Infinite Sky (Infinite Sky #1)
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left Iris's family has been falling apart, her dad has been drinking too much and her brother Sam has become angry and withdrawn.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
From the very first page, the most striking thing about this book is the quality of the writing. It has a beautiful simple sound to it. It reads as if the author considered every beat, every single word, every simile. It doesn’t come across as flowery language or particularly poetic. It’s more an earthy, honesty i...more
The characters are brilliant, but I found main character Iris to be the perfect teenager. I adored her journey through love, loss, discovery and finding herself along the way. Each page pours with a different sort of emotion and I really felt everything.
The storyline is quite a simple one but there in lies the beauty - you...more
I won this book in a 'Goodreads Giveaway'. This book is an 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... (view spoiler)[The kid who dies at the end, that left me heart-broken. I swear it's been...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 was born. This means, I can't relate to the protagonist of this book.
But as I read along, which as I've menti...more
Infinite Sky is the debut novel of author C.J. Flood, and it is very impressive. In fact, I would not have guessed that this was the author's first novel by reading it. The language is precise and con...more
Fitting snugly into the 'whimsical country life turns tragic' genre, this book is a solid debut novel.
At times, I felt as though I was reading something which I had read before. The female central character - Iris - is typical of this type of book: she is strong willed but naive; her family looks good on paper but in reality is as messed up as any inner city kids; she is a t...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
Infinite Sky is an insightful book about a girl named Iris Dancy who lives in the countryside, with a semi-alcoholic father and an older brother who went off the rails after their mother left without a warning or a proper reason. The story is centred around travellers and the idea of being your own person, so when a family of travellers illegally set up ca...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
The story of young teen Iris simultaneously dealing with her mother's essential abandonment and her own curiosity about the gypsy-like boy and his family who have set up camp nearby is unusual and compelling. Characters are explored so beautifully through their actions and dialogue that I often marveled at the author's abil...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
Infinite Sky is the story of an early teen girl named Iris. Iris’ mother has “abandoned” the family to go traveling. This leaves Iris and her older brother in the care of their father. Their family life seems fairly normal at first. But then some gypsies decide to camp out in their backyard. Lines start getting drawn between family members as opinions about the gy...more
In this deep and heartfelt novel, Flood appeals to the readers emotions and sends them on a whirlwind journey of discovery.
When a family of travellers move into the paddock behind Iris Dancy’s farmhouse, she is immediately transfixed. Who are these people, and why does her dad hate them so much?
This book deals with tough subjects such as prejudice and discrimination and I think those subjects were dealt with in a very good manner. The hosti...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