Two mutant boys search for answers about their increasingly erratic powers as they continue the correspondence begun in Because You'll Never Meet Me (2015).
Readers may wish to review the previous novel before starting this one, as Ollie, a white American teen, and Moritz, a German boy of Turkish descent, pick up bickering and pep-talking right where they left off, and preceding events and characters receive little introduction. This time, the literally electromagnetic Ollie's exuberant letters are written from the road as he and Dr. Auburn-Stache drive across America to meet other "Blunderkids," including a boy who regenerates his brittle bones and a girl with a removable heart. (Their back stories are brief but fascinating.) But roadblocks ensue; his power has become conspicuous and destructive, and everyone seems to know more about the Blunderkids than he does. Eyeless Moritz's emotional echolocation, meanwhile, is suddenly broadcasting his turbulent feelings to everyone he meets. Worst of all, Blunderkids are dying. The boys' communication is fraught with secrecy, frustration, and sympathetically awkward tension (Moritz is gay and loves Ollie, but Ollie is straight). Even so, they rely on each other for courage and perspective. Their letters alternately withhold and reveal critical information, culminating in a shocking revelation that will leave readers waiting eagerly for the next letter.
Part mad science, part convincing portrayal of the volatile, resilient nature of friendship and grief—and that, as Ollie says, is not science fiction. (Science fiction. 14 & up)