The boomerang effect of their superpowers on Aylin Manço’s young heroes

The boomerang effect of their superpowers on Aylin Manço’s young heroes

Anne-So “Echoes of words”, blogger, bookstagrameuse etc contribution reader groups 20 minute booksI recommend you Blinded by Aylin Manço, published on October 5, 2022 by Éditions Sarbacane.

His favorite quote:

How to draw a layout? Should we draw a line that connects the viewer with the one being watched? Or should we regard the gaze as a projector, a dot, and draw only as it illuminates whomever it is aimed at? There are three important views in Jamet’s canteen that day. First: Luce talks about her new friends. Two: that Alex on Luce. Three… Three? The third will come later.

Why this book?

  • Because after the mysterious and unforgettable OgressAylin Manco returns with a new gem of literature for young people: Blinded. In this novel, we follow a group of friends who develop in the boarding school of their college-high school Jamet. Already busy discovering themselves, their loves, bodies and relationships, the interns will one by one develop incredible gifts. If they are initially excited by the arrival of these powers, things will gradually degenerate.
  • Because next to these young heroes in the era of time, we follow the story of Gus with a dotted line. With great precision and a very vivid pen, the author gives us what seems to be the touching first emotions of a boy who falls madly in love, in the blink of an eye, with a young girl about whom he knows nothing. Gradually, the thread of his story unfolds and reveals a dark and disturbing truth.
  • Because Blinded highlights and shakes the codes. If the basic plot seems like many teenage books, it’s not. The author surprises again and stands out with her incredibly sharp pen and her sometimes dazzling universe thanks to whole, fiery and full of life adolescent heroes, sometimes deliciously uncanny. She mixes romance and horror, sex and introspection, pain and hope… and fascinates her reader as much as she upsets him.
  • Because Blinded is one of those stomach-wrenching novels and are etched in the reader’s mind forever. The author pulls himself out of the game by offering us a literary UFO with fantastic accents without taboos and without filters, populated by heroes who explore their sexuality, the strength of their friendship and the destructiveness of loneliness. If the writing can seem crude, it above all allows for storytelling that is as sensitive as it is authentic. In short, 381 pages of work crafted by a master hand: bewildering, mesmerizing and simply brilliant.

The most important in 2 minutes

Action. When Luce joins Jamet, she wants to live life to the fullest, lose her virginity, fit in, and get scared by the ghost that haunts the place. When all his friends, one by one, develop powers, it’s euphoria…until fear takes over.

Characters. Here we follow the volcanic Luce surrounded by her new friends, including the empathetic Tim, the intense Alex or even Nour and her desire to find her place. All the characters stand out and really contribute to the story.

Places. The action of the novel takes place in the boarding school of Jamet High School, a former teacher training institute.

Time. The story mostly takes place in the present day with several flashbacks following Gus.

Author. Aylin Manço is an author from Brussels who lives in France. His novel Ogress received the Libbylit 2021 prize awarded by the IBBY in the category of the best Belgian novel.

This book was read with the pleasure of Anne-So Echos de Mots, a blogger specializing in children’s and teenage literature. “For me, reading can be as much a personal pleasure to which one runs to seek refuge as it is an excuse for discussions and meetings with other readers. I am a lover of words always interested in new discoveries. »

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