* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Publisher: Accent Press
Release Date: August 11th 2016
Summary (from Goodreads):
Paul is in trouble – moved from a young offenders’ prison to a hospital for the mentally ill because he sees and talks to his dead sister. He knows she’s real. And she has something important to say.
The doctors’ methods are painful and disturbing. As the treatments build up, Paul is increasingly confused about what is real and who he can trust.
But he is not the only patient – not the only one who hears voices that seem connected to strange and inexplicable powers. When some of his friends are transferred to the mysterious Ty Eidolon, Paul becomes suspicious that they are destined for a sinister fate.
As his grip on reality weakens, Paul must make a decision – whether to escape alone or help the others escape with him into an uncertain and dangerous future.
Eidolon follows Paul, a boy in a hospital for the mentally ill, who has a troubled and secretive past and sees his dead sister. Something seems off about the doctors treatment of him, and when he begins to meet the other patients, it forces him to question everything he knows is true.
The book first won my favour when it mentioned Paul was staying in Ty Hapus – I used to live in Wales near a Ty Hapus, although I hope it wasn’t quite the same as the one Paul was in!
Eidolon forces the reader, along with Paul, to question what is real. Although the events in the book point towards something supernatural, Paul is in a hospital for mentally ill children: can you really trust his word? One of my favourite things about the book was that I was never really sure what was real and what wasn’t.
I really felt for Paul, whose ability to converse with his dead sister was like a lifeline to him: even if it meant he was crazy or something more supernatural, he just wanted to keep her around. As the events surrounding Debbie and Paul’s childhood and Debbie’s death emerge, it’s clear why he doesn’t want to let her go.
When Paul is moved to Ty Eidolon he meets a lot more young people with abilities like his. It all felt very X-Men/Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which are two of my favourite things. Again, we’re kept guessing as to what’s going on. Ty Eidolon is controlled by a mysterious director that the children say can control your mind. But everyone is in charge of their own medication and taught to control their powers, so is it really a bad place, or should Paul stay and give it a go? I really didn’t know which way things were going to go.
This is a great start to a trilogy that I’m really looking forward to finishing. Great for fans of Miss Peregrine’s, this is an action packed mystery which makes the reader question what’s real and what’s not, while touching on themes of loss and grief.