Blog Tour & Giveaway: Whisper (Whisper #1) by Lynette Noni
Book Blurb:WHISPER by Lynette Noni
Pub. Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 320“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me.
I believed them. That was my mistake.
There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.
I’m different. I’m an anomaly. I’m a monster.
For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.
As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.
Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, Survival--
She refuses to give them her name, or to even speak for that matter. Instead she goes through her daily routine of the facility, of the armed guards treating her like a dangerous criminal, her trainings which at times is the same as torture. And still, she says nothing. With only a month left in her "captivity", "Jane Doe" has a new trainer, a young guy named Ward who seems to want to really help her, and despite her resolve, she begins to weaken to him. But she underestimates the consequences...
When I started reading Whisper, I went into it with no preconceived notions about this story and really only with a vague notion about what the book was about. Well, this was such an interesting, surprising story, very unique and twisty. The reader is dropped right into the story with zero preface, and when I say zero, I mean it. We, the reader, know absolutely nothing about what is going on, but we meet "Jane Doe" who even states that is not her name but will never say what her name is. We follow her during her daily routine in the facility which is basically like a prison with guards, hand cuff and tasers as well as physical conditioning and experimentation. But Jane does not speak, regardless of the tortures she endures, the fact she is treated like a dangerous criminal. But it seems like Jane believes she deserves what she gets, but the reason is not given. And so we slowly understand what caused Jane to be put into this facility and what she is willing to endure.
Wow, I had no idea what was going on. I will admit that the book had a very strong correlation (to me at least) of the Shatter Me series, with the special, strong girl locked up in a prison like facility and one young, captivating guy sent to lure her back to the world. The end of the book went in a different direction than the Shatter Me series, but that was the feel I picked up on the first 60ish pages of this story. I felt like this dark world was turning into a romance, but then I was surprised by the reveals in the plot, making the romance I hoped for take a seat to betrayal and heartache. The world Lynette created was interesting, with new terms and disclosures that allowed the story to stand out.
Whisper is the first in a science fiction/mystery/action adventure, with gritty truths and supernatural world building. Don't expect everything to wrap up in a nice little bow, but at least there are no cliffhangers to make you anxious, instead just lots of questions and worry to keep you desiring the next book, ASAP!
I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.
Lynette Noni studied journalism and academic writing at university before completing a degree in human behavior. She lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia and can be found baking cupcakes, singing along to animated movies, or daydreaming about being swept away to a fantasy world. Some days, she can even do all three at once — and still find the time to sneak in a nap afterwards.