“I slow the vision down. I can see his watch, but not the full face. I stop the vision, my chest heaving, pain searing through my brain, and turn the vision like a photo, until I can read the watch face. Two-forty-five pm Tues. I did it! But oh my god – that’s today!”
Kate has the gift of seeing the future and past. There’s one catch – they only occur while she’s having an asthma attack. When she has visions about life-threatening dangers involving her older sister and a classmate, she induces more visions; thereby risking her life in order to save theirs.
Parallel Visions exposes the scary truth of abuse, the misplaced shame the victims feel telling someone about it, the guilt when false blame is delivered, and how charismatic and convincing an abuser can be.
The novel is fast-paced, the intensity rising with the end of every chapter. Parallel Visions is a very entertaining story encompassing serious themes, such as: domestic abuse, homophobia, suicide, and asthma.
I really like the idea of asthma being the cause of her visions. It is the part of Kate that drags her to her weakest physical, and sometimes mental, state, that makes her so powerful, and even heroic. The notion that we can take something that makes us so weak and turn it into our most beneficial asset is such a powerful message that it should be broadcasted to teens everywhere.
I definitely recommend Parallel Visions.
Publisher: Rain and Sun Press