A book that will appeal to adults and teenagers which will be remembered long after the reader turns the last page.
Exciting, intriguing and gripping, this beautifully written book captures the reader and their imagination from the outset. The descriptions of characters, events and settings enables you to fully visualise and identify with them. Many complex issues are referenced - adoption, fostering, broken families, death, birth, homelessness, drugs, DNA experiments, genetics, technology - together with warnings of potential outcomes. A worrying glimpse into the future or a frightening observation of today? A book that will appeal to adults and teenagers which will be remembered long after the reader turns the last page.
Jill Barton, A LoveReading Ambassador
Ever since young Milly Bythaway can remember, she’s had to hide who she really is – dumbing down an extraordinary genius in order to blend into the background. Tai Jones has been abandoned by his mother and forced to live as a homeless wanderer on the streets of London, but the appearance of a stray cat helps him realise he has a special gift: he can see thoughts and emotions of others in stunningly beautiful colours. A gift that is both wonderful and awful.
When the teenagers are brought together by a mysterious old scientist for their own safety, they are told of a common and forgotten past. One of secret experiments, and a missing family that they yearn to find. But they soon hear of the disappearance of another child, and are faced with an impossible dilemma. Saving themselves will require confronting their deepest fears – and risking their very sanity...
But if they can muster the strength to overcome adversity in inventive and ingenious ways, it will bring about the most extraordinary and unexpected change. In the end, the children must work together, unleashing the full force of their intellect and genius, in an epic battle of the world's greatest minds.
|Publication date:||1st December 2020|
|Primary Genre||Literary Fiction|
Closing date: 30/05/2022
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
A twisting and ever evolving sci-fi fantasy story focusing on a collection of unique teenagers.
‘The Ingenious and the Colour of Life’ by J.Y. Sam is a twisting and ever evolving sci-fi fantasy story focusing on a collection of unique teenagers. I was immediately intrigued by the prologue. I love openings that leave me with lots of questions as I dive into the opening chapter to discover the answers.
The plotline is multi-faceted, detailed and gripping. An old government project to create a generation of genetically modified genius humans is sabotaged, with its professors and participants escaping into hiding. But now the youngest child created by ‘Project Ingenious’ has gone missing, as has another young man, Jake, who had been hacking into the servers looking for more information about the project’s participants.
Each of the characters have their own unique voice, we follow the story mainly from the perspective of project’s children Melody and Tai as well as Jake’s girlfriend Calista, who is caught up in events while looking for her boyfriend. A lot of time is spent developing each character's voice, showing each of the characters before they are brought together. . I grew to know and understand each of their personalities as well as each of their unique abilities, which I’m sure will set the reader up in good stead for future books in the trilogy.
‘The Ingenious and the Colour of Life’ is a detailed and entertaining story that manages to flow even as it jumps from perspective to perspective. A brilliant YA sci-fi and Fantasy full of twists and a concept that offers an ethical dilemma to ponder as you immerse yourself in this gripping story. The Epilogue has me eager to find out what happens in the next book in the series.