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Publisher's Summary

"This is a story about love.

"It's also a story about hate, which is why I left New York in the first place. You don't fly halfway across the world to live with a bunch of people you never met, just for a laugh.

"I guess if I'd known where it was all going to lead, I might have thought twice about stepping onto that plane. I might have worried a little more about Edmond being my cousin.

"And me being 15.

"But I didn't. And in the end, those things didn't matter as much as you think they would.

"In the end, the world had bigger things to worry about than us."

©2005 Meg Rosoff; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"This riveting first novel paints a frighteningly realistic picture of a world war breaking out in the 21st century....Like the heroine, readers will emerge from the rubble much shaken, a little wiser and with perhaps a greater sense of humanity." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Keith
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 08-15-05

Well done

Very convincing characters. I felt like I was right there with them through all the adventures. An interesting take on how war brings out character and hope in people.

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Are you kidding me!?!

Sooooo we're just not going to know how the kids have "abilities" ?
this book seems like it's the outline of what could be a good book but there is no meat? I don't care about any of the characters because you never get more than the tiniest bit of insight into them ....THERE ARE NO DETAILS IN THIS BOOK ABOUT ANYTHING