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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Review: Infinite Sky

Author: C J Flood

Release date: UK Paperback 4th July 2013/ Hardback February 2013
Genre: Contemporary / Realism
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780857078032


Infinite Sky is a beautifully written story of first love and loss. It’s a bittersweet read which squeezes the heart and fills you with a longing for something that’s just out of reach.

From the very first page, the most striking thing about this book is the quality of the writing. It has a beautiful simple sound to it. It reads as if the author considered every beat, every single word, every simile. It doesn’t come across as flowery language or particularly poetic. It’s more an earthy, honesty in the words and the main character’s viewpoint that spoke to me.

This is the story of Iris. She’s desperate for school to be finished and the summer to begin. She wants to escape her self-centred, shallow friend Matty. She wants peace and I got the sense that she wanted to let nature wash over and embrace her. Things haven’t been great in their rural home since her mum left. Her older brother Sam’s been acting out of character – getting into trouble at school, avoiding his best mate. And dad is drinking more and more.

As the summer arrives so do a group of Irish travellers who set up home in one of the family’s paddocks. Iris’s dad is furious – he spouts prejudicial comments about them being scroungers, a scourge on society etc and warns Iris to stay away from them. But as Iris watches out the window at the family living a completely different way of life she becomes more and more curious about the boy who disappears off into the wilderness.

Iris and Trick connect because they listen to each other. They ignore the prejudice that their parents would have them believe and instead discover their own truth about friendship, honesty and love. But of course, they’re blossoming relationship cannot stay secret and soon the conflict between their families turns to tragedy. So it’s also a story about forgiveness.

Infinite Sky is a book that you can lose yourself in. It’s poignant, moving and has a life all of its own. Highly recommended.

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