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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Book Review: Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

Release Date: October 17, 2011
Author: Emlyn Chand
Publisher: Blue Crown Press
Length: 260 pages

"Alex Kosmitoras's life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and... oh yeah, he's blind.

Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger.

With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future."

Review:

Protagonist: Alex learns when he enters his Sophomore year of high school that he has the ability to "see" the future, though due to his blindness his visions rely on his other senses rather than sight. On his first week of school he meets new friends who have just arrived into town and soon after discovers that one of his new friends, one he has begun to develop feelings for, could be in danger from a powerful psychic. Alex starts off as a fairly level headed narrator who uses his lack of sight to tell a compelling and unique side to a story. Though later he grows hasty and makes decisions that hurt those around him, including those who are just trying to help. I slowly started to dislike his sudden outbursts of anger and erratic behavior, even when it was understandable he sometimes took it a bit too far, and eventually I found him to be an increasingly annoying narrator.

Romance: So Alex's romance is a bit weird in this book, it first starts of with his feelings toward Simmi, a girl who instantly captivates him and who he'll do anything to protect. I'm serious, he got really protective over her to the point where it got pretty creepy since they weren't dating. He also seemed to have a weird obsession with her that screamed unhealthy to me from the moment I noticed it getting too far, and eventually led to possessiveness which got really awkward to read.

World-Building: Being the first installment in this series the whole world is introduced as well as what it does and can contain. This world full of "gifts" that plague many of the teens introduced in this book, to which they handle with blind acceptance to utter denial and all the shades in-between. This book also introduces the setting as a small town with a stereotypical high school full of cliques and a bully who torments Alex and his friends.

Predictability: You'd think that a book where the narrator can "see" the future would have no twists and no surprises, but you would be dead wrong. Now while there were a few things that were easily decipherable for the most part, there were also many twists that I just didn't see coming, as well as one where I had to reread the reveal because my mind was so blown by it I couldn't comprehend it. It was great that ever reveal held a new piece of the puzzle and there was a bit of smug satisfaction when I could figure out a twist before Alex did.

Ending: The ending was great and helped introduce more about the second installment without having too much of a huge cliffhanger or plot twist. I did find the ending slightly more bearable once the "final confrontation" was over though I did at times still fin Alex annoying and having a bit of a god complex (or hero complex?). Either way I liked how it seemed to transition into the second installment.

Overall, I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars, you'd think after how much I ripped on it in the beginning that I would have given it a lower score, but I loved it, and knowing that book 2 will have a different narrator helps. I can't wait to continue this marvelously written series and see where it'll go.


3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. Ive had this on my wishlist for awhile. :)
    -Amber

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  2. Thank you for the wonderful review, Zachary. It's funny, everyone who reads Farsighted either looooves Alex or wants to slap him--I can see you're in the slapping camp ;-) And, oh my, let me apologize for taking so long to get over here to thank you--I've been working feverishly on finishing up book #3 in the series--Shapri's book, Pitch :-D

    Em

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  3. definitely want to read this one. I have heard great things! Thanks for the review!

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