The Returners, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Will Hodges' life is a mess! His mother is dead, he has no friends and he thinks he is being followed by a strange group of people who tell him they know him.

But Will can't remember them first. And when he does, he doesn't like what he can remember.

While Will is struggling with unsettling memories, he learns that his past is a lot deeper than many people's, and he has to find out if he is strong enough to break links with the powerful hold that history has on him.

This compelling novel, set in an alternate future, challenges readers to consider the role we all have to play in making our society, and asks how much we are prepared to stand up for what's right.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781408800904

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There seems to be a trend for dystopian young adult fiction at the moment and this also falls into that category. Will's Mum is dead and he lives with his father, yet there are huge chunks of his life that he simply cannot remember. It takes a long time to get to the crux of the matter - that Will is a Returner forever destined to be evil. Following his last incarnation he cannot face the horrors of another life of evil so chooses not to return. When he does eventually find a new life his mind is blank. Will has to choose what his destiny will be.Whilst I enjoyed the book it was slow to start and it didn't fully explore the concept of free will, which would have made for a more interesting book. Definitely worth a read, though as it is thought provoking.