Thank you to Bee at Kaleidoscopic Tours, Seven Seas Books, Neem Tree Press and Victoria Williamson for a copy of the great War of the Wind!
On a remote Scottish Island, fourteen-year-old Max’s life changes forever when he loses his hearing in a boating accident. Struggling to make sense of his new life and finding it hard to adapt in school, he begins to notice other – even stranger – changes taking place when a new wind farm appears off the island’s coast.
With the help of three school friends with additional support needs, Max discovers that a sinister scientist, Doctor Ashwood, is using wind turbines to experiment on the islanders. They must find a way to shut down the government’s secret test before it spins out of control…
The book starts with Max out on a fishing boat, with his father who is training a new deckhand, when there is a terrible accident that causes Max to lose his hearing. The last sound Max will ever hear is his dad screaming his name… After the accident, Max has to navigate life with no hearing, and struggles to come to terms with it.
When the wind turbines are being erected just off the coast of Scragness Island, even though locals are protesting their arrival, Max begins to notice that something is not right on the island…
I found this book an absolute joy to read! The subjects dealt with within the story were handled with care and sensitivity, but also not being shy in writing the harsh realities that some people with additional needs, especially the younger generation, deal with on a daily basis.
It had such a wide range of characters, and I found Max very easy to warm to, from the very beginning. Such a beautifully written book, with the descriptions of the island and its surroundings taking my mind there as I read!
I really liked the eco side of the story, and it is especially relevant in today’s world. The story was a joy to read, and even though it is meant for the age range of 11+, I would definitely recommend reading this beautiful book, no matter how old you are!
A wonderful story, filled with thrills, environmental issues and dealing with some serious difficulties effecting young and old alike.
It also has a beautiful map of the island and anyone who knows me, knows I can’t resist a fictional map, and the British Sign Language Alphabet.
Buy this book and give it a read, you definitely won’t be disappointed!
Published by Neem Tree Press
Available to purchase now