Reviewed by Christina Mercer
High school is tough enough for most people, but Alex Kosmitoras has the added challenge of blindness. His home life isn’t peachy either, with an irritable out-of-work father and an overprotective mom. But his most difficult challenge arrives in the form of disturbing “visions” of the future.
When new girl, Simmi, moves to the small Midwestern town from India, Alex is captivated by her kindness, as well as her Almond Joy scent. His connection with her deepens when a psychic, Miss Teak, arrives from New Orleans and opens up a business next to his mother’s flower shop. Miss Teak’s daughter, Shapri, and Simmi become friends, and along with Alex, both experience paranormal gifts. Simmi provides reassurance for Alex, as she explains how her Indian culture upholds second sight and encourages him to train alongside her under Miss Teak’s tutelage in developing their gifts.
But Alex continues to struggle with his visions, especially when they reveal that Simmi is in mortal danger. He must get control and better clarity over his second sight if he has any chance of saving her from a murderous psychopath named Dax. The stress from the tortuous visions is compounded when his dad abandons them and his friendships with Simmi and Shapri become strained. An unexpected twist occurs when someone he least expects helps him in his quest.
Farsighted takes the reader on a journey into the life of a blind teenage boy who “sees” the future and struggles to make sense of everyone and everything around him. Alex is an exceptionally unique protagonist and the author does a wonderful job showing the reader his world of touch, smell, and sound. Simmi and Shapri bring intriguing cultural elements to the story, and the friendship/love triangle between the trio adds a juicy element to the plot.
Technically, the writing is polish perfect. Aside from hammering in how poor Alex is and a few places I had to re-read for clarity, the story is fast paced, the mystery surrounding Alex’s father kept me on edge, and the build-up to the climax was well done. My only gripe with the climax itself had to do with the coincidence that occurs. I actually had to reread a few passages to “get” it, and then the characters’ reactions to it didn’t match its importance.
Two other gripes were that Mom’s character came off unrealistic and I didn’t get why Alex chose to keep Simmi in the dark about the danger.
Overall, I would say Farsighted is a unique young adult paranormal with highly memorable characters and a perspective I’ve not read anywhere else in modern teen fiction.