The Boy with the Tiger’s Heart by Linda Coggin

Review published on June 11, 2015. Reviewed by Vicky Jopling

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A girl with no name, raised by wild dogs and rescued by a man who takes her in, is accused of his murder. Together with a tame bear, she goes on the run.  There is talk of a mystical place called The Edge – a place where man has no control; where the natural world thrives and freedom awaits. She means to get there.

 

Along the way she meets Caius, a boy who wants to escape his abusive father and Jay, the estranged son of a scientist who saved his life following an accident by replacing his damaged heart with that of a tiger. Together they fight for survival, in the hope that a brighter future can be found.

 

I was utterly charmed by this tale. From the opening chapter, the beautiful writing paints a vivid picture of the harsh reality our characters inhabit. A world where the lights are permanently on and the natural environment has been extinguished. Nona (the name eventually given to the girl with no name) is captivating. She is wild and free from restraint; completely juxtaposed with the sterile world she longs to escape from. Her two companions couldn’t be more different and I enjoyed the relationship between the three characters. I particularly liked Jay; a boy who struggles to control his wild desires and human feelings.

 

I felt that, as the reader, we are given a brief snapshot of the characters’ lives. As soon as the story begins, we are immediately thrown into events without much preamble (which I liked); that I just happened to gain a glimpse of their lives at a time of upheaval.  The ending left me thinking which I find is always a sign of a good book. This is aimed at younger readers and I’m sure it would prompt discussion of important topics, conservation being at the fore front. I must mention the cover; it is just beautiful and perfectly captures the story within. As I was reading I found myself turning to gaze at the front. Wonderful.

– Vicky Jopling

The Boy with the Tiger’s Heart by Linda Coggin, published by Hot Key Books on 5th February, 2015 at £5.99

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