‘The Boy Who Drew the Future’ by Rhian Ivory

254p

2015

Firefly Press

Library

51qbfpxhq2bl-_sx352_bo1204203200_Ever since he was little, Noah has had the impulse to draw. He draws the future. His parents want to keep his unusual ‘talent’ a secret, and all Noah wants is to be normal.

When Noah and his parents move yet again, this time to the small town of Sible Hedingham, Noah hopes that this move might be different from all the others. He just wants to focus on his blossoming relationship with Beth, and fitting in at his new school. But despite his trying to resist the urge, Noah unhappily finds himself drawing even more.

Blaze is an ex-workhouse orphan in the 1860’s, who is secretly living in a garden shed, with only his pet, Dog, for company. Drawing the future of anyone who pays him, the people that are meant to be helping Blaze are the very ones that are threatening to alert the authorities to his presence.

Both of these teenagers in different centuries, with the same unique gift. Can they change the futures that they draw?

I thought The Boy Who Drew the Future was such a great book. Narrated by Noah and Blaze in alternating chapters, the plot moved along swiftly and I couldn’t put the book down. I loved the whole concept of the story; the idea of these two boys in different centuries both able to draw the future. I thought it was very well written and I enjoyed the details included in the story about life in a small village in the 1800’s.

I have to say that Beth was definitely my favourite character, and I thought the romance between her and Noah was so sweet. The way it was written wasn’t over the top, giving consideration to the age group, but it was enough to make you notice it and smile inside.

The relationship between Noah and his parents was also wonderfully portrayed. His parents don’t understand Noah’s ability to draw the future, and just keep hoping he’ll ‘grow out of it’ and Noah struggles with that fact. Although he doesn’t want to draw, he does it subconsciously, and when he draws things, he doesn’t always immediately grasp what the drawing means until it’s too late, which is something he feels guilty about.

The Boy Who Drew the Future is a fabulous book, and I enjoyed reading it very much. I will definitely look out for more of Rhian Ivory’s books!

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