My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Glory O’Brien is funny, fierce, flawed, and fragile. I love her. Haunted by her mother’s suicide when she was only four, Glory is fighting to become Glory. To find meaning. To discover her path in life.
When she and her neighbour/friend Ellie decide to drink the powdered remains of a long-dead bat with a beer, Glory discovers two things. Her mother’s journals and photographs in the abandoned darkroom; and the power to see people’s pasts and futures. In fact, everyone’s but her own. As well as mundane details like whose Dad was a butcher in 1953 and who will marry who and how many babies they will have, Glory also sees glimpses of a dark and desolate future following a devastating war. As she tries to deal with these flash-forwards, she is also discovering her mother through the books she left behind. This is her look into her own past. There she finds secrets and lies, some of which will impact life as she knows it now.
No spoilers, but this is a fantastic read. I couldn’t put it down – especially the last 150 pages. The writing is wonderful – particularly the dialogue. Glory’s voice is strong and clear.
Long live Glory.
For ages 13 and up.