“Mondays are red. Sadness has an empty blue smell. And music can taste of anything from banana purée to bat’s pee. That’s what I need to explain, starting with the day it all began, the day I woke up in a hospital bed with a kaleidoscope in my head. I discovered later that I had almost died from meningitis but I remember nothing about that bit. My first memory is the dizzy waking up part and my soggy muddled head. My second memory is how, bit by bit, I began to realise how much my world had changed.”
Luke finds that his world has changed in three ways, as he wakes from a coma after meningitis. First, he has synaesthesia. Second, he has a weakness in his leg, disastrous for someone who was such a brilliant runner. And third, he discovers that synaesthesia gives him endless power. Even the power to fly.
Guiding Luke through his new world is Dreeg, who dwells entirely in Luke’s brain. Dreeg’s appearance changes as Luke’s feelings about him move between fascination and horror. Luke soon discovers that power has devastating costs – will he be tempted to sell his soul to pay for the power to fly, to create anything he wants, to punish his sister for .. but no, you need to read the book to discover the reasons for the problems between Luke and his sister. And who is the mysterious deaf girl, Seraphina, with biscuit skin and hair as long as the sound of honey?
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