The Returners by Gemma Malley

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London teenager Will Hodge is miserable. His mother is dead, his father's political leanings have grown radical, and his friends barely talk to him. To top it off, he's having nightmares about things like concentration camps. Then Will notices he's being followed by a group of people who claim to know him from another time in history. It turns out they are Returners, reincarnated people who carry with them the memory of atrocities they have witnessed in the past. Will realizes that he, too, is a Returner. But something about his memories is different, and with dawning horror, Will suspects that he wasn't just a witness to the events, he was instrumental in making them happen. Set in the near future, with the world on the verge of a new wave of ethnic cleansing, Will must choose to confront the cruelty he's known in his past lives, or be doomed to repeat it...
 

About Gemma Malley

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GEMMA MALLEY studied philosophy at Reading University before working as a journalist. A successful author of women’s fiction, The Declaration is her first book for young readers. She lives in London with her family.
 
Published April 10, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 257 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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George Santayana famously warned that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Jan 01 2011 | Read Full Review of The Returners

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They follow him everywhere, these freaks, and Will can't be sure if they're real, or - even worse - they're a symptom of the kind of mental instability that lost him his mother in the first place.

Jan 27 2010 | Read Full Review of The Returners

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