Synopsis (from Goodreads)
My thanks go to Netgalley and Bloomsbury for providing me with this e-Copy.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Released: 2nd of July 2015
Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.
A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.
What I Have to Say
This is such a great idea! I'm so glad it was pulled off as well as it was. Ollie and Moritz were really great characters, both with distinct personalities and views of the world. I love how much the idea of not being defined by their illnesses came up, because I felt that this is something that anyone who is ill either physically or mentally can relate to.
I loved how they played on the idea of optimism and pessimism, having the boys in opposite moods to each other throughout the book. Both characters were so strong with such interesting backstories both Ollie with Liz and Moritz with his mother as well as the mysterious laboratory. They both had their own personal struggles and barriers to overcome.
And I'm so glad that they discussed the idea of becoming superheros, because that had to be done, especially with the similarities to Daredevil.
This is definitely an author I'm going to watch out for more from.