Synopsis from Edelweiss:
For two and a half years, Subject 684 — “Jane Doe” — has been locked underground in a secret government facility, enduring tests and torture. In that time, she hasn’t uttered a single word. Not even her real name.
Jane chooses to remain silent rather than risk losing control over the power within her. She alone knows what havoc her words can cause.
Then the authorities put her in the care of the mysterious Landon Ward, and Jane is surprised when he treats her like a person rather than a prisoner. Ward’s protective nature causes her resolve to crack in spite of her best efforts to resist.
Just as Jane begins to trust him, though, a freak accident reveals the dangerous power she has concealed for years.
It also reveals that the government has been keeping secrets of its own. Now Jane’s ability is at the heart of a sinister plot for vengeance, and she has to decide whom she will trust … and whom she will help.
Well-known throughout her native Australia, Lynette Noni creates compelling stories that appeal to devoted fantasy fans and general-interest readers alike. This novel’s extended metaphor about finding — and controlling — one’s voice and power will resonate with teens attempting to do just that. The slow-simmering romance, richly imagined world and unexpected plot twists will hook readers from the very first page.
About: Whisper is a young adult fantasy written by Lynette Noni. It will be published on 5/1/18 by KCP Loft, an imprint of Kids Can Press/Hatchette Book Group, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, science fiction, and fantasy. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. According to Kids Can Press’ website, it is “the largest Canadian-owned children’s publisher in the world – recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2013.” The Toronto-based publisher has variety of books for all readers, from picture books to non-fiction, graphic novels, young adult, and more. Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Whisper on 11/28/17 and finished it on 12/6/17 at nearly 1am. This book is a fantastic read! I love the plot and the characters. Enzo’s upbeat attitude is one of my favorite as well as Cami’s niceness. I love Abby and her kid-ish ways. I love the humor. That fire-water-ice cracks me up as well as Crew and Enzo’s bickering. I love the different abilities each person has and it’s a real treat to read them all in action. Kael’s humor is awesome as well and I can’t decide who I like more, Kael or Enzo. They are definitely great supporting characters!
This book is told in the first person point of view following Jane Doe/subject 684, being held captive by Lengard, a secret underground research facility. She has been kept there for over two and a half years. She is treated like a prisoner with handcuffs and guards when moving from one room to the next. She is on a strict daily schedule for analysis like a lab rat. She doesn’t utter a word during that entire time. When the program is about to lose hope on her, Falon, the Director assigns her to Landon Ward for a one-on-one session. Landon introduces her to being normal. She gets to read books and treated with respect. One day Landon offers to take her aboveground for a change of scenery. Something happened and she spoke her first word in over two and a half years. Her word have an effect that will shock readers!
This book is very well written and developed. I like the emphasis on the main character’s reactions with one word sentences. I like the mystery and suspense. I like not knowing what will happens next. I love the whole underground secretive world. I’m surprised how quickly Jane trust Kael. Vanek gives me goosebumps. I enjoy the writing and the story because it keeps me hooked. I like how the title is weave into the story multiple times. There is a start of a possible romance, but it’s up to readers’ imagination. This book is an excellent read and I highly recommend everyone to read it!
Pro: easy to read, fast paced, page turner, mystery, suspense, humor, couldn’t put down, underground world
I rate it 5 stars!
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About the Author:
Lynette Noni grew up on a farm in outback Australia until she moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast and swapped her mud-stained boots for sand-splashed flip-flops. She has always been an avid reader and most of her childhood was spent lost in daydreams of far-off places and magical worlds. She was devastated when her Hogwarts letter didn’t arrive, but she consoled herself by looking inside every wardrobe she could find, and she’s still determined to find her way to Narnia one day. While waiting for that to happen, she creates her own fantasy worlds and enjoys spending time with the characters she meets along the way. (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Goodreads).
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***Many thanks to Kids Can Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.