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Book Review: The Foreshadowing
We foresee you reading this novel.
By Luna Lark
Everyone grapples with their own coming of age, but wartime further complicates this sensitive life stage. Now add the fact that you're struggling to control your newfound supernatural powers at the same time. Oh, and your father's so strict that he won't let you go through nurse training, even though becoming a nurse is your dream. Plus your brothers are fighting in the aforementioned war. Yup, that's cause enough for mega teen angst.
That's the exact situation that Alexandra, the protagonist in Marcus Sedgwick's 2006 novel, The Foreshadowing, has to face. She's a naive but determined 17-year-old who's had few experiences outside of her well-to-do home in Edwardian England. Suddenly, however, World War I breaks out and Alexandra's ability to see the future has resurfaced after remaining dormant for twelve years. All at once, Alexandra has multiple choices to make. Will she tell her loved ones about her power? Will she nudge her brother Thomas toward the service? Will she pursue nursing? Will she try to change the future she has already seen?
If you're in the mood for some minimalist YA fiction that delves into both fantasy historical fiction—with a strong female lead as a bonus—put The Foreshadowing on your reading list. There's suspense, philosophy, and even a touch of romance. You won't regret going cover to cover with this one.
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