This math nerd girl keeps her hands to herself. Because if she touches a person for a long period of time she can read their thoughts and see colors, patterns, and images about their lives. “When I touch people or their stuff, that’s what my visions are like: patterns that go on forever, engraved, etched, carved so deep they can’t be erased.” The secondary character, Zenn, is a math student who she tutors. Eva is captivated by him instantly: “His voice is like gravy. Like…melted peanut butter.”
Although the story genre is science fiction, it has realistic undertones that make the reader forget the story couldn’t actually happen. The story comes together in a masterful weave of bits that divulge layers of past and present. All of this keeps the reader intrigued and engaged with more than just the woes and heartbreaks of a teenage love.
The inaugural novel Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brandt depicts the complexity of this girl’s ability without confusing the reader. My favorite aspect of the story was the creative news article at the end that served as the epilogue. I truly look forward to more works by this author.
Kids Can Press