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I don’t want to write too much about this one – as I don’t want to give too many spoilers away! But this is a very enthralling story.
Four characters living on a remote farm, where they are controlled as the ‘special ones’. They live without the luxuries of modern day life. They are watched 24/7 to make sure that they do not step outside the rules of their world. When they get too big or too old they are ‘renewed’ and a new version takes their place.
Well written and suspenseful, but maybe for a more mature reader.
Rooftoppers is an unusual tale !
“After the sinking of the Victorian liner, Queen Mary, a baby girl with “hair the colour of lightning” is found floating in a cello case in the middle of the Channel. Her rescuer, the eccentric scholar Charles Maxim, names her Sophie, takes her home to London and brings her up – in defiance of the National Childcare Agency – to be as eccentric as he is. She wears homemade, brightly coloured trousers, and lives on chips, fish in tins, cheese and, occasionally, whisky. ” (Guardian)
As the authorities move in to remove her from Charles care , they flee to Paris, where they take to the roof tops – a place where a whole society exists.
Each night, she has to write notes about what had happened that day to build up a portfolio of her life. With the help of her mother and best friend Jamie, London could pass for normal. Apart from the fact that she can see into the future the way we can see into the past.
When she meets gorgeous new boy Luke, he seems to be everything she could want, yet she can’t see him in her future. Everyday, London has to meet Luke for the first time, without remembering who he is. Luke is very much a part of London’s future, and yet she can never see him.
Not long after she meets Luke, London remembers the first thing from her past. A funeral of someone she loved. Who’s it was, she doesn’t know. Unaware that this is memory from her past, and not from her future, London begins to think that maybe Luke will die in the future, and that’s why she doesn’t see him.
It’s an unfortunate condition that London must live with, her life spread out only on paper and in other people’s memories. I really like the way she has to piece her life together like a puzzle, unaware of the past and only of the looming future. The concept of the book is great, and I’ve only seen it done in a couple of other books, such as What Alice Forgot, and Before I Go To Sleep, both of which I enjoyed too.
I really like books like this, where you discover things as the character does. Enjoy