Sunday, March 31, 2013
Infinite Sky by C.J. FloodInfinite Sky
Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood
Iris Dancy’s free-spirited mum has left for Tunisia, her dad’s rarely sober and her brother’s determined to fight anyone with a pair of fists.
When a family of travellers move into the overgrown paddock overnight, her dad looks set to finally lose it. Gypsies are parasites he says, but Iris is intrigued. As her dad plans to evict the travelling family, Iris makes friends with their teenage son. Trick Deran is a bare knuckle boxer who says he’s done with fighting, but is he telling the truth?
When tools go missing from the shed, the travellers are the first suspects. Iris’s brother, Sam, warns her to stay away from Trick; he’s dangerous, but Iris can no longer blindly follow her brother’s advice. He’s got secrets of his own, and she’s not sure he can be trusted himself.
Infinite Sky is a family story about betrayal and loyalty, and love.
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I'm still crying. This despite knowing early on that something sad was going to happen (the very first chapter prepares us for it, but not really.. not at all!) Reading this one and feeling all the things that it has me feeling, has me wanting to reevaluate what type of book gets a four or five star rating from me nowadays, because honestly, if it's about the emotion, Infinite Skies deserves all my 4-5 star emotion based ratings ( and then some, because I'm still crying here)
I am certain that anyone who's got awesome siblings will feel lots over this over this... for most of the last chapters, the tears were flowing fast and free (and still are, as I type these words.)
Because the characters in this one! I'm Heartsick over Iris and Sam and then Trick. And yes, their parents as well:
Iris is young and open and sweet. Sam is young and angry, siblings the two of them, lost on why their family is the way it is. And I was angry on their behalf, at both their parents: one who's there (but not really) and another who's taken the more honest way and chucked it. And yet... the honesty with which they're all portrayed, that's what engaged my head at first. How the mother's had her fill and up and gone; how the father's left behind and is clueless about what's to be done; and how brother and sister continue to do what they're doing when the both of them are so obviously lost (gahh... heart sick all over again!)
But then there were moments too that eased things up, of the glimpses of brother and sister, both mindful of what the other (they're both experiencing) and of them both remembering some shared thing in the past. It's those things, that added touch of sweetness.. but it's also those that make the outcome of this all the more emotional for me.
Then there were those other sort of sweet moments, of a girl finding others beyond family; of a boy so different from what's familiar to her. How the two of them manage to build up a friendship that's begun out of curiosity then made into something sweet and.. yeah, sweet... and how this sweet tentative new thing is seen by those that matter to her so that when finally both parts of her story meet, there I was still wanting some other outcome to come out of it.
(Goodness... the last three chapters of a book had me crying nonstop..)
(... and I still haven't stopped! It's like CJ Flood's turned on the tap to my tear ducts..!)
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