July 25, 2012
Young Adult | Dystopian
Whispers in Autumn #1
Rating: ★ 1/2
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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.
The autumn 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.
IN A SENTENCE:
While the dystopian market is crowded, Whispers in Autumn stands out with its aliens, Dissidents, and traveling between the seasons. Trisha Leigh makes you feel like you are in Connecticut in the fall with Althea, piecing together why the Wardens are here and what they want. I loved this one and wish you do, too.
Confession time: I am in a place right now where I’m not wanting to read dystopian. Especially new dystopian novels. There are some sequels I am dying to get my hands on right now, but for a new series? Forget about it. I’ve had my dystopian fix bring me something else PLEASE!
Guys, Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh isn’t like most dystopians out there. It’s a little bit like The Host by Stephenie Meyer, but that’s adult; for the most part, Whispers in Autumn is unique to the YA dystopian world. It features aliens, which I’m not a huge fan of, but it’s just SO GOOD.
After I finished Whispers in Autumn, I tweeted that I was in a happy bookglow. You know what I’m talking about, where you’re just so HAPPY with how it ended, even if it’s a little cliffhangery, and you don’t want to start another book, instead want to reread the book you finished (or the sequel if it’s out)? I haven’t had that moment in a long time—the last one I really remember is Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready. That’s not saying I’m not happy after reading a book, it’s just a rare feeling (for me at least).
I absolutely adored this one. It’s gorgeously written and it felt like I was with Althea and it was autumn. I was afraid of the Others and the Wardens, of Denshi and even of this mysterious Ko person. I wanted to know more about Althea and what made her Something Else.
I do have to say, though, that some of the language was weird for me. For instance, Althea says “banana balls” for crazy or even as a cuss word, and I cracked up every time. Although she did say “balls” once and I liked that a lot more than “banana balls.” I can’t even write it without laughing. Also: Cell is the word for School, and it really made me wonder how that came to be. This is probably twenty-ish years in the future, if my thinking is correct, and some of the language just made me pause and think about it because it’s kinda a drastic change, you know? Like the words should be more in the future.
But aside from that, I really did enjoy this. I loved how unique it was, and even Lucas. Aw, Lucas. (Fils! </3) The romance in this book made me grin so hard and wish that they would kiss even though that isn’t Acceptable when you aren’t Partnered.
I would highly recommend picking up your very own copy of Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh because it is THAT good. And you know you want to know who Althea really is, and of course Fils! I mean Lucas. Of course I mean Lucas. Why would I want you to meet a fish?