I read Felix Yz with growing delight. The story is captivating. The tension builds throughout. I cared deeply for all the characters. All of that. But, for me, the best part of the book was the voice that Lisa Bunker used to tell the story. The blurb line below the title states. ‘It’s what’s inside that counts … and what’s inside Felix is an alien’. Felix tells the story, but with frequent interjections from his alien companion.
Felix has a difficult life, the accident which caused him to have the alien aboard killed his father. He is physically hunched into a crouching position which makes it difficult for him at school. His family life is not run-of-the-mill either. His father’s parent switches gender twice a week. His mother’s boyfriend is pushy, and Felix, himself, is discovering that he has a crush on a boy at school – and telling you this doesn’t even give away the story or the plot.
Ultimately, I felt, this book is about love. Love in all its many forms. I recommend this book to anyone, of whatever age, who likes to read something, clever, unusual and moving. I will be searching out more books by Lisa Bunker.
(G.Rosemary Ludlow 16 September 2019)