Astrobiologist Theo Byrne has a demanding day job simulating possible life on other planets, but the biggest challenge he faces is raising his young neurodiverse son alone, after his wife dies. Robin, aged nine, is a troubled youngster intensely focused on the state of the environment and is unable to understand why no one is doing anything about it.
From the joy and wonder of the natural world and society's failure to protect it, to the experimental neurological therapy Robin undergoes, this is a wholly original and thought-provoking story distinguished by its beautiful relationship between a father and his son, and the more urgent question of the future of the planet.
A very original story. A good read, we all enjoyed it.
Very unusual book, and the content was quite disturbing.
Enjoyed by most.
Opinions polarised. Some bewilderment re the behavioural therapy. Most didn't like the ending. Glimmers of hope but overall a negative outcome. The focus on the environment is good and interesting. Relevant themes.
We all found it interesting and the subject very timely. Thank you, B.D.S!
Although people found this book hard initially to "get into", everybody, but 1/9 enjoyed reading the book and were glad they persevered. The book stimulated a lot of self-reflection and reflection about different topics during and after reading the book. Some members found the alternating topics of chapters difficult and the descriptions of the planets at times hard to understand and relate to. But all in all a book the group would recommend.
Very mixed response. Most found the book depressing and very difficult to read. Two people did not get past the first few pages. But two of us thought it was absolutely brilliant - a very insightful and beautifully written exploration of the ways in which today's children are having to cope with the social and natural environment.