From the same kick-butt author who brought you The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August comes another amazing work of science fiction to ignite your brain cells and tug at your heart strings.
The premise of Touch is that there are these kind of ghost beings who inhabit peoples bodies for brief periods of time and switches bodies by touching the skin of the next person, leaving the person they inhabited with a short blank space in their memory.
The story starts as the host body of one of these ghosts is shot down at a train station in Turkey. The ghost manages to jump into the body of the man sent to kill her and the adventure begins from there.
The ghost that we follow, named Kepler, is not the only one. but he/she is the one being hunted by another ghost AKA Galileo.
I think what made this such an interesting read, and why some people have mixed feelings about this story, is that the protagonist is so fluid. Kepler is never in the same body for long and has to adapt at every twist and turn. The ghost isn't distinctly any one gender and tries to convince itself that it cares about it's hosts more than other ghosts, probably to compensate for some of the things Kepler is trying to run from. But one thing I think Claire North executed particularly well was humanising the ghost, if you will. By the beautifully concluded end of the book, I felt so many genuine emotions for and because of Kepler, which I think is an extraordinary feat considering the circumstances of the character. This book had everything; action, mystery, travel, art, small insights into strangers lives, perfectly placed backstories and just the right amount of love and feeling to pull it off.
If you liked Harry August, you'll love this.
Quote: “There is no loneliness more lonely than to be alone in a crowd. No awkwardness more unsettling than the inside joke you do not comprehend.”