I honestly cannot remember the last time I read the first book in a series so close to its release date and you know what, it’s over-rated because I just want the next one RIGHT NOW OH MY LORD.
I’m going to do something I’ve never done and copy the blurb from Goodreads below, because I’m afraid once I start trying to describe the plot I’m not going to be able to resist spoilers!
‘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.’
This is totally my kind of YA, kinda contemporary, kinda dystopian, a little bit sci-fi, and I have to say I loved every page of this book.
The minor cast were an amazing mix of dark and mysterious boys, cheeky, happy-go-lucky types with a heart of gold (I’m looking at you, Enzo, you adorable scamp!), bubbly girls with gorgeous personalities (Cami and Abby), rounded off with strong lead characters in the silent but strong ‘Jane Doe’ and the bipolar AF, but really pretty rad, Ward.
I devoured this book in the space of two days, largely because the plot trotted on at a steady pace and had me hooked from the start. You just can’t go past a sci-fi dystopia set in Sydney (shoutout to my home city ♥). Noni’s world-building in this book is fantastic, and at times I could feel myself getting a little bit claustrophobic in the white-walled Lengard, feeling ecstatic at Ward’s quarters, and a little bit spooked in the cavernous underground that comes in to play later in the book (I’m trying really hard not to give anything away here buys but it’s tough).
Noni gets another point for creating a cast of characters similar enough in age, without falling in to the romancey love-sick teen tropes. There’s elements of romance and budding relationships in the book but they’re never the main focus of the story and it made them more enjoyable to watch unfold and see the characters navigate their feelings in the background of the main storyline.
While the book doesn’t deal with any groundbreaking themes, it was such a fun and interesting read, and it does give you pause to think about the way we use words and the power they can hold.
I’ll tell you one thing, I absolutely cannot wait for book two to come out!
Rating: Fans of YA/dystopian novels will enjoy this quick read, just be prepared to be hanging out for book 2 because I promise you’ll be left wanting more.
Have you read Whisper? On a scale of 1 – 10 how excited are you for the next book? 😛 Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!