Review: Farsighted

Image courtesy of Emlyn Chand

Alex Kosmitoras is entering his sophomore year of high school with more apprehension than excitement.  It’s never been easy to be “the blind kid,” but since he’s virtually ignored by everyone but the school bully, he hopes he’ll be lucky enough to blend into the background. Just when he’s resigned himself to more of the same, he meets Simmi, a new girl who’s just moved from India to their small town. To Alex’s surprise, not only is Simmi smart, nice and funny, but she actually wants to be friends with him.

At first, he thinks things are finally looking up, but Simmi’s arrival coincides with strange and confusing visions that Alex soon learns are signs he possesses a “second sight” allowing him glimpses of the future.  These visions keep suggesting

that Simmi is in danger and if Alex doesn’t save her, something truly terrible might happen. Following an unpredictable path, Alex embarks on a dangerous journey not only to master his new gift but to fight to save the first girl he’s ever cared about.

Emlyn Chand takes a challenging point of view in writing her story – that of a blind narrator – effectively eliminating the visual sense as an avenue for storytelling.  What results is a captivating tale highlighting the other senses and managing not only to communicate the story effectively, but to truly envelop the reader in Alex’s world.  In particular, I enjoyed the unpredictable elements that kept me guessing about the direction of the narrative, which Chand accomplishes without resorting to the abrupt “shocker” approach.  She creates multifaceted characters with interesting interrelationships and I was riveted to the story until the very end.

While I liked the runes at the start of each chapter, I felt the book would be stronger without the brief prophesies that start each chapter.  I am a big fan of subtle foreshadowing in books but the prophesies felt too overt and not an understated indication of what is to come. In general, I didn’t feel they contributed to the overall success of the novel.

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I’ve read a large number of young adult books recently – many with strong and engaging protagonists – and Alex is one of my favorites.  I like how I can sink right into his character and feel like I am seeing his world, even though his world is depicted through all his other senses.  Farsighted is an engaging and unpredictable read, blending the teen experience with paranormal abilities in a way that is exciting for the reader to sink her teeth into.

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AboutFarsighted: Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t. When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider. Farsighted is the winner of the 2011 Dragonfly eBook Awards. Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the Author: Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit her on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.


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