Humans are still headstrong and reckless in the distant future. A controversial attempt of population control brands children in the flesh with the noh. Ravno learns to switch—to see through other people’s eyes. He experiences grief, fear, sadness, love, and pain as if they are his own naked emotion. Ravno keeps his secret while the surge of horrific punishment crushes the Wawasen archipelago. More
Thousands of years in the future the human species is still headstrong and reckless. A controversial attempt of population control brands even children in the flesh with the noh. Ravno learns to switch—to see through other people’s eyes. He sees the assaults of thieves as if they are his own; he sees pain and naked emotion; he experiences grief and fear and love and sadness. Ravno keeps his strange skill secret while the surge of horrific punishment crushes the Wawasen archipelago.
Excerpt: He raced again for thicket’s edge. But again he slowed then stopped, turning the way he had come. He knew she trailed him directly. He switched to pinpoint her advance. As his eyes slid into place and he watched the branches brush by her face, he realized how automatic switching had become. Deliberate, usually, and still hard to control once there, but such as detecting a flash of firelight or shivering in the cold, the process had matured into an extension of his senses. He smiled. The hinge of his mind on his forehead diminished in the face of saturated concern and stress that dripped from his temples.
Trevor Leyenhorst was born in 1985 in Pitt Meadows. After he fell in love with his wife, Lindsey, he moved to the city and became a Registered Sign Language Interpreter. Trevor and Lindsey live in New Westminster, Canada, with their three children.
on Jan. 4, 2018 :
Switch is well written. I was involved from the opening sentence. There were enough differences from our world to keep my interest and keep me comparing and contrasting and wondering what was coming next. The story was gripping and intense and never totally comfortable. I think it's a great story for a book club for generating questions around population, emotion, secrets and power. I recommend this book as an intriguing and engaging read.