What if you could capture your memories and store them safely, then edit out the bad bits and live forever in the good parts of your past? That is what Arnold Ruben wants to do. He builds the Memory Machine with his daughter’s childhood at its heart, but as with all such great inventions something goes wrong. This novel starts as a wistfully charming exploration of teenage love and rebellion, a coming-of-age romance elegantly told and well perceived. Half way through this changes style completely as a nightmare dreamscape unfolds as seventeen year old Amaryllis is trapped in her father’s machine. Outside time, away from any tangible reality, she waits for … she doesn’t know what. Outside the Second World War has swallowed the golden days of childhood for her lover Ezra, who searches for years in an effort to find her. A strange and enthralling tale expertly told.
Arnold Ruben has created a memory machine, a utopia housed in a picture palace, where the happiest memories replay forever, a haven in which he and his precious daughter can shelter from the war-clouds gathering over 1937 Britain. But on the day of her seventeenth birthday Amaryllis leaves Warlock Hall and the world she has known and wakes to find herself in a desolate and disturbing place. Something has gone terribly wrong with her father's plan. Against the tense backdrop of the second World War Sally Gardner explores families and what binds them, fathers and daughters, past histories, passions and cruelty, love and devastation in a novel rich in character and beautifully crafted.
Publication date: 12/03/2015
Publisher: Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||12th March 2015|
|Publisher:||Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||General fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK.Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West ('The Wire') has bought the film rights to both titles. Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of ...More About Sally Gardner