Farsighted by Emlyn Chand
Publisher: Blue Crown Press
Release Date: October 24, 2011
Source: Author/Lightning Book Promotions
Age Level: Young Adult
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This story was fascinating for me because the protagonist, Alex, is blind, and the story is told from his perspective. Also, the concept of a blind man with psychic abilities to “see” the future intrigued me. Alex is 16 years old and attends a regular public high school where he is constantly picked on and bullied, so I was rooting for Alex from the very beginning. How can you not? He’s the underdog, has a disability, and isolated. When a new girl, Simmi, moves to town they quickly become friends and something more.
I really, really wanted to like Alex… but unfortunately, I just couldn’t connect with him. By 2/3 of the way into the story I realized that I didn’t like him at all. He was rude and downright mean at times, and though a reason was explained, I had a hard time buying into the reasons. I really disliked how he treated both Simmi and especially their friend Shapri.
Shapri was a secondary character, and most definitely my favorite. I loved that she stood up for herself and demanded respect. I really wanted to get to know more about her, her family, and her ability. I liked Simmi too, but I felt that for the importance of her role, her character was underdeveloped.
Farsighted is well written with great pacing. I just wish the characters had more depth, though I’m sure they will grow and develop over the series!
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