As readers

As readers, we have to feel empathetic for Swindells’ main character Link. He goes through knowing he is a social outcast and in fact a non person is really extraordinary. “After a bit you start to think of yourself as a different creature – a creature that lives beside ordinary people but isn’t one of them.” The author used this exquisite metaphor to show how the character felt in a different perspective. How he had to lie on his bruises, listening. Trying to warm his feet. Then he has to curl up on his side but his hip hurts, so you stretch out on your back so his feet stay cold and the concrete hurts his heels. And then after all of that, he has to try fall asleep. Link then realises that “To all intents and purposes you belong to a separate species,” The Author uses sibilance here in this quote to manifest emphasis.