Release Date: 03/11/11
Arnold Ruben has created a memory machine, a utopia housed in a picture palace, where the happiest memories replay forever, a haven in which he and his precious daughter can shelter from the war-clouds gathering over 1937 Britain. But on the day of her seventeenth birthday Amaryllis leaves Warlock Hall and the world she has known and wakes to find herself in a desolate and disturbing place. Something has gone terribly wrong with her father's plan. Against the tense backdrop of the second World War Sally Gardner explores families and what binds them, fathers and daughters, past histories, passions and cruelty, love and devastation in a novel rich in character and beautifully crafted.
When I want a book that’s different against any other in the Young Adult market then you’ll often find me picking up a title by Sally Gardner, as they have realistic associable characters, great plot lines and whilst usually historical in nature, they are available to the modern reader without any difficulty.
What this latest book from Sally presents to the reader is a story that whilst it has science fiction elements, allows the reader to find the principle characters perils and tribulations whilst being able to associate with them which keeps this book at an adrenaline high throughout as you worry about each new situation that arises. It has some cracking dilemmas, harsh choices and above all else an authorly voice that is easily unique in the YA world. Finally add to this a wonderful use of language alongside pace and authorly sleight of hand and the reader really won’t put this down until that last page is turned.