The Returners

The Returners

by Gemma Malley
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The Returners by Gemma Malley

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599904436
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Series: Declaration Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,257,171
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL430L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gemma Malley studied philosophy at Reading University before working as a journalist. She is the author of The Declaration and The Resistance, and lives in London with her husband and two young children.

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The Returners 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Will Hodge doesn't have many happy days, especially since his mother died and his father's political involvement has grown more and more radical. In addition to stress at home, Will's friends don't really talk to him anymore, he starts losing short blocks of time, and strange people start following him around claiming to know him. Then, the dreams begin and he starts to think he is going crazy. He dreams of concentration camps during World War II and several other atrocious events from history. At first, Will thinks he is losing his mind, but soon explains away the strange thoughts on the history he is learning in school. Deep down, he knows the dreams are serious. Eventually, he can't avoid the strange people anymore. They explain to him that they are Returners, just like him. Returners are "people who have been reincarnated and whose destiny is to recall the atrocities they have witnessed in the past." When Will learns about the part he plays in this complicated situation he is forced to decide what his role will be. Are we born with a predetermined destiny or can we change who we were meant to be? As a fan of dystopian literature I enjoyed reading THE RETURNERS. The only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is because I felt it took too long to get to the specific Returners storyline, as most of the book deals with Will's denial of his connection to the strange people following him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read!
MSOPRxgirl More than 1 year ago
I only finished this book because I'm stubborn. It took 89 pages to get to the plot basically and the book isn't much longer than that. It was an interesting idea for a book I guess, but It would've been much better left as just a short story. Not worth buying, just borrow it from a friend or the library if you really want to read it.
MamaRead More than 1 year ago
Wasn't expecting the book to be intersting and the end was good.
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