Page 45 Review by Stephen
Amy and Jemmah grew up together on a mining colony way out in deep space, but when Amy's dad lost his job, the family was forced to travel back to Earth and begin a new life there, so separating the best friends in both space and time. For Amy knew that she would spend her 30 years on the spaceship in suspended animation and, on waking up, Jemmah would be in her mid-forties and, in all likelihood, with a family of her own.
SPACEBOY VOL 1 (reviewed at length) told of that separation, so agonising to Amy that she couldn't bear to even contact Jemmah. Instead, she gradually made new friends at a new school in a new city on the coast of a new country on a new planet.
Now, can you imagine being Jemmah, and having waited thirty long years to hear from your best childhood friend again, those days drawing nearer and nearer... and then nothing?
It's pretty poignant stuff.
However, as I observed at the time, the title of the series wasn't AMY but SPACE BOY, and this second volume's cover suggests, the following, late-developing subplot is almost certainly going to come to fruition, for the deepest isolation was yet to come.
Amy has synesthesia: she has always associated people with flavours, sensing different flavours "emanating" from different individuals, and for the very first time she encountered someone with none.
He's a silver-haired lad who keeps himself to himself, often skipping class, and his peers are all very wary of him. Only once did Amy sense anything other than a void, in art class, when the boy began painting, and then there was something other than a terrible, overwhelming emptiness.