The future seen through the eyes of a young man with epilepsy makes for a very interesting, constantly changing and quite different young adult novel. When I first held Epiworld in my hands, I will admit that I did not know what to do with it. This book was so far from the genres that I usually read that I was a bit intimidated, and I feared that it would be so far out of my comfort zone that I would not appreciate the story at all.
Nevertheless, after a bit of a rocky start trying to become familiar with Tracey Morait’s writing style geared towards a young adult audience and coming to terms with the futuristic aspects of Epiworld, I actually became comfortable with the story.
Epiworld by Tracey Morait is the story of Travis, a young British man (teenager perhaps) suffering from epilepsy, who is living as an outcast in 2099, and because of his epilepsy he is eventually caught and transferred to an Institution for those with incurable diseases and psychiatric problems. In an age where genetic cleansing has been effective there is no room for those, who are deemed “unclean”.
Through his epileptic seizures Travis is able to travel through time, and he does so in order to escape surgery and even worse faith in 2099 because of his epilepsy. His time travels help him unravel mysteries about the world and about his own heritage, which he did not even know existed.
Morait has managed to put together a time travel novel that keeps the reader wondering and wanting to know more. The intricate way that she has braided epilepsy and some of the issues that epileptics face everyday into the storyline make Epiworld a very unique and memorable story.
To my own surprise Epiworld got the best of my curiosity, and my hesitance was put aside somewhere in the middle of the story With her clever plot and constant surprises Morait managed to keep me reading from beginning to end, and the surprise ending made Epiworld come to a full circle.
Author: Tracey Morait
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: K & T Mitchell (June 24, 2010)
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Sivu’s Six Wishes by Jude Daly for the purpose of writing a book review. Versions of this children’s book review may have been posted on other websites or in printed publications.