Title: Whispers in Autumn
Author: Trisha Leigh
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian Fiction
Series: The Last Year, book one
Star Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: An attempt at a debut novel involving aliens, first love, secrets, and a new world order, I feel like Whispers in Autumn overshot--though there were some redeeming qualities, this title wasn't spectacular, but it wasn't terrible, either.
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Althea knows she isn't normal. In her world, governed by the alien Others, everyone around her is a content, mindless robot. She knows she's different, but she doesn't know why, or how she got that way. But when she meets Lucas, a boy she feels unexpectedly but irresistibly drawn to, she realizes that she may not be the only one who is different from other humans. And if she wants to find her origins and dig deeper, she just might have to try to overthrow the new world order to do it..
What I enjoyed:
-I liked the plot of this novel--I love fiction about aliens!
-Althea, the young woman who knows she's different, and she finds that she just has to dig deeper into her origins
-Lucas, the boy who mirrors Althea and is drawn to her, and his relationship with her--their romance, tentative and shy at first, engaged me greatly
-The mysterious Others, who have subtly taken over the Earth and are much more sinister than they seem to be
-Deshi, the boy who seems like Lucas and Althea, but there is something distinctly wrong with him
-Cadi and Ko, the Others who sacrificed everything to keep Althea and Lucas safe, quite literally
-The ending--I liked the way it kept an opening for another novel
What could've been better:
-The pacing--It was really slow for the first ninety percent of the novel
-Althea, who seemed not just to be special, but extra special--it felt a little tedious
-There was a lot of buildup, but I felt like for most of the book I was asking more questions than receiving answers, and it left me unsatisfied
-I really didn't understand how the Others worked--I would've really liked more information
Overall, Whispers in Autumn wasn't bad, but it wasn't an absolute favorite, either. Next on deck: Ghosting by Edith Pattou!