Release Date: February 14, 2013
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Iris Dancy’s free-spirited mum has left for Tunisia, her dad’s rarely sober and her brother’s determined to fight anyone with a pair of fists.
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 with their teenage son. Trick Deran is a bare knuckle boxer who says he’s done with fighting, but is he telling the truth?
When tools go missing from the shed, the travellers are the first suspects. Iris’s brother, Sam, warns her to stay away from Trick; he’s dangerous, but Iris can no longer blindly follow her brother’s advice. He’s got secrets of his own, and she’s not sure he can be trusted himself.
Infinite Sky is a touching YA contemporary novel that is perfect for those first stepping into the YA genre. This book is full of realistic and free-spirited characters, a romance that will make your heart ache, and so much emotion that it'll bring you to tears. I applaud C. J Flood for doing a wonderful job writing her debut novel.
I really enjoyed the premise of the story and learning more about travelers/gypsies through Iris' eyes. And I also loved her relationship with Trick. Exciting, heart-wrenching, and completely forbidden. Trick is an Irish traveler who ends up living near Iris with his family. Iris' dad is not happy and nor her brother, but Iris can't control her curiosity because their way of living is so much different than her's.
Iris is innocent and would rather look at the best in people. She has an older brother called Sam, who changed course from his bright future to hanging out with a bad crowd after their mother left. Iris and Sam have an interesting relationship. Even though they aren't close, they don't figt or hate each other either. Sam can be extremely sweet towards his sister, or absolutely horrible, depending on his mood. But Iris put up with him anyway.
I enjoyed the easy flow of this story and the way it moved at its own pace. It gave me time to get used to the characters and where the story was heading. The relationship between each of the characters also really intrigued me.
You shouldn't miss out on Infinite Sky if you are a contemporary-junkie, enjoy books that will make you shed a tear, or simply looking for some awesome debut authors!