Saving Celeste


The boy promises himself he will not fall in love again. He learned early that it will end with heartbreak. Therefore, he sticks to his solitary life in his ‘too big apartment’, with daily visits from Bryce, alongside map drawing and piano playing. Yet something breaks when Celeste steps out of the hundred and fifteenth floor into school alongside him. Although she spends  a morning there, only, the boy knows she is something precious.

However tracking her down, following her trail to Tower 330 and then lying to gain access to her hideout, is entirely out of character. So too is demanding support from his remote mother. Then again, this support leads to Celeste’s greater disappearance. What is her story and how does it marry with the strange mark on her forehead, something that resonates with the boy’s maps? Who is Celeste? How is she connected with our planet?

Somehow, Celeste and the fate of the planet are connected. As the boy realises this, he begins a dangerous campaign. Can somebody who is not tech savvy, in a world of silence and surveillance, hope to mend a sickness?

Bookwagon recommends Saving Celeste highly to our older readers. This is a compact, considered and controlled environmental allegory with such power, meaning and conviction that we are inspired.

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Saving Celeste

Timothée de Fombelle, translated by Sarah Ardizzone


Although the boy promises himself that he will never fall in love after his betrayal, aged six, at fourteen, he is Saving Celeste. Although they sit together at school for one morning only, he is captivated by this vision. What’s more, her inspiration, leads him to bad mouth Bryce, and then contact his mother.
Although he’s well looked after with his groceries and console supplies, the boy is largely isolated. It seems as though his map making and then his piano playing sustain him. However Celeste’s appearance and then disappearance lead him to break away from Immencity Tower to Tower 330. Then again, it compels him to contact his mother, urgently.
It seems as though the boy has seen something he recognises on Celeste’s skin. What could it be and how might it resonate within him? Then again, what does he need from Bryce? Could these actions be an environmental call to the world?
Timothée de Fombelle offers a story of love for our planet through recognising our place and possibilities within its gaze. This is a clever, perfectly crafted allegory. It seems appropriate given that it comes from the pen of the writer of Captain Rosalie.
Bookwagon recommends Saving Celeste to older readers, for sharing and discussing in class and then for mulling over. This is a work of conscience and awareness.


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