Author: Sally Gardner
Publisher: Indigo from Orion
Published: 3 November 2011 (HB) - coming Aug 2012 in PB
Genre: hmm, tough one. Fantasy maybe (since it's not realism)? Magic realism perhaps? Sci-fi (since it posits a fabulous machine)? I suppose you'll have to read it to decide :)
Find it at Amazon UK
The blurb says:
Once there was a girl who asked of her reflection, 'If all I have is fragments of memories and none of them fit together, tell me then, do I exist?'
In a bluebell wood stands a picture palace. Arnold Rubens built it to house an invention of his that could change the war torn world forever. It is to be given to Amaryllis, his daughter, on her seventeenth birthday.
But it's a present she doesn't want, and in it is a past she has to come to terms with and a boy whose name she can't remember.
Who knows what her past has been, or what the future might hold for Amaryllis, lost as she is in this place with no time?
My verdict: beautiful, haunting and evocative, this is a real book to lose yourself in. Recommended for teens upwards.
Thank you to Indigo at Orion for sending this lovely book for review. This review is my twenty-first for the British Book Challenge at the Bookette (to be hosted at the Overflowing Library next year).