Tuesday 6 October 2009


It would be much easier to tell this story if it were all about a chaste and perfect love at an Extreme Time in History. But let's face it. . .

Daisy is sent to England from New York to live with her cousins for a perfect summer.
There are four of them: Osbert, Isaac , Edmond and Piper. Three boys and a girl. And two dogs and a goat.

Daisy has never met anyone like them before. Especially Edmond.

This summer will change her life. It will change the world too.

I borrowed this from the library. It's the latest in my long string of futuristic/post-apocalyptic-YA-binge books. And it didn't disappoint. Wow! I have to say that I found this story amazing.

When I started to read HILN, I instantly noticed how different the narrative was from what I'm used to. A technique that should've failed and grated on my nerves, instead became an intoxicating narrative that gripped me from the very start.

This isn't a happy story. Elizabeth - known as Daisy - has been sent off to stay with her aunt and cousins in England because her evil stepmother has decided she doesn't want her around. A stranger in a strange land, she immediately connects to her four cousins - especially the mysterious Edmond. Their connection is so strong that he seems to read her mind. Then again, most of her cousins appear to have some sort of gift.

Anyway, in the grips of love - both physical and emotional - Daisy's life changes when war strikes. Everything changes overnight and horrible things happen around her, and to her. It's a sad time for all of them, but Daisy's strength never lets down. And the end is heart-wrenching.

Seriously, this was one excellent book! :)

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