It’s very easy to identify with people living on Earth in the fifth millennium, made so by the clever use of recognisable everyday items upgraded, and how matter-of-fact people were. Rooms could be made smaller or larger depending on whether you needed space to entertain friends or to sleep in the bedroom. “Of course, we have to be careful not to drop things or the mechanism jams.” Also, the geography of what remains of inhabitable Earth is clear, and it is frighteningly believable that man would have polluted most of the planet.
Okay, so there I am “magicked” forward – and I do need a magic carpet; most sci-fi/fantasy leaves me cold. I fascinated by Vrail and his struggle to control his gift to read people’s minds and become a truth finder who can trace criminals, save lives, and stay sane! He’s an ordinary young man, no better or worse than the average youngster, battered by voices in his head, and the thoughts of others he’d rather not know.
That’s a simple introduction to a very detailed story. Many previous reviewers refer to it as YA, and it would certainly appeal to the teenagers I know, but I neglected all sorts of things I should have been doing to read it and it was a sad moment when I realised all I had left to do was write a review.