and new books. They both have a sarcastic sense of humour which is right up my street and which, in my opinion, makes the book even better. Alex’s mum reminded me a little bit of Mrs Weasley (who I absolute adore, by the way) – an overprotective mother who calls his son her “brave little oak tree” and her “little sapling” even though that little sapling isn’t that “little” anymore.
he main reason why I loved this story is because it’s so complex. It includes everyday characters, people we meet every day, people who are just like us – but there’s a magical side to the story as well. I love the fact that multiculturalism plays quite an important role in this book – as Chand puts it, “I don’t see why my characters all need to belong to the same culture or ethnicity. What fun is that?” And I agree. Why should all the characters be the same? It makes the story stand out and believe me, it works. In addition, the story is written in the first person – that is, Alex is the narrator. This was quite new for me because most books I’ve read used a third person narrator, but similarly to multiculturalism, it works perfectly.
t’s a very well written representative of the YA fiction genre – witty, fresh, entertaining and exciting. It keeps you on the edge of your seat all along and makes you want to find out what happens at the end. It’s a perfect read for a quiet night-in so make sure to get a copy and read it, you won’t be disappointed.