The Ingenious, and the Colour of Life: The Ingenious Trilogy 1

The Ingenious, and the Colour of Life: The Ingenious Trilogy 1

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From a beguiling new voice in contemporary fantasy/sci-fi comes an astonishing novel about a mysterious group of teenagers: they were genetically engineered prodigies, but then their minds started doing strange things...

Ever since young Milly Bythaway can remember, she's had to hide who she really is - dumbing down an extraordinary genius in order to blend into the background. Tai Jones has been abandoned by his mother and forced to live as a homeless wanderer on the streets of London, but the appearance of a stray cat helps him realise he has a special gift: he can see thoughts and emotions of others in stunningly beautiful colours. A gift that is both wonderful and awful.

When the teenagers are brought together by a mysterious old scientist for their own safety, they are told of a common and forgotten past. One of secret experiments, and a missing family that they yearn to find. But they soon hear of the disappearance of another child, the youngest, and are faced with an impossible dilemma. Saving themselves will require confronting their deepest fears - and risking their own sanity...

But if they can muster the strength to overcome adversity in inventive and ingenious ways, it will bring about the most extraordinary and unexpected change. In the end, the children must work together, unleashing the full force of their intellect and genius, in an epic battle of the world's greatest minds.

The Ingenious and the Colour of Life is J.Y. Sam's beautiful and heart-rending debut - a story that explores the fragility of human nature, with a dash of science, culture, and the natural world, engaging both mind and heart in an eclectic blend of genres.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 410 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 26mm | 494g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1838243607
  • 9781838243609

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"An impressive debut full of a rich tapestry of description and well-rounded, relatable characters. The thematic elements around nature, themes of good and bad and how love prevails make Ingenious stand out from the usual crop and really touch you in a deeper way. After three chapters I was hooked and in tears by the final page. Thank you so much for writing this book, I think everyone should read it. Now I just want to read the next one!!" Romane A, Goodreads Reviewer

 "I love this book. It is beautifully written but with surprising and sometimes shocking twists and turns. JY Sam has described her characters roundly and sensitively, even those not-so-nice ones." Beth M, Goodreads Reviewer

"Never before have I read a debut novel with such poise, elan and finesse! Ms. Sam nails it!! ...the plot line drew me in, and hooked me with its ingenuity (pun intended)." Aniruddha M, Book Blogger aniblogshere

"The author has a unique holistic approach to detail that engages all of your senses. She has also left little, unexpected gifts throughout the book, which takes your sensory experience to a whole new level. If you read this book, you'll know what I mean." Natalie Jones, Author

"I loved how every single character had a very unique and complex story and abilities... This is not only a story about prodigious kids and their love for science and technology, but a story about passion, friendship, finding purpose and identity." Andree Gonzalez, Amazon Reviewer

"This book was amazingly good for a debut novel! The author spun a tale that kept me reading, intrigued, and wanting more. This is not my normal genre, and I was sucked into reading on and on...and to me, that is the main point of any book!" Lauren S, Amazon Reviewer

"The characters are developed beautifully and I found myself really caring about them; I even shed the odd tear or two." Kirsty R, Amazon Reviewer
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