Book Review: The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles

What happened to me?

Why can’t I remember?

Weeks after blacking out and waking up in hospital, Lux still has no memory of what happened.
She doesn’t know why her days are consumed by pain and her nights by terrifying dreams; why her parents won’t stop shouting and her friends stop talking when she walks into the room.

All she knows is that the Lux she once was is gone – and that if she can’t uncover the truth, everything she loves will be taken away too.

What I Thought:
The Taste of Blue Light is a book I’ve had for a while, but recently picked up when a friend demanded I read it immediately. Not one to ignore such a request, I started it and I was not disappointed.

Our introduction to Lux Langley and her school – a school for children gifted in the arts, with not much of a nod to discipline – seems to deliberately set her up as somewhat unlikeable. I’m not sure whether I felt this more acutely because I am well above the target audience for this book, or whether it was a ploy to just make us think ‘well, if she just drank too much and blacked out it’s her own fault’, but that very thought was articulated by one of her classmates later on in the book so maybe that was the author’s intention all along.

I won’t even begin to imagine what it feels like to have missing hours or days in your life, but Lydia Ruffles does a great job in trying to convey that, the sense of something missing and the pressure to try and remember and she also gives an enlightening look at how the world looks different for someone with synaesthesia, where the stimulation of one of the senses can create a reaction in another – hence the title of the book.

I think what I liked most about this book was that, although the blurb indicated that finding out what happened to Lux was the crux of the book, the reveal (wow, by the way) happened in the middle, leaving a lot of time for Lux and her friends and family deal with the aftermath. This provided a better resolution for me than simply finding out at the end and wondering what went on after I’d closed the book. It was very well done.

After reading The Taste of Blue Light I added Lydia Ruffles’ new book (Colour Me In) to my reading list as, if it’s anything like this, it’s sure to be a cracker!

The Taste of Blue Light is published by Hodder Children’s Books. You can find out more about Lydia Ruffles and connect with her on Twitter.

Please note: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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