by Jenny Davidson
July 1st 2008 by HarperTeen
Hardcover, 384 pages
0061239755 (isbn13: 9780061239755)
rating: 3 of 5 stars
"As a small child, Sophie used to tell herself the story of her own life, pictures and captions running inside her head just like a real book."
The Explosionist is, to say the least, a complicated story. It begins with Sophie, daydreaming in chemistry class, eighty years after the Battle of Waterloo. In Sophie's world, however, the French won at Waterloo, the current European chancellor bears a striking resemblance to the person we know as Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud is a radio hack, and Alfred Nobel is a disembodied voice.
Despite a bomb, a murder, a national plot toward war, one of the best lines in the book is about cake.
"I don't like cake very much," Sophie said. "The one really good thing about cake is that it's an excellent icing delivery system."