I’m not even sure where to start with this review. Did you ever watch a television show and really want to get to the finale, but want to slow it all down at the same time? That’s how I felt about this book. I promised myself I would finish reading it over the weekend but I purposely put it down for a day because the end was getting too close, too soon!
It’s a really powerful look into what it’s like to be blind and then learn to see. Have you ever wondered what that would be like? I found myself looking at my world a little differently during my few days lost in Nova’s world and, honestly, I really liked what I saw. You’d think with the popularity of mindfulness and ‘in the now’ platitudes on social media we wouldn’t need a reminder to be conscious of the beauty we see in the world.
Nova is a 32-year-old interpreter for the Met police and she has been blind since birth. She is presented with the option to have surgery, which may give her sight. The surgery is just the beginning of a major life journey for Nova. Suddenly there is colour in her life, movement she hadn’t noticed before, shapes and colours to learn.
The Rules of Seeing are numbered and scattered throughout, which is a really clever idea by the author. These are notes that Nova keeps for herself, a diary of sorts, reminders to herself of what she has learned on her journey.
This book is jam-packed with emotion. It brought about all sorts of feelings and questions in me while I was reading it. There is so much tenderness and love, yet there is also a real feel of fear and menace. It pulls at all of the heartstrings.
The Rules of Seeing is Joe Heap’s debut offering, and it is truly fantastic. The concept alone is brand new to me. It really made me want to gobble it all up in one sitting but, as I said above, I had to force myself to slow down. I wanted to make sure I missed absolutely nothing by rushing through. I knew it couldn’t go on indefinitely but, in my head, I could have happily followed Nova’s discoveries about herself, and the world that was brand her to her, for much longer.
I read a lot of books, I enjoy a lot of books but I very rarely admit to being gripped! I’m very happy to admit defeat this time.
I hope you’ll buy it when it’s released in a few weeks. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. My advice would be to buy some chocolate, boil the kettle and clear your schedule.
The Rules of Seeing is available to purchase from August 8th 2018 (€9.99) and can be pre ordered at www.amazon.co.uk
Jennie Scanlan, Mother of Dragons (well actually, 1 teen, 1 tween and a Ronaldo wannabe), rugby coach and eternal dreamer. Jennie loves nothing more than being lost down the rabbit hole of her books and her Kindle. With a pinch of empowerment, a teaspoon of solitude and the odd G&T she is not shy of an opinion or a or letting you know what passions stir her body and mind.
If you like to share your thoughts of this book with Jennie you can find her at @MrsScanlan on Twitter