When a family of travellers move into the overgrown paddock overnight, her dad looks set to finally lose it. Gypsies are parasites he says, but Iris is intrigued. As her dad plans to evict the travelling family, Iris makes friends w...more
C.J. Flood’s debut, Infinite Sky, is a novel that is at once both understated and emotionally devastating; a story that unfolds gradually with a quietness that belies the impending tragedy.
The prologue hangs like a shadow over the following pages of the novel. It is made clear from the start that this is a story marked by death, b...more
I'm still crying. This despite knowing early on that something sad was going to happen (the very first chapter prepares us for it, but not really.. not at all!) Reading this one and feeling all the things that it has me feeling, has me wanting to reevaluate what type of book gets a four or five star rating from me nowadays, because honestly, if it's about the emotion, Infinite Skies deserves all my 4-5 star emotion based ratings ( and then some, because I'm still crying here)
I am certain that an...more
Ever since her mum left Iris's family has been falling apart, her dad has been drinking too much and her brother Sam has become angry and withdrawn. Iris is only 13 years old but she is the one who is trying to hold them together, she does her best to take care of the house and cook for them all but it isn't easy and she's left feeling sad and alone. The day a family of travellers move onto their land changes everything, her father and Sam are both angry and want the travellers gone but...more
There’s Iris, a thirteen-year-old girl weathering a difficult teenage phase followin...more
They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but this was exactly what drew me to reach for C J Flood’s debut novel Infinite Sky from the Waterstones’ YA bookshelf last week! So before I jump directly into the review, there really needs to be a few lines of appreciation for this beautiful book: the pale blue hardback is adorned with a whimsical design of a cornfield (as you can see in the image!), evoking (for me) that feverish, summer-nights feeling...more
I won this book in a 'Goodreads Giveaway'. This book is and ARC. I'm so excited to get it. And I'm so sorry for writing a late review.
This book was unlike the books I tend towards. It had a different taste. I guess that's why I didn't find it intriguing at the start. But as I went through with it, the story started to take a hold on me and captured my interest. Especially with gypsies involved.
Now SPOILER... The kid who dies at the end, that left me heart-broken. I swear it's been a while since...more
For me this book was really about the relationships you form with people and the challenges those relationships can face. The story follows Iris a teenage girl who makes friends with the gypsy boy who are camped up on her father's land. Her father is very prejudice against the gypsy family from th...more
I can't even begin to describe how much this book touched me. I was originally going to give it 4 stars but I am giving it 5 for being the first ever book to make me properly cry. I couldn't even control it, tears just blinked out from my eyes while reading the last 10/20% of this. It might be due to the fact that I have an older brother myself but whatever it was, this book just killed me.
(view spoiler)[I know the beginning...more
When I first heard of Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood, I knew it was a book that I was going to have to read as soon as possible. Firstly, because I have a thing for Irish travellers. I find them fascinating. Secondly, it sounded like a really good read. I must say that I fell in love with this story.
Infinite Sky is a coming of age story told by thirteen year old Iris. Iris' mother has left her, her br...more
Intrigue is set from the first page. The story begins with the funeral of a teenage boy. Is it Iris' wayward broth...more
When a family of Irish travellers move into their empty paddock, a new sense of purpose is brought to the family. Contrary to her fathers single-minded determination to evict the settlers and to her brother and his gang's attempts to goad the travellers into violence, Iris befriends Trick, a traveller boy.
- Infinite Sky is a unique read which tackles difficult 'subjects'.
- I loved both the main characters and felt they were developed well.
- I like how C.J. let the reader make their mind up about Trick and his character.
- The storyline kept my attention throughout the book.
I haven’t ever read a story like Infinite Sky before and I was excited to start reading it. I was intrigued by the storyline and wanted to get to know Trick’s character and see how C.J. had...more
I'm not familiar with the premise of the book. I haven't met any gypsy or maybe I did but we don't call them by that name in our place. I have a mother, a father and a sister, my brother died long before I born. This means, I can't relate to the protagonist of this book.
But as I read along, which as I've mentioned I'm happy about, I l...more
Infinite Sky was so emotional, I actually teared up towards the end.
Some reviewers have pointed out that it can be a little vague in places, but I think that’s how it’s meant to come across.
There was an innocence to Iris that was refreshing after reading YA novels that are about older teens.
In some ways it reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Not just because it contains death, but there was a spark in this novel similar to TFiOS.
Left by their mum, Iris and Sam face summer with their dad, who's busy drowning his sorrows. Sam, par...more
You can't tell that the coffin holds the body of a boy.
He wasn't even sixteen but his coffin's the same size as a man's would be.
It's not just that he was young, but because it was so sudden. No one should die the way he did; that's what the faces here say.
I think ab...more
Obrovské sklamanie. Strašne som dúfala, že to bude niečo podobné, ako See You at Harry's - mladá citlivá a vnímavá hrdinka, rodinné problémy... a v istom zmysle aj bolo. Spoiler pre obe knihy: (view spoiler)[Trick v 3/4 v bitke ovalí Irisinho brata a brat zomrie, s čím sa musí rodina vyrovnať. (hide spoiler)] Iba...more
CJ Flood’s debut novel follows a relationship as ill-fated Romeo and Juliet. Infinite Sky is driven by the inevitability of conflict in the aftermath of a blossoming friendship between Trick, an Irish Traveller and thirteen-year-old Iris, upon whose land he is illegally staying. Much like Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, Iris is forbidden from meeting Trick by her father, whose prejudice against travelers and barely supressed rage brings him to h...more
The book was told from POV of Iris, narrating in a voice which was pretty unusual yet believing. It felt like I saw her world through her eyes.
Living in a broken family and dealing with her own teenage problems was pretty hard for Iris, until a new gypsy family moved to her father's land and she quickly developed a friendship with their boy Trick Deran. Her father tol...more
Infinite Sky was a little different from what I expected. Mainly because the main characters were so young – thirteen, to be exact. But despite that, their wisdom is incredible. I loved the genuine feel of this book. It’s the kind of book that really speaks to you – something you can easily believe and maybe even relate to in some ways. There’s a sort of innocence to this book, while at the same time you can see the unde...more
Sometimes a book comes along and fills a hole in your heart that you never knew existed. For me most recently, that book was Infinite Sky by CJ Flood, which I was lucky enough to read well in advance of its publication date. I was really attracted to the cover of the book and was expecting to read a cute story of a girl finding love over the course of a summer.
But, happily, when I started reading Infinite Sky, it turned out to be so...more
There's a different feel when you read a book set in the UK by a British author. Now days I find myself reading young adult and middle grade by American authors, and so when it comes to reading a book set elsewhere, the feel while reading it is pretty foreign... which is strange, as I've never lived in the US, and have always lived around Asia and been influenced by many cultures. Yet once again, as it does with the case of Jacqueline...more
Sometimes a book touches your soul enough to leave a wound. This is one of those books. A poignant, heart breaking tale that jolts one carefree child instantly in the world of adulthood, leaving her childhood in tatters, engulfing her in pain, like she has never experienced before. The main character Iris is young for her age, but by the time the book reaches the end she has grown emotionally beyond her years.
This book should come with...more
CJ Flood’s debut is beautifully written just as I was promised: soft, poetic and thoughtful.
The entire novel oozes with a warm and dreamlike atmosphere of a beautiful English summer. The Derby farm that Iris and her family live on makes everything seem magical and hazy and Iris’s love and knowledge of nature only made the setting come even more alive. The arrival of Trick and his family of travellers in Iris’ paddock was almost romantic and gave the novel an overhanging sense of threa...more
The novel is about 13-year-old Iris, who befriends a mysterious gypsy boy, whose family has taken up residence near her home. Gypsy travellers are seen in a very negative manner in the story, Iris' father even forbidding her to talk to any of them. But her eyes are not prejudiced, and so begins a heart-warming relationship with the boy, Trick.
I really liked Iris' char...more
We find out on the first page there has been a death but only find out who at the end. The journey of Iris over one summer, as her family struggle to cope with the absence of their (travelling, free-spirited) mother and the arrival of a family of travellers on their land.
I enjoyed the exploration of Iris and her brother as they miss their mother, but didn't find her budding relationship with t...more