Our Sister, Again
by Sophie Cameron
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Pub Date 12 May 2022 | Archive Date 24 May 2022
Little Tiger Group, Stripes Publishing
Isla has her doubts about Second Chances, but they evaporate the moment the ‘new’ Flora arrives. This girl is not some uncanny close likeness; she is Flora – a perfect replica. But not everyone on their island feels the same. And as the threats to Flora mount, she grows distant and more secretive. Will Isla be able to protect the new Flora and bring the community back together?
An intriguing, thoughtful and poignant exploration of what makes us ‘us’, for fans of SHOW US WHO YOU ARE, A POCKETFUL OF STARS and TROOFRIEND.
“A beautiful exploration of grief, hope, and what it means to be human … This is an outstanding middle-grade debut from one of my favourite authors.” - Simon James Green, author of LIFE OF RILEY
“A powerful exploration of grief, technology and what makes us human, Our Sister, Again skilfully combines warm-hearted contemporary with a scifi twist to create a thought-provoking, thrilling read” - Lucy Powrie, author of THE PAPER & HEARTS SOCIETY series.
“Our Sister, Again expertly weaves family drama with high concept sci fi. It’s a captivating tale about AI written with real, human heart.” - Annabelle Sami, author of LLAMA OUT LOUD
“I loved this book, it was perfect soft sci-fi with very real themes of love and loss. Sophie Cameron has written a wonderful exploration of what it means to be human.” - L. D. Lapinski, author of THE STRANGEWORLDS TRAVEL AGENCY
“This book is an absolute triumph. Layers and layers of beautifully crafted intrigue. A book about family, friendship, and what it means to be you. One of those books you read in one day and think about forever.” - Wibke Brueggemann, author of LOVE IS FOR LOSERS
“A heart-warming and bittersweet examination of personhood, familial bonds and healing from loss” - Lauren James, author of THE QUIET AT THE END OF THE WORLD
“Our Sister Again is a rich, heartfelt story about family, grief, and what it means to be human told with immense gentleness and skill” - Ciara Smyth, author of THE FALLING IN LOVE MONTAGE
“An intriguing and tender portrayal of a life changing 'what if' – Sophie Cameron is a fabulous storyteller” Polly Ho-Yen, author of BOY IN THE TOWER
“Utterly adored it! Heart-breakingly, life-affirmingly beautiful … An astonishing story about love, loss & life.” - Nicola Penfold, author of WHERE THE WORLD TURNS WILD
“This book is brilliant. It's poignant – sometimes sad – but at the same time it's a cracking, page-turning sci-fi mystery. And it has the perfect hopeful ending. I loved it.” - Perdita Cargill, author of WAITING FOR CALLBACK
“Beautifully written, incredibly well-imagined, and a complex, compelling plot mean this is a definite ***** read” - Sinéad O’Hart, author of THE EYE OF THE NORTH
"A truly remarkable story. Sad and life-affirming all at the same time. Asks a lot of big questions. These characters are going to stay with me for a long time." - Lee Newbery, author of THE LAST FIREFOX
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This was such a good read and such an important book with an important message for children. It was well written with a compelling sotryline and well developed characters that would be relatable for children and that I fell in love with.
It explores the issues within the book masterfully with family drama, sci fi and loss all wrapped up in a beautiful bow. This book is a triumph. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.
On a small island off the Scottish coast, Isla and her family are grieving the loss of her older sister Flora, who died three years ago. Then they’re offered the chance to be part of a top-secret trial, which revives loved ones as fully lifelike AI robots using their digital footprint.
Beautifully written and I got really invested in the story. I would highly recommend reading this one. A clever, engrossing story with fabulous characters and an unexpected ending.
Thank you so much to Little Tiger Group /Stripes Publishing and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.
Wow this book hits you with so many emotions throughout the whole thing. I didn’t expect this story would be so deep and so hard hitting, but I suppose I should have figured that it would be.
When Isla’s sister Flora died her family did too, but then an opportunity no one has ever had before occurs in the form of a high tech AI robot replica. Flora is Flora again only she’s a robot and not everyone on their small island likes having her there.
This bring so many thoughts to mind and makes you seriously consider everything, from the whole AI robot being so lifelike, so real, to grief and how others deal with everything so different to even adjusting to having someone back from the dead again. It’s such an odd thought, what is humanity and can a robot actually understand it? Do they feel emotions if they are a robot? It’s such a deep intense story. I loved that the book answers some if these questions, that we see what it’s like for the returned robots.
I have loved reading this the characters are all amazing I love the connections they all have and I love that they were written so realistically, so naturally. I love that Isla is the one trying to figure everything out, the one that’s really questioning everything. It’s sweet that Úna is so close with Flora again so quickly and doesn’t view her any different. I also found having her dad be so against it made it work more as you saw her in a different view and perspective through his eyes.
I adore the relationship we got with Holly and Isla it was adorable reading her first crush through this strange and unusual time in her life. It was adorable and so cute, a perfect additional situation within the story.
Wow the whole story is so incredible and I just honestly have no idea how the author came up with this beautiful story, or how she captured it so perfectly in writing it up. It really is so hard hitting and deep, your emotions run constantly and you heart tugs. You have so much to solve and to understand all with the characters doing the same. It had twists in the storyline that capture you and shock you and you really are absorbed into it all.
I loved this book and I connected to the family so deeply to their strong grief, to this life like robot that you are made to feel is so real, though was still a robot at heart.
I couldn’t fault this book, it was all so cleverly created and it’s stunning a total must read for everyone. I’m not usually a robot person literally at all I’m terrified of them but this book drew me in and showed me such a beauty, a different side to it and it’s mesmerising and wow.
I honestly think this book will stay with me for a long while it was so beautiful, so unique to anything I’d ever read before and it offered so many different elements, so many different characters and so many different perspectives of everything that was going on. It was truly a sensational book.
Our Sister Again by Sophie Cameron
Sad, evocative, and disturbingly believable, Our Sister Again took me by surprise from the first chapter. Cameron’s approach lends an unexpected present-day feel to the story, as did the interactions between the characters, particularly Isla and Una.
There is a near-almost-now future feeling here and at the same time Cameron masters something I associate with Bradbury or Ishiguro, the ability to take something not quite yet possible and make it absolutely credible. I won’t spoil the way this book plays out, but it’s magnificent.
At its heart, there is loss – the loss of a sister that starts the story, but also the range of smaller losses we all encounter. I loved the way Cameron took Isla and made the story hers, seeing Flora – before and after – and Una, her parents, her home, all with layers peeling back as the story unrolls itself.
I loved everything about this book, and was mesmerized, reading it in one sitting with no clue that I was going to do so. When it ended there was a startling feeling like waking up in the backseat of your parents’ car at the end of a long drive and climbing out all pins and needles into a dark familiar driveway that suddenly looks strange, that feels unreal. I value a book that gives me such a jolt.
This book is worth every minute of your time: there’s mystery, there’s love and warmth, there’s heart and barbed wire and cold winter sun, it’s breathtaking and sad and I will be forcing it into the hands of friends as soon as I can buy a copy.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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