Thursday, 25 March 2010

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: The Returners - Gemma Malley


What happens when your past catches up with you and you don’t like what you see?
A powerful novel that questions how we take responsibility for our actions
Will Hodges’ life is a mess! His mother is dead, he has no friends and he thinks he is being followed by a strange group of people who tell him they know him. But Will can’t remember them . . . at first. And when he does, he doesn’t like what he can remember.
While Will is struggling with unsettling memories, he learns that his past is a lot deeper than many people’s, and he has to find out if he is strong enough to break links with the powerful hold that history has on him.
This compelling novel, set in an alternate future, challenges readers to consider the role we all have to play in making our society, and asks how much we are prepared to stand up for what’s right.


Do you want a book to make you think? One that plays with the premise of mankind is doomed to repeat its mistakes? Then this is ideal for you as Gemma Malley presents a thought provoking tale to the reader as her protagonist Will Hodges struggles to come to terms with the fact that he’s been here before. The main question that this raises is will the hero learn from his past errors and seek to change the outcome so that its different from his last time round? Its evocative, its wonderfully written and above all it’s a tale with a character you can really sympathise with. A cracking offering.

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