Whispers in Autumn
The Last Year #1
author : trisha leigh
pages : [paperback] 388
favorite character : althea
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.
Then 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.
I love dystopian novels, and this is definitely one for any fan of the genre to check out! In the slew of books coming out in this genre, Whispers in Autumn certainly stands out. I can’t remember if I’ve ever read one where the oppressive government is composed of aliens. That’s right, aliens now control the Earth, and Althea is one of the few who is even capable of realizing that anything is even wrong.
I loved figuring it all out alongside Althea . . Even if I wish she’d let someone give her a nickname. But I can understand how that’d get confusing, traveling from place to place and not even having your name remain the same. I can’t imagine having a life like hers, though that was what hooked me into the book from the start. Her life is anything but regular, something she herself notes in the first few chapters. Learning about her and her society is something that’s both interesting and freaky, because no one seems to even notice that something is wrong with how their lives are controlled during every instant.
I love Althea as a character! While some of the minor characters could get annoying at times, all of her reactions (and quirks) I liked reading about. Especially the little things that marked her as different from all of her fellow classmates. This is a completely character driven story, rather than one that relies on action like so many other dystopian tales. I think that’s another thing that sets this apart, though it doesn’t detract from the reader’s enjoyment at all. In fact, I think that I like being able to immerse myself in the different society a little more fully before everything starts falling into place. It makes it that much more interesting!
Whispers in Autumn is a book that you certainly won’t want to miss. Even if you aren’t typically a fan of dystopia, I think you’ll enjoy this book!