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Farsighted Paperback – October 20, 2011
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"I read the book in one sitting... the ONLY other time I have done this is when I read the Harry Potter series." - Marie Bothwick, blogger at Write Panic Live
"Chand’s characters are compelling and diverse... Shapri is a standout." - Kirkus
From the Author
Whether you've read my books in the past or are still trying to decide whether they're something you'd like to read, I'm glad you're here. It's readers like you that have made all my crazy dreams--you know the ones that everyone said were impossible--come true. You are the ones who keep me writing, keep me inspired, keep me sane. And for that, I owe you a gigantic thank you.
You see, I started writing as a way to feel a little less lonely in this far too impersonal world. Since then, I've made it my mission to write and talk about the issues facing today's youth, the issues that are often overlooked in entertainment because they're conceived as gritty, taboo, or simply "too depressing."
In the Farsighted Series, I tackle topics like racism, self-esteem and eating disorders, physical disabilities, and teen substance abuse.
In the Bird Brain Books, the lessons are far simpler--remember to say thank you when someone does something nice for you, know that who you are is what makes you special rather than what you look like, appreciate love, friendship, and beauty where ever you can find it.
I've connected with some amazing people who share my same outlook on today's literary landscape, and I've made fantastic friends in the process. At the end of the day, I love hearing from people who've read my books, and I welcome emails, Facebook messages, tweets--any way you'd like to get in touch with me, it just makes my day.
Every now and then, I like to reach out to readers with free Advance Review Copies or other giveaways on my site, and I'm planning to do so much more of that in 2013. To keep up with these opportunities, please come on over and subscribe to my newsletter at EmlynChand.com/contact.
You can also email me at email@example.com or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has so many levels to grasp onto. Whether you're into sci-fi and fantasy, or you just want a good story about growing up, making hard choices and doing the 'right' thing. This book will grab you and take you for a wonderful imaginary ride. That ride, will also make poignant jabs at your own past, or someone you likely know.
While Alex may be blind, he can still see things other people can't and that creates the beginning of a thread that twines through every chapter of the book. It's a wonderfully bound together book, with some spectacular writing that really lets the reader get to know the characters through Alex's 'eyes'.
This would be an awesome intro into fantasy and sci-fi writing for any YA reader. It's not an entirely new world to get used to, like say [...]Star Trek, but a world that seems completely plausible with a few twists to it.
I'd even go so far as to say any age could get a lot out of this book. I say that because the characters are so well written and life like that it's hard NOT to identify with them. I also have to say the first thing I noticed was the runes at the beginning of each chapter.
Just when I think my life can't get any weirder, it does. I can't decide whether being a psychic magnet is more awesome or terrifying. It's one thing to read about this stuff in books or listen to it in the movies, but to actually become a super hero?
is what kept me reading, and made me identify with Alex. Emlyn Chand's writing is awesome. Just sayin'
So, here's another plug for Emlyn and her awesomeness. She's part of the Book Bundlz book pick. Actually she's leading the pack right now. You do have to register, but [...] voting</a> would mean a lot to her. She's a young author, and she's making it on her own. She really is inspirational, and also the president of [...]Novel Publicly</a>, which I have in the recent past hosted whirlwind blog tours for.
<em>[...]Open Heart</a> </em>is the next in the series, and I will state right away, that I am very excited for it.
I hope if nothing else, my review makes you go read the book itself. It's available here on Amazon, and not expensive at all. Especially given the great writing invovled.I know I have at least a few friends with Kindle's who'd enjoy it. It was a great, easy and fun book to read. I hope you enjoy as well.
Born blind, Alex has never seen the world as others do. Instead his heightened senses allow him to smell, hear and feel the world around him ... and occasionally, foresee the world too. Because Alex has another `gift' - the power of second sight.
When a lovely new female Indian student called Simmi arrives at Alex's school, life takes a dramatic turn for the better ... until Alex's foresight has him `seeing' Simmi in danger.
With the help of his psychic next-door-neighbour, Alex is determined to turn his second sight into a force for good and save the girl he is kinda-maybe-definitely falling for.
`Farsighted' is the debut YA paranormal novel from Emlyn Chand.
Chand set a difficult task for herself when she decided to write a blind protagonist for her debut YA paranormal. It's no mean feat, cutting readers off from one of their narrator's most crucial sensory perceptions - but Chand, like Alex, compensates. There's a fullness to the story, detailed in Alex's other senses - his heightened smell, touch and hearing mean that for pages and pages you'll forget that you're reading the voice of a blind boy, who is skimming over the most encompassing perception - sight. I was really impressed at how Chand jumped over this difficult hurdle with her precise and flavourful descriptions of everything Alex smells, hears and touches. Not to mention what he foresees ...
Alex is a veritable Cassandra - able to see the future, but not necessarily alter it. I loved this very clever take on `second sight' - a cruel gift when Alex is blind. Alex has never felt more impotent than when his foresight shows him his crush, Simmi, in danger. But he is determined to turn his `curse' into a rescue mission, and do whatever it takes to save his girl.
One thing I really liked in `Farsighted' was Chand's descriptions and focus on bullying. Fair warning, you will want to box the bully, Brady, around the ears (regardless of `violence is not the answer'!). I kind of loved that Alex wasn't written wrapped in cotton wool just because of his being blind. Brady doesn't care or sympathize with Alex, he just attacks him. Bullying is a big issue in itself, but I really commend the way Chand dealt with it in Alex's everyday life.
I really did enjoy this book ... but more the second-half than the first. Chand takes a while to warm the story up - due partly to the fact that she's battling the difficulties of writing in first-person from someone who does not have sight. It's mostly a logistical problem, as Chand works around all that Alex can't tell us, while also establishing this world and setting. But once the story puts the pedal-to-the-metal, there are enough careening twists and turns to keep readers breathless and drooling for more.