First published: 2005
A finger on my eye, lifting the lid. Light spearing into my brain, but the touch is worse. Despair leaks from the fingertips and burns into me.
Alyzon Whitestarr is part of a caring if eccentric family that consists of her absent-minded and nocturnal mother, her sweet-natured musician father and her two sisters Mirandah and Serenity. They manage to coexist through their varied quirks, patterns and monetary struggles until Alyzon falls into a coma for several months after a freak accident.
Most people are limited to 5 senses.
Alyzon wakes to find her senses expanding into a type of hyper aware Synesthesia. She sees, hears and smells things others can’t detect leading her to recognise the true natures of the people around her.
Alyzon begins to smell something truly terrible; a sickness of the spirit infecting some people and leading them to violence and destruction. She comes to realise this illness may have some awareness as it seems to only be targeting the people she loves.
Awards for Alyzon Whitestarr
- 2005: Winner, Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel
- 2005: Winner, Golden Aurealis for best novel