Author: Leah Thomas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Date of Publication: February 9th 2017
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher
Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters carry on as Ollie embarks on his first road trip away from the woods--no easy feat for a boy allergic to electricity--and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy who prefers to be alone.
Along the way they meet other teens like them, other products of strange science who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible: A boy who jokes about his atypical skeleton; an aspiring actress who hides a strange deformity; a track star whose abnormal heart propels her to victory. Suddenly the future feels wide open for two former hermits. But even as Ollie and Moritz dare to enjoy life, they can't escape their past, which threatens to destroy any progress they've made. Can these boys ever find their place in a world that might never understand them?
Review:In the first book we met Ollie and Moritz. Ollie was trapped in his cabin in the woods due to his allergy to electricity. Moritz was born without eyes, but is far from blind. The two write to each other, comparing notes on their lives and loves and hardships, and a rare and enduring friendship is formed.
This book is a true sequel, picking up after Because You'll Never Meet Me with almost no exposition - it's straight into the story. Like the first book, this is epistolary, told primarily in letters between Ollie and Moritz, but unlike the first book, there is the occasional letter from other characters mixed in.
Ollie has left the only home he has ever known and is travelling with Auburn-Stache to meet others like him. Moritz moves to a new school where he too comes across another of their peers. The boys continue the journeys of self discovery they started in the previous book, but it's Ollie, this time, who must face the darker side of his nature.
It's hard to say too much without spoiling both books, but it was so wonderful to be back in this world with these characters. This book gave me all the feels and many tears were shed. The story is uplifting and heartbreaking and everything in between. It gets quite dark at times. Mistakes are made, lessons are learned, and redemption is a tantalising possibility.
The ending was perfect, but I certainly would not complain if a third book appeared.