Be­cause You’ll Never Meet Me

Lives Less Or­di­nary

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Books -

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341 pages | Pa­per­back/ ebook Au­thor: Leah Thomas Pub­lisher: Bloomsbury

A blind pro­tag­o­nist

who “sees” the world around him via echolo­ca­tion? Nope, not Dare­devil – though at least the char­ac­ters in this YA de­but ac­knowl­edge the par­al­lel early on.

Ol­lie and Moritz are des­tined never to meet. Ol­lie’s epilepsy is trig­gered by elec­tric­ity; Moritz has a pace­maker he would die with­out – and he was also born with­out eyes, in­stead re­ly­ing on sound to “see”.

The mys­tery lies in Ol­lie’s hunt for the story be­hind his con­di­tion and his dead fa­ther, but the heart of the tale is the boys’ de­vel­op­ing friend­ship. Both blam­ing them­selves for things that weren’t their fault, both re­al­is­ing for the first time that they weren’t as alone as they’d be­lieved, it’s a touch­ing story of ado­les­cence and self- dis­cov­ery. Rhian Drinkwa­ter

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