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The Foreshadowing

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,875 ratings  ·  235 reviews
It is 1915 and the First World War has only just begun.

17-year-old Sasha is a well-to-do, sheltered English girl. Just as her brother Thomas longs to be a doctor, she wants to nurse, yet girls of her class don't do that kind of work. But as the war begins and the hospitals fill with young soldiers, she gets a chance to help. But working in the hospital confirms what Sasha
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published 2005)
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Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
Reallllllyyyy reallllllly liked this one
The Book Queen
3.5 stars

The Good
~ The heroine wasn't one of those pathetic heroines you see a lot of in YA. She didn't lose all common sense at the sight of a love interest and she actually used her brain. (There wasn't a love interest, but I thought at the end that she would fall in love with Jack.) Yes, she made some stupid decisions, but you couldn't blame her for them and you would probably have done the same thing in her shoes.
~ The premonitions were very cleverly done, and weren't treated as some sort of
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Really - a glimpse of World War I life through the eyes of an upper class girl who can see the future (deaths, that is) and runs away to France in hope of finding her brother and saving him from his death. There's nothing in here that we haven't seen, be it trenches or shell-shocked soldiers. The characters are definitely not deep; in fact, there are hardly any interesting, difficult, twisted characters to meet and be entertained by. The protagonist herself speaks with in a monotone, a constant ...more
Fleur (FranklyBooks)
Is there a good way to say I read this in under an hour at 2am without sounding a bit obsessive? I literally couldn't put it down.

I love all of Marcus Sedgwick's books so maybe I'm a bit bias on that count, although they are really really good. I think his target audience is for people slightly younger than me (maybe?) which could explain the easy going pace, which makes the book all the more readable for me. Yet despite the super short chapters and the pacing, it isn't simplified down to a clic
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not a bad book but narrated too matter-of-factly so that it was impossible for me to empathise much with Sasha, the main character. I also think that the premonitions could have been explained more.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
First of all thanks so much to my best friend for actually buying me this book to read.
All I can say about this book is, WHOA. I read this book in literally 24 hours.
Well this definitely has to be one of the best books I have EVER read. This book is so cleverly written and amazing I can't even begin to explain it. The story of Sasha (Alexandra) and her preconceptions of being able to see the future really plays with your mind. I am not going to spoil anything major in this book but I loved how t
Charlotte Jones
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no secret that I have loved all of Marcus Sedgwick’s books so far and The Foreshadowing makes no exception.

The lyrical yet simple writing style paired with a story of heroism, war and sacrifice, with just a splash of magical realism, makes for a fast-paced and tense read. The chapters’ countdown builds the suspense in such a way that you can’t help but keep reading ‘one more chapter’ and the way the story is formed is one of the most realistic sounding portrayals of war that I have read
Saturday's Child
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novels about war (even ones for younger readers) are not my usual choice as more often than not they leave me feeling really sad. This one I found sad but because of Sasha's terrible and tragic power I also found it to be captivating.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I knew Sedgwick would get me out of my 'everything is just ok' book funk!
Denisa C
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Interesting spin on Cassandra's story. Interesting plot twist.
This book actually kicked my reading for historical fiction this month, okay end of the month.
I really like short chapters, especially in books that need to keep you engaged in the story. And this does it not only with the intriguing premise, but also with the short chapters.
I am becoming more interested in the greek myths and I did not know this was a sort of Cassandra of Troy retelling in World War One.
This is a not really focusi
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: required-reading
A required read for my Children's Literature class. I did not expect to like this book, but it surprised me. My interest was peaked after Sasha's premonitions. It made me curious about her "ability", and so I kept reading. However, I was a bit unsatisfied that I didn't find rational or logical explenation for her "ability" or why she had it. The plot twist at the end was a big surprise. The writing style was simple, but it made me hard to empathize with Sasha.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars ****

This was my first Marcus Sedgwick novel and now it most certainly won't be the last. I really enjoyed this. It wasn't my favorite per se but I could not put it down. It was such a unique idea and I was intrigued from the beginning to the end.
Yvonne Lucas
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I read the book “The Foreshadowing”, by Marcus Sedgwick because when I was looking for a good book it stood out to me. What interested me the most when I was first deciding on getting this book was the fact that the summary involved a lot of intense events. These types of book are my favorite because they keep me from getting bored. This book is about a 17 year old girl, named Sasha, who has the ability to see the future. This ability is both a blessing and a curse for her. It is a blessing beca ...more
3.5 stars. I was completely captivated with The Foreshadowing!

There are several unique quirks to this book; my favorite is the fact all of the chapters in the book are tiny – usually only a page or two long, each – and they all counted down in number, beginning with ‘100’ and ending with ‘1’. It was terrifying. The numbers gave an eerie and “doomed” feel to the novel, as if you were running out of time. The tiny chapters which are quick to read through gave the feeling that what limited t
M. Sedgwick's setting is war and he was able to steep enough "shadow" into this book that I actually felt a little scared to turn the page. It was a dark book, not in the traditional "evil" since, but in the foreboding that filled every chapter. I did not know that Sasha was going to do what she did - it actually really suprised me - but throughout the entire book I had a dark feeling of hanging on edge, and dread - wongness. It was as if I knew, just as Sasha knew, that something bad was going ...more
Lareina G
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
The book The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick was a very interesting book. I personally like the book very much it was kind of boring somewhat in the beginning but as I got towards the middle of the book it got very interesting and I would definitely recommend this book to others if you like a little bit of mystery. The main setting was in I think it was in Germany around the 1800's but I cannot fully remember. A girl named Alexandra sometimes nicknamed Sasha, was a normally 17 year old girl but ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
You know that very first impression you make about a book? Specially bad impressions? Yeah well, this book was unlucky lol. A colleague of mine gave me this book after she found out that I was a reader --like her. Unfortunately, it sat there on my book shelve untouched. Why? Just because I didn't feel like reading paperbacks. I'm so used to E-books now that I get upset when I HAVE TO read paperbacks. Anyways, one day I decided to check this book, to read the first page so I know whether it's a f ...more
Hannah (fullybookedreviews)
This book should have been a hit for me - I love WW1/WW2 fiction, along with plucky female protagonists. Unfortunately, it just felt all too bland for me. I think my biggest issue was suspension of disbelief - a teenage girl lying her way to the front in WW1 just doesn't fly with me, no matter how realistically the author wrangled it. The quiet horrors of war were well depicted though, in the changed personalities of those who returned. I especially respect the sheer fortitude of the nurses, who ...more
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was really interesting to learn about the way things were for women back then and how the main character really felt like she need to do something more than just sit around the house all day I also enjoyed the settings and how she went to the war but what really disapointed me was that the main character didn't fall in love with Hodoo Jack who would be a perfect match for her because he would understand her the best of anyone if there was another book they would have deffinatly been together ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Sedgwick usually writes books that contain fantasy elements, and this is no exception. It's a historical novel, though, about a girl who has a premonition that her beloved brother is going to be killed in France in World War I. She sets out disguised as a nurse to find him to try to save him. It's a very realistic portrayal of what nurses had to deal with then. The ending had an unexpected twist, which I liked.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting twist on the mountains of WW1 fiction that are cropping up at the moment and an appropriate level of gory detail for a YA novel. I felt the story dragged a bit in places, but overall the pace is okay and the protagonist's urgency feels real.
I got into this book not really knowing what to expect, because of how Marcus Sedgwick storytelling is described as unique and quite different than usual.

I did like the story, it was very pleasing and had very good points in its favor. First of all, the fact that this historical fiction is presented to you in short and not too descriptive chapters, is just heavenly. The short chapters compensate really well the heaviness of the subject of the story and made it very easy to consume without it bei
Zach McGouldrick
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: senior-year
While staying away from the direct action of the Great War, the book kept me involved and interested throughout. SPOILER ALERT; The twist in the end took me completely by surprise, but didn't come completely out of left field(it could have been predicted). It turns out that the bullet that Alexandra saw shoot Tom came from a gun that she fires. She knew that even if she could convince him to leave the front lines, that he would be killed for desertion. He rationale was that if he were wounded, h ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am really liking Marcus Sedgwick's writing style. After reading Mindwinterblood I went on a crazy search to add more of his novels to my ever growing To-Read list. This one did not disappoint. I was quite excited about the period piece aspect of this book. As a teen, I was a history nerd who lapped up anything historical, fiction or non-fiction.

I really liked the supernatural themes in this book as well. It was not just another retelling of the First World War because it had that extra touch
Carol Riggs
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting—a psychic-flavored historical novel! It’s set during World War I. The main character, Sasha, can predict when someone will die, which is interesting, and I liked her dilemma of whether those fates were set in stone versus being changeable. There were war details that really made me feel the horror of the fighting and blood and devastating casualties. I really liked the twist at the end. It was also refreshing to read a YA book that did NOT have a syrupy romance going on where th ...more
I picked this up because it is set during WW1 which is a time period I have read a lot from. The book follows Sasha who gets premonitions of people who are going to die. She sees a brother being shot and so travels to France to try and track him down.

This book was really fast-paced and the short chapters kept me reading as I wanted to find out what was going to happen. The chapter numbers are in reverse starting from 101 and counting down to 1. I thought that this technique worked really well at
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book, it was a compulsive read and I always find that I finish books with short chapters much faster, because every time I think I should put the book down and go to bed I think to myself: but the next chapters only page! What difference will one page make...? And so on until it's past twelve and I've finished the whole book.

I love historical fiction, especially anything to do with WwI or two so this book was a treat for me, and her being able to tell the future added even more inte
Paula Soper
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, ya
If you ever think that you can’t start another book because the last one was so good, pick up a YA novel by Marcus Sedgwick. Wow! He does YA supernatural better than anyone I’ve read. There are no fairies or literal secret doors. Instead there are normal people trying to negotiate lives that are a little bigger than ours. I like to believe that the world is more than what can be measured and touched.

So, read one of his YA novels. Any one. You’ll love them.

Drugs: no
Sex : no
R&R: visio
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a reader, I was immediately thrown in to the world during WWI. As this is not very well taught in schools, I was interested to see how different times and gender roles were in comparison to today. However, the story focuses Sasha and her gifts which her family finds hard to believe. The short chapters keep the pace going and the reader engaged. Being a slow reader, o was even able to finish it in a total of 6 or 7 hours. As the story progresses, it becomes harder to put the book down. With th ...more
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Hea ...more
“I'm just a girl in a nurse's uniform, but that doesn't mean I know how to save these men, and they- they are men in uniforms, but that doesn't mean they know how to die.” 29 likes
“And if I really can see the future, then what does it mean? Is there any sense in our lives if everything is already out there, just waiting to happen? For if that were so, then life would be a horrible monster indeed, with no chance of escape from fate, from destiny. It would be like reading a book, but reading it backwards, from the final chapter down to chapter one, so that the end is already known to you.” 12 likes
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