★★★★ 3.5 Stars
Genre: Science Fiction / Mystery
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Pantera Press
Whisper is an organic drama encased in technological dread, a warning but wholly alive voice echoing through a sterile ward. The power of words is a mighty one, and it bears a price to match if words are abused.
It’s a literal interpretation of the potency of language and the tendency for words and actions to fall upon their creator – a young woman, titled only ‘Jane Doe’, is held and experimented on by the government against her will because it’s discovered that she can alter anything in the atmosphere – time, objects, people – with words alone.
It’s a cross of warm, poignant character-building with the brutal nature of scientific politic and the “end justifies the means” mentality. No one ever wants to take the blame for the aftermath of their creation, even if it means violating and erasing the humanity of its victims.
“With my mental image well in hand, I open my mouth and speak for the second time in over two and a half years. The sound I make is barely a whisper, but the power behind it knows no bounds.”
I liked Whisper‘s concept more than its execution, it falls a bit into typical YA form, hinting at so many deeper things but never breaking the surface. You can’t argue that it’s an interesting idea, though, and pretty original.
- “The ground is dissolving under my feet. Surely I must be sinking into an alternate dimension. One where silent girls are befriended by armored knights and bouncing children and swallowed up in dreams so real they bleed life into the very walls, turning the blandness of whites, greys and beiges into rainbows so dazzling that the air itself comes alive with their colors.”
- “Some memories are buried for a reason, but it’s still hard to keep them at bay. A mother’s loving touch has the power to break through even the most fortified mental defenses.”
- “That’s just how our minds are programmed – to recognize and match what we say to things we imagine. And that’s why, even though it’s the intent that matters, often our words come automatically with their own pre-attached power.”
- “Words are too precious to throw around carelessly. Words demand respect. They are beautiful; they are terrible. They are a gift and a curse. I will never forget what they can do. Because words have cost me everything.”
[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]