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From a beguiling new voice in YA literary sci-fi/contemporary fantasy comes an astonishing novel about a group of mysterious teenagers with the power to change lives…
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. Teenage 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 – to save themselves, they must risk their very sanity.
In the end, the children must work together, unleashing the full force of their mind abilities in an epic battle of the world’s greatest minds.
The Ingenious and the Colour of Life is J.Y. Sam’s beautiful and heart-rending debut – a story that explores the fragility of human nature, with a dash of science, culture, and the animal/natural world.
Listed in 40 book lists in Goodreads (including Best YA Sci-Fi for Both Genders, and YA Book Club)
A CAPTIVATING AND INSPIRATIONAL BOOK FOR TEENS, YOUNG ADULTS, AND ADULTS
“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. A book that will appeal to adults and teenagers which will be remembered long after the reader turns the last page.” LoveReading.co.uk
“What an absolutely beautiful story and all-around amazing read! This is definitely going to be one of my Top 15 2021 favorites. Yes, it’s THAT good. I loved everything about this book! Sci-Fi Fantasy mix with writing so good you are LIVING the words. I love how the author incorporates nature throughout this story.” Amazon.com Reviewer
“I REALLY liked this book! I LOVED the writing and the backstory of each character, as well as the way the author built the world. (It sort of gave me “Mysterious Benedict Society” vibes, but for an older audience.) I loved the use of different languages and cultures, and the way every animal in this book was a well-written supporting character.” Goodreads.com
“I love the way the author developed the characters, telling us each of their stories and what they went through. They are really likable and dynamic, and I loved Calista, who was one of the female characters in this book. I loved that no matter what people said to her, she was proud of who she was and always fought for what she wanted.” OnlineBookClub.org