Cassie has gone missing. Following an argument with her friend Fitz (and the narrator of the story), she has vanished. Cassie has always been regarded as ‘different’ – she is a deep thinker, but people are wary of her. She has confided in Fitz that she is hearing a humming noise, which she believes is the Earth’s distress call . Although Fitz is unable to hear or feel the hum, he is as convinced as Cassie.
Cassie’s parents put aside their constant squabbling and are determined to find her. The police become involved, but Fitz grows increasingly certain of where he thinks Cassie has gone to. It is a place that stares out to the ocean and is named Wrath – but what is its meaning?
This is a beautiful, unsettling story for older readers that draws on so many contemporary themes and concerns – lockdown, climate change, ‘difference’ for example. But is a cracking, thoughtful and intriguing story.