Farsighted by Emlyn Chand
Release Date: March 15, 2012
Publisher: Blue Crown Press
Genre: YA Paranormal
Challenge: 100 Books in 2012
Buy the Book: Amazon
Alex Kosmitora’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 to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, and enticing new girls 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.
Farsighted was a fun and interesting book. Chand takes on a challenge with this book because of the point of view she chooses. The main character she creats is a teenage boy who is blind. This creates a challenge in itself cause she is neither but I loved how it all worked out in the novel and she did an amazing job.
The characters were well developed and realistic. Alex is smart and likeable however he has a hard time at school. Alex does some idiotic things but I love how he accepts who he is. In the beginning I didnt understand Alex’s dad but as you get into the depth of the story you begin to understand. Alex’s mom is a strong woman (well most of the time). Simmi is a sweet girl who doesnt care that Alex is blind and accepts him. Shapri is a strong teenage girl who is very hard headed. All of the characters definitely add tons to the story line.
The plot was very well thought out and planned. We are given little clues through out and the way Alex’s powers slowly develop leads us on a mysterious journey just like we were really there.
This is a great debut and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. The mysterious, adventure, twists and turns will keep you engaged until the very end.