My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Actual Rating: 4.5/5.
Normally I’m not into aliens. At all.
While I’m probably still not going to be seeking recs for books with aliens, I did end up loving Whispers in Autumn, primarily for two reasons: the characters and the world building.
I felt like this book started really slow, but what I didn’t realize until later was that this really helped us get inside Thea’s head, and ultimately feel sorry for her. Thea has the typical teenage worries about fitting in, and she feels like she’s different and that’s Not A Good Thing. I feel like my teenage self would’ve really been able to relate to her. My not teenage self mostly wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything will be okay, eventually.
Except, you know, I can’t really guarantee that to poor Thea, because in her world, she really is different, and that’s definitely Not A Good Thing. The reason I’m willing to forgive the whole aliens thing is the dystopian element there is to this world. The world reminded me of The Giver, in that everyone is brainwashed into believing their happy, with the result that they blissfully accept everything the Others hand to them. Except, of course, there’s way more to it than the whole Giver-ish brainwashing thing, which I can’t get into because spoilers.
There was one Big Twist at the end that I called, because that’s sort of my thing. But there were some others related to it that I had suspicions about that I was ultimately wrong about, and I think the whole slow beginning thing I mentioned earlier helped to build the tension before we learned Important Information. This in no way diminished my love for this book, which I’m sure you’ve already started reading by now.