Relatively Strange by Marilyn Messik
Relatively Strange by Marilyn Messik is set in England and is told from the first person point of view of Stella. Stella tells her life story, growing up through the 50’s and 60’s with her “strange” abilities. Turns out she can fly, move objects with her mind and even read the minds of others. We follow her as she learns to navigate life with these abilities that make her different most people around her. Through up, downs, twists, turns, and problems by caused and solved by these abilities, see how truly strange life can be for Stella.
In all honesty, I found the first half of this book to be incredibly boring. It felt very tedious to read and there wasn’t really anything interesting happening. But you need the background information. The first half is more about getting to know and understand Stella, although I don’t recall seeing her name anywhere in the first half. Then the second half is much more interesting. She meets people like her that need her help and the focus is on the big mission she is taking part in.
I admire the creativity and research that must have gone into a story like this. The human mind is incredibly complex and Messik not only deals with it as is, she also adds additional layers to those with the “strange” abilities. Reading through all the background information is definitely worth it to discover all the details of the big mission. The story is very well planned and realistic. It almost makes you wonder if there are people among us who can fly, or move things with a though, or see into the minds of others.
Although the first half felt tedious, I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in extra-human abilities. If you like the strange, unknown possibilities that may or may not be real then why not give Relatively Strange by Marilyn Messik a try.
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