"When they stop talking, I reach my left hand into the bag and bring out a pair of sunglasses, and methodically run my right hand over them to make out their shape. They’ve got hard plastic frames and cushiony rubber ends where they sit on top of the ears. They’re broad in front; the rim goes in a straight line all the way across about a half an inch above the nosepiece.
These aren’t the normal bookworm glasses. They’re cool guy glasses."
Alex, Farsighted by Emlyn Chand
The story is about Alex, who has been blind since birth, and the friends he meets his Sophomore year of school. Up to this point Alex has been an outcast, made fun of and has no friends. He hopes this year will be different. His family has been on hard times, which allows us to see a facet of Alex's personality as he handles the issues that arise from the situation. As two girls, Simmi and Shapri, come into his life, so do the visions and Dax.
What do you think it would be like to be a blind oracle - to see the future without really seeing? In this story you find out what it's like for Alex.
In some ways this story was a bit simplistic in parts, however, it is a YA book and I'm not a YA reader. The writing style would be great for any aged YA reader at any reading ability level. The story flowed well and the characters developed over the story. I was hooked all the way through the book wanting to know what happened next. I felt that the author did a great job of writing from Alex's perspective, allowing us to see through his "eyes" - or rather senses. The emotional teenaged ups and downs were evident and well written.
The next book in the series is available, Open Heart. I'm looking forward to adding that one to my kindle in the near future. Can't wait to find out what happens to Alex, Simmi, Shapri, and Dax!