Kirsty Applebaum’s books are often touted as being a ‘Black Mirror’ series for children and this is proved again with The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke.
Lonny is a Lifeling, who can save lives with just a touch of his hand. The problem is, it takes his life away by making him older and older each time he does it. His parents knew what a risk this would be to him if his secret was discovered and decided to live away from society in the woods in order to keep him safe. But his Mum isn’t around anymore, leaving Lonny with only memories of her and a wish that he could see her again.
When he hears of a festival in the local town, Lonny wants to know more and be part of something bigger than himself, especially when he finds out the festival is to celebrate Lifelings! But, by meeting new friends and having fun, is he putting himself in danger?
Lonny is an interesting character; he craves friendship and it’s an interesting journey he goes on in order to obtain and understand it. I loved the relationship he has with his little brother and the importance of family that’s woven throughout the book. In particular, I really liked that there was extended family – his Grandad – living with them in the woods. He really added to the dynamic of the Quickes. This strong connection between family members really adds a real emotional element to the story which will bring a tear to your eye.
I love Kirsty’s writing; it’s full of twists and turns and keeps you completely hooked until the final page. Each chapter is full of exciting action which draws the reader in. The moral dilemmas which are presented really promote the reader to think, too, and I can imagine the brilliant discussions that would be prompted by lifelings and the more ethical decisions characters have to make within the story.
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