This novel is that rare YA novel, one that’s not afraid to take cues from classic texts. It hints at the eternal dilemma of the Faustian bargain with allusions to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. The behavior of different characters after they spy their future in a set of bizarre binoculars is moving and at the same time makes for rather uneasy questioning. How much does observing the future alter our behavior in regards to it? What steps would we take to ensure or prevent what we see?
All the players on this particular stage are exquisitely crafted, with an unfailing ear towards their individual dialogues. The adults are given their place as well. They have their flaws and strengths, just as the teenagers do; they are not taken for granted nor or they shunted to the side in favor of a plot that favors only the young. As the threads of various characters crisscross, converge and separate, what we’re left with is a taut psychological thriller that delves into the thoughts and actions of people who either come under the fearful influence of a terrible artifact or are subject to the inherent weaknesses of their own natures.
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