Review: This book is very different from the norm I have been reading lately. Getting inside Alex's head was really interesting. Emilyn did a fantastic job of creating a wonderful character that you could really see through, even though he couldn't physically see. Her descriptions in the book were wonderful and really captured seeing through sound and feeling. Alex ended up being a really interesting character to view the world through and Farsighted ended up being a really enjoyable read for me.
Even on the first page I could tell this story would be vivid with detail. From the description of the sound grass makes, I could tell Emlyn has a gift at creative writing and being able to set the scene so wonderfully. The characters of Alex, Simi, and Shapri were all characterized beautifully. Each had a distinct voice and personality that flowed off of the page. I honestly thought the character of Shapri was the most interesting in my opinion. I felt like she had the most intriguing story after that of Alex's and she definitely balanced out the supreme niceness that is Simi.
The one major point of contention I had in this book is how Simi comes back into the group after Alex and Shapri outcast her for her protection. I would be livid if my friends pulled a stunt like that on me, but Simi turns it into thinking she's done something wrong. This is probably one of the more major reasons that I connected with Shapri more, plus Shapri lives in denial, which coincidently is where I like to reside some days too.
The plot of Farsight was slow to develop, but about a quarter into the book I was hooked. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, and see what new danger Alex would be predicting. It was pretty cool to see the development of Alex alongside of his powers. The development with Dax was mysterious and also kept me turning the pages to see what was going on in this book. The other drama with Alex's dad was somewhat easy to figure out, but how the issue was resolved was really funny to me; only because appearances are really not all that they seem.
Overall Farsighted is definitely a gripping read and a solid introduction to a new series. The end leaves you wanting to find out whether what Alex sees might actually happen, or if he is falling into a state of paranoia. I'm looking forward to reading the next one immensely!
Recommended for: Lovers of clean YA, mysteries, stories dealing with psychic abilities!
Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.
Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger.
With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.