A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

English / USA


Whaley, John Corey (text)
New York [et al.]: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014. – 340 p.
ISBN 978-1-4424-5872-7

Death – Cranial reanimation – Fame 

“Listen – I was alive once and then I wasn’t. Simple as that. Now I’m alive again.” No, this is not another vampire story. In his second YA novel, John Corey Whaley veers more in the direction of a Frankenstein-like setting. Just before sixteen-year-old Travis Coates died of leukaemia, he agreed to take part in a science experiment to freeze his head for a planned cranial reanimation sometime in the far future. Five years later, and thanks to revolutionary medical developments, the teenage boy’s head is attached to a donor body and miraculously brought back to life. Great – but getting used to this new existence including his sudden celebrity status, isn’t all that easy for Travis, especially since the love of his first life is now engaged to be married to someone else. In turn witty, sad, hilarious, and creepy, this book tackles big questions including the meaning of life, death, and love in the guise of an irresistibly light-hearted contemporary science fiction novel. (Age: 14+)