Author: Lynette Noni
No. of pages: E-book; 361
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: KCP Loft
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Date Read: March 17, 2018
“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. (Goodreads)
I was given this e-arc by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I first saw this on NetGalley the description was super intriguing and it seemed like something I would really enjoy. My first instinct was correct. Once I started this book and got into it, I couldn’t put it down. It was well-written, intriguing, and heart-stopping with moments of kindness and harshness that brought everything together in the end. Honestly, if this book was out today, I’d go pick it up right away.
Whisper is about a girl, ‘Jane Doe,’ who has currently been in a government facility for the past two and a half years being tortured and tested, and yet has stayed silent the entire time. Because she knows that her words hold power, and that power could be dangerous. After changing the way that they treat her by giving her actual human connection, she cracks and proves her ability as a Speaker, people that can manipulate the intent of their words and make it a physical force. From then, she begins to learn things about herself, her life before, and the current life she’s living and begins to discover that not everything is as it seems, and not everyone is careful with their intentions.
This book had me in all kinds of disarray. I loved certain characters and I hated certain characters. I loved things that happened and I hated things that happened. I loved some of the relationships that ‘Jane’ started to build and I hated other relationships that were clearly not good for her. But overall, this was one book that I loved completely and whole-heartedly.
The one thing I loved most was the main character. Noni has created a main character with such strength, but the character herself doesn’t realize until the very end of the book that she had this strength in her the whole time. She learns to build this confidence in her abilities that wasn’t there before. She learns to see that she’s not a monster because of the influence of her words, but that she’s creative in spite of them to serve a purpose.
I also loved what I gathered as a hidden message throughout the book. Jane’s abilities happen through the words that she speaks. She learns that words have a cost, regardless of how they’re used, so you must be careful with them. In a way, it’s a reminder that our words have the power to destroy or to build; to hurt or to help. It’s our responsibility to use them wisely, to think before we speak, and to think about what our words might cost ourselves or others.
This book captured my attention and I cannot wait for more. It was fast-paced, intriguing, and full of action. Also, I can’t tell you who I loved more: Landon or Kael — the verdict’s still out on that one. This will be a book that I pick up more than once. If you’re a fan of the Shatter Me, Reign the Earth, or Divergent, this is definitely one that you should consider picking up!!