Everyone in Jacob's colony is born blind. It has always been this way. They embrace the philosophy of Truesight: Blindness brings unity, purity, and freedom. It is an exceptional community. Everyone is happy. As Jacob nears his thirteenth birthday, he anxiously anticipates his new role as an adult and all the changes that will bring. But as the day approaches, a far greater change threatens Jacob's future. It all starts with a searing pain in his eyes....
Young Jacob Manford grew up in Harmony, a blind boy raised in a colony of citizens dedicated to blindness as a way of life. Stricken with sight at thirteen, he escapes to the futuristic city of Melville, only to discover he has traded one hostile community for another.Jacob's sight introduces him to a thrilling new world - vast landscapes, glittering skyscrapers, and flying machines - but he is unsure if he has finally found a place to belong. Will Jacob ever find what he is looking for?
Doppelgangers are monsters, hardwired for murder. They are not supposed to have doubts, but this one does. He wishes he could be different. More human, maybe. But even that can't stop him from killing people so he can take their places and live their lives. He has to do it; it's who he is. But when the doppelganger murders a small-town teenager, assumes his shape, and takes over his life, he's shocked by the world he steps into.
Jacob can see - and his vision brings him great power. But he still hasn't found what he's been looking for.... Danger is closing in. The stars are calling. And young Jacob Manford is restless. He's tried settling into life as a Seer, but he hasn't forgotten the ghostly boy who told him about a new colony - a colony for those who were once blind but can now see. A place for people like Jacob. Soon Jacob buys passage on a cargo ship hurtling toward distant planets. But strange events along the way worry him.
High school senior Frenchy has little ambition beyond hanging out at the smoking rock until his best friend, the ever-witty and conniving Stewart, gets him to try out for Man of la Mancha. To everyone's surprise, the guys are a hit. But when Stewart's antics begin to grow more obsessive - he wears his costume 24/7, freaks out about little details, and displays an incessant hatred of the high-tech windmills outside of town - Frenchy worries that there's something deeper going on.
Sixteen-year-old Aidan's grandmother has a secret recipe. She feeds ghosts. Her nightly ritual keeps the local lost souls lingering, caught between life and death. When Aidan stumbles upon this knowledge in the wake of his own father's death, the revelation shakes him to the core. Grief-stricken, he is dangerously drawn into the strange and wondrous world of the dead - and away from the living people who love him. This beautifully crafted tale of love and loss is told in shades of otherworldly mystery. David Stahler, Jr. spins a chilling story that delves into the depths of grief and emerges as a shimmering celebration of life.
"A nice slow pace - great character development"