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Post-apocalyptic Young Adult
Rated: 5 Stars
In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.
Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.
Then she meets Lucas, everything changes.
Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.
It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.
And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good
My review: First, I would be remiss if I didn't gush a bit about the cover with I love, Love, LOVE!! Kudos to the cover designer, because I honestly asked to review this book based on the cover alone.
I am thrilled to say I loved this book as much as I did the cover. Seriously. I could not put it down, read it while I was cooking, cleaning, eating, walking ... yes, I thought it was that good.
The author is crazy talented. She truly paints a picture with her words and from the first line ("Before my eyelids crack open I know I’ve traveled again.") I was well and truly hooked. Her characters, all of them, are well constructed and three dimensional -- a tough feat, really, since this is a book told in first person and frequently this means secondary characters aren't as fleshed out as readers would like. That's not the case here. I was as interested in our protagonist, Althea, as I was in truly minor characters like Greg and Leah. They were all unique individuals and I knew them all.
As clearly as I saw the people, the place was equally well drawn. From cell to home to park and even the bowling alley, a full color movie played in my head as I read. The plot was engaging and I've already told more than one person to GET THIS BOOK. I'm heading over to see if I can get the next book in the series (and truly hope the author is writing frantically so I won't be left hanging long -- there are four seasons, but only two books released so far).
So, yes: I give this five stars and a very enthusiastic recommendation!
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2015 is just around the corner. I love the idea for this story. A fabulous review & gush away about the cover - beautiful.ReplyDelete
Whispers in Autumn has quickly become one of my favorite reads. Love this series!ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting today! I'll be around to respond to any questions if your commenters have any. :)ReplyDelete
What a wonderful review, thank you.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the review!ReplyDelete
I agree the cover is awesome. That is the only downside to a series, the waiting you have to do until the next book comes out. Hopefully it will be short! Thanks for the reviewReplyDelete
fencingromein at hotmail dot com
What a great review! Is it truly a YA book? I know that some books get a YA label just because they have young protagonists--but they really are not YA-appropriate. What is the earliest age that might read Whispers in Autumn?ReplyDelete
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com
Catherine, I second the author's answer to this. I have a thirteen y.o. daughter and I wouldn't hesitate to let her read this book.Delete
This sounds awesome! I love this type of story, and so does my 16 yr old daughter. It's definitely going on my "must read" list!ReplyDelete
Thanks, everyone! Catherine, that's a really great question regarding the YAness of certain YA. It depends on you and/or the readers sensitivity to certain aspects. I would say that Whispers in Autumn would be appropriate for a younger reader - there is mild violence and a sweet-natured romance. As the series progresses, the violence becomes more intense. The romance never really moves far beyond kissing. Hope that helps!ReplyDelete
I just love this series!!! I can't wait for the next book!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great giveaway Trisha!!!
What a wonderful review, thank you.ReplyDelete