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How do you know you really exist?

It's Maisie's birthday and she can't wait to open her presents. She's hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness.

Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie knows that she will have to use the laws of the universe and the love of her family to survive. And even that might not be enough...

A mind-bending mystery for anyone who's ever asked questions. From the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright and The Jamie Drake Equation.

Cover illustration by Matt Saunders.

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day Reviews | Toppsta

9781788000291
  • ISBN: 9781788000291
  • Pub Date: 5th April 2018
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Imprint: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 176

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17th April '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
It’s Maisie’s 10th birthday unlike most children her age she’s not looking for a bike, the latest gadget or toy she’s desperate to get the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. For Maisie is so far removed from a ‘normal’ 10 year old, she’s already passed her G.C.S.Es and A-Levels and is now studying for a degree in Mathematics and Physics. In fact her life has been far from ordinary but on the morning of her birthday it soon becomes clear that her life is now truly extraordinary and completely incomprehensible. She’s all alone in her house and when she opens her front door to look for her family there is nothing there just a dense, terrifying blackness. Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, as her world is consumed by the darkness, Maisie has to rely on the laws of the universe and her desire to be reunited with her family to save herself. And in the end even that might not be enough…

I’m not actually sure how to describe this book to you as it defies description with its mind-blowing original premise. As each layer is gradually unravelled through the story, you think you see light at the end of the tunnel and think you may have found the answer you have been seeking but each time Christopher cleverly turns the tale so that the truth is never quite within your grasp. Maisie’s loneliness and despair is desperately sad at times but she uses her gifted mind to try and navigate this complex and seemingly never ended problem. It’s a real emotional rollercoaster of a read with a huge revelation at the end that will leave you reeling with shock. As we near the end of the story you are literally holding your breath, physically willing events to take a turn for the better yet feeling this hope gradually slipping out of your hands. Yet again Christopher has created another compelling tale that will hold you tight within it’s grasp until the very last page, another thrilling, nerve-wracking adventure.
22nd May '18
LewisT1 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This book is one of the best books i've read the characters had good detail Maisie was a curious girl.My favourite part was when Lilly found out that her tattoo was a infinity symbol and Lilly got scared that her parents would find out.
5th August '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Year 6 readers aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
An absolutely brilliant story that combines scientific theory with a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Christopher Edge has created a story that will challenge your thinking and inspire you to learn more about the mysteries of space and time. Watch out for the amazing twist at the end!
14th May '18
I read it to Hstar aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This was a fascinating book following the different realities of Maisie Day.  It follows Maisie's brithday and how different choices impact upon what happens to her.  Mixing science with the narrative.  My daughter enjoyed the story but found it easier to read along with me as she had lots of questions about the science.
7th May '18
THorner read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
At first I thought the book was just for girls but once I started reading it I really started to enjoy it.  I was hooked once I realised there was so much science stuff in the book. The characters were really good too and a particularly liked Maisie, she was really clever!
28th April '18
Yzabelle read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
loved loved loved!! Maisie is a brilliant character she is very intelligent and creative. 
The chapters alternate between Maisie’s real world and an alternative universe, but there is a twist
17th July '18
AshtonT read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
the infinite lives of maisie day is a book about a girl who is accademically gifted and has infinite lifes she ends up coming against a terrifying darkness that in her mind engulfs her house
24th July '18
Alex Readalot read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This book is about a girl called Maisie (I think you would be able figure that out from the title!) whose life is shifting between her real life and an infinite void of darkness that is surrounding her house.
This book changes from one chapter about Maisie’s real life and another about Maisie in the void of darkness. I liked this because it made the story interesting.
I don’t have a favourite character from this story because I like them all the same. I liked Maisie because she was smart and she used it to save herself in the story.
My favourite part was when Maisie found out why she was in the abyss of darkness and who did it for her.
If you like guessing what will happen next in stories you should read this book because it is kind if a mystery. It’s also a science book because I learnt lots of things about space while I was reading it.
10th October '18
I read it to SycamoreStBern aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
This was an excellent class read the story was unlike anything I had read to the children before.  The story built from Maisie's Birthday.  The twists and turns kept the class in suspense and they wanted to read more each day.  This was a mystery which used scientific knowledge in a way which children could understand.  When the BANG moment came the class jumped out of their seats.  I can't wait to read it to my new class this year. 
16th May '18
Bobbin read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
Another brilliant book from Christopher Edge that explains complex scientist ideas in a way that they can be understood while wrapped up in a gripping tale with a number of twists and turns.

Maisie Day is no ordinary girl, and the book starts on her birthday with her hoping that her parents will give her the component parts she needs to build a nuclear reactor.  Quickly it becomes clear that this is not a 'normal' tale, as each chapter sees Maisie in a different reality, and she has to adapt quickly as she starts to realise what is going on and has to figure out what to do using her detailed scientific knowledge.

My son and I started reading this book together, but he soon raced off reading ahead by himself, and read this in a couple of days.  He stayed up late one night to finish it, and came to see me as soon as he finished, excitedly explaining what had happened and the ending.  I am definitely going to also read this book myself - and fully expect, as with the last two, to have a better understanding of some complex scientific theories!  

I would highly recommend any Christopher Edge books, he has quite a unique skill at explaining complex ideas in such a thrilling and exciting manner, and it is great to see how enthused my son is about science from reading these stories.
28th October '18
Jbwise read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I loved this book and found the storyline gripping but a little bit confusing.
I couldn't put it down, every chapter ended on a cliffhanger and I had to keep reading!
12th September '18
I read it to Oak Class Yr6 aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
We loved how this book spoke to us using complex language. This gave us a chance to explore their meaning but also felt that it meant the author, Christopher Edge, was talking to us in a grown up way. He knew that we could understand tough things and it made us feel more in the book as a result.
30th April '18
Leonjames read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This book is amazing really glad I was able to review this. Will definitely be getting some more of Christophers books.
It's Maisie's birthday and she's not hoping for the usual things a 10 year old would want she's hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But that's not what she wakes up too instead it's an empty house and blackness outside. 
Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie knows that she will have to use the laws of the universe and the love of her family to survive. Is this enough?! .....you will need to read to find out 
30th April '18
I read it to Rory aged 10 aged 10 & to Addie aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
Christopher Edge doesn’t disappoint with this book. He is fast becoming our favourite author. We  loved the science aspects of the story, something the author always does well (complex science presented in an easy to understand way within the storyline) It’s interesting not knowing which of Masies “realities” is actual reality and we always love story’s that have a twist or two. We would recommend to all our friends 
16th May '18
Hermione read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This book is amazing! I was really confused aboia what was going on when I first started reading it! But I loved Maisie! She is so clever and I learned so much from reading it! 
12th June '18
NedK read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I liked how Maisie was trapped in the parallel dimension it was very interesting to imagine and find out about. Maisie was the main character and she was smarter than her sister Lily. I like to think I am too. It was an adventure book and I recommend to people age 9 to 11. I have read The Many Worlds of Albie Bright and I can't wait to read the other one Jamie Drake equation by the same author.
19th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
It’s Maisie Day’s 10th Birthday, but when she races downstairs, she finds herself alone, her family gone and the world she knew no longer exists outside – just an impenetrable darkness that is seeping into her home.
It’s Maisie Day’s 10th Birthday, but when she races downstairs, even with her birthday breakfast underway, big sister Lily makes everything about her – just like she always does.
Maisie is a child genius, who passed her GCSE’s and A-Levels in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and is currently studying for a degree and n Maths and Physics. And, it’s going to take everything she knows to work out what is going on as reality keeps shifting around her. Will she get the nuclear reactor she wants for her birthday?
Heart-breakingly beautiful, The Infinite Lives Of Maisie Day is an electrifying read that will leave you breathless. With each new twist, Maisie’s determination and resilience to unearth the truth and escape the darkness threatening to swallow her world shine through, as does her loneliness where big sister Lily is concerned. Not only does it open up huge scientific questions, from Vantablack to Möbius Strips and the theory of gravity to infinite  universes, but also what it means to be human, how we treat the people we love and how to overcome our fears and self-doubt.
Having read and loved both The Many Worlds Of Alfie Bright and The Jamie Drake Equation, I deliberately waited until I had an uninterrupted afternoon to read this stunning story, and I’m so glad I did. I was gripped from the very first page until the very last, and left tear stained and hopeful. The Infinite Lives Of Maisie Day has earned its place on the bookshelf in my heart.
Oh, and do translate the binary code at the end!
1st May '18
Gaby read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
Maisie is an academically gifted girl that just loves science. She is convinced that her elder sister, Lily hates her because she ignores her. Then on her 10 th birthday  Lily is finally nice to her, but is it actually the meanest she’s ever been?
An abseloutley AMAZING book! I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the next chapter! This book is ‘the one’ for anyone that loves science and learning. 
21st May '18
EbonieM read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
The Infinite Lives Of Maisie Day was a great book to read. We read the extract in guided reading and it made me want to read on so I bought the book. I enjoyed this book because it leaves you with a mystery at the end of every chapter and it has a twist. It is Maisie's 10th birthday and she thinks it's going to be the best day ever but it wasn't. It was the opposite.  She saw her gazebo in the garden and went down stars. It was quiet. I would say it has a reality chapter then a true chapter. The true chapter is what really happened.
14th June '18
ScarlettR read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day 9781788000291
5 stars
It is about a girl who wakes up on her birthday and she has switched between dimensions. All she wants to do is get back to her normal dimension and she is confused why she can't and by what is happening. She adores her sister (Lily) but she thinks that her sister hates her because she is so intelligent. I would recommend this to anyone in year 5 or older because I think it would be appropriate for them. Thank you for the Toppsta giveaway!
4th May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
Christopher Edge you have done it again! Absolutely LOVED this book.

We, as a class, studied the front cover and first 2 chapters of the book in guided reading last week and every child has asked me when they can read it or if we can have it as our class book. They asked so many questions during the sessions and can't wait to find out how or why she has 'infinite lives'. 1 copy isn't going to be enough!!

Following this, I read the book myself as I too was intrigued and hooked on the story so far. I read it in less than a day; I couldn't put it down. The story is greatly relatable with the way it describes Maisie's relationship with her sister. This bond leads to life-saving decisions and actions. Read this book; you won't regret it.
9th May '18
I read it to Pine Martens aged 7 to 8
The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day 9781788000291
4 stars
My year 3 class weren’t too sure about this book as it was quite different to anything we’d read before. They found the first few chapters quite confusing, but by about chapter 5 they were hooked!! It got them asking lots of science related questions and also commenting on the author’s use of tension. They have even asked to read more books by Christopher Edge.
17th May '18
zainab's read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
This book is quite unexpected and not like any other book I've ever read. I liked this book because it is quite adventurous.I would definetly reccommened this book but to older readers as it is a bit confusing.
17th May '18
zainab's read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day 9781788000291
4 stars
This book is quite unexpected and not like any other book I've ever read. I liked this book because it is quite adventurous.I would definetly reccommened this book but to older readers as it is a bit confusing.
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Author Christopher Edge worked as a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of teenage novel The Dead Ways and novelty book How to be a Hero. Popular illustrator Maggie Kneen's most recent book for Templar is Christmas in the Mouse House; Richard Johnson's are the pop-up sounds books Alice in Wonderland and Pinocchio. Sandy Nightingale h...

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