An insensitive night club logo. A young man battling memory demons. And a young woman who just wants to be his friend. Jez is the ‘Boy on the Rope’, the last person to touch the Spher’rios holiday-sphere before it vanished. The tragic image of Jez scrabbling against the escaping air, and gravity, has become the emblem of the disaster. An image treated with reverence by those who remember, but it’s ten years since the disaster and only those who lost friends and family remember. Now, as if to rub salt into those memories, a nightclub ‘Club 5 Eight Zero 6’ is using a neon outline of the ‘Boy on the Rope’ for its banner.
Lucy wants to mindMerge with Jez, but he’s not interested. He could lock into her thoughts without effort, his telepathy is thousands of times more powerful than hers. This boy, who can weaponise his thoughts, whose fellow cadets know to keep him at arm’s length, isn’t interested in linking with the poster girl of Mech-U, the prettiest girl on campus. He just sits there staring up at the stars. Lucy, though, won’t be beaten, Jez’s sad demeanour has triggered her maternal instincts. A little bit of coaxing, she thinks, is all that’s needed to get that mindLink. Or is Lucy poking a sleeping tiger?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 October 2020
I really did enjoyed this book, hope there’s more.