A thrilling new music is bursting on to the grey streets of the post-war city.
A music that electrifies. A music that promises to change everything. But in Cuba, on the other side of the earth, nuclear tensions are at breaking point.
The end of the whole world could be just days away. At the heart of it all is 14-year-old Laura Mann. She's on the run, hunted by strange forces fighting over the future of humanity. And Laura's about to discover that her own life is at stake - in ways she could never have imagined ...'Strong imagination and a capacity for awe abound in the work of Stephen Baxter.' Times Literary Supplement
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 06/09/2007
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780571232796
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Review by wyvernfriend
It's Liverpool in 1962 and Laura Mann is new to the town. Her father works with the RAF and has entrusted her with a key and a code. They have an American Lodger who annoys Laura and she's trying her best to deal with life and school and her world. In Cuba, almost a world away, there's a storm brewing and it could mean the end of the world. There are people coming into Laura's life who know too much about it all and who seem to want a lot from her, including the key and the code.It's an interesting read with time-travel and a lot of twists and turns including some visits by the Beetles!
Review by Fledgist
It's 1962 in Liverpool, and a fourteen-year old girl finds herself confronting not only the normal fears of a teenager, but two frightening futures that could spin out of the Cuban missile crisis. She has to work out on her own how to resolve them and ensure that the worst of them doesn't come to pass. A well-told tale that really evokes the England of the early sixties.