Number of Pages: 388
For ages 12+
"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.
The autumn 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." -Goodreads
Just letting you all know right now that I DO know the author. Quite well. She's my mother's critique partner and Trisha and I enjoy irritating one another, but we both still seem to love the other! ;) But just because I know her does not mean I will be biased in this review. That being said, everything I say in this review is truthful!
I got to beta read this book a few years ago when Trisha first wrote it! Then she changed some things and I read it again, and then I read it again before it came out. So, you can say I've read this book a lot! Luckily enough, I never got tired reading it!
Althea is one of those characters that you can't help but feel sorry for. She's a girl who lives in a world full of unknowing, always happy people. I would find it a tad creepy if everyone around me were stripped of all emotion except happiness and I'm over here like, "I'm sad!" I'm sure that's how Althea felt. ;) She also has no idea whatsoever WHY she's different. And she's given super difficult instructions. She's not to trust anyone but then again, there are people out there like her. CONFLICT! I imagine it also gets pretty darn lonely when everyone sees you as the social outcast.
Lucas, Lucas, Lucas. *sigh* That boy. <3 He is swoooony! And every single time I read about him I never get bored! What I absolutely adore about him is the fact that he's willing to protect Althea no matter what. He wants to find answers for the both of them. It made me all happy inside to see that Althea was no longer alone. And it helps just a tad that the person who is the same as her just so happens to be a super cute guy. But I mean, who really notices stuff like that? Come on now.. ;) Lucas also helps Althea learn that outside the boundary isn't as bad as the Others make it seem. Both Althea and Lucas together create an awesome team! The Others better not mess with them! ;)
Goodness gracious were there some heartfelt moments in this book. I'm pretty sure I cried like three times. Something I loved about this book was that it wasn't like other dystopian books. Dystopian has gotten really popular and I've been getting a tad tired of it. But Whispers in Autumn is far from normal dystopian. And don't let the word "alien" scare you off. ;) There are no green creatures with big heads and huge bug eyes.
There were also times where I wanted to scream for Althea and Lucas to JUST KISS ALREADY. For cereal! In this book it seems that in the future things take a step back and become less modern. It is unacceptable to show any affection towards someone until they're partnered. So, sadly there isn't really a good time to do something like that.
Over all, this book is FANTABULOUS! Seriously. I think everyone should go out and buy this book. I mean, why not? There's no question how many diva crowns I'm gonna give it. FIVE! And I know the next book is gonna be super good because I was lucky enough to alpha read it! (This took LOTS of begging. Trust me) ;D I recommend this to readers who love dystopian and romance! It is divine! :)
Hope your day is filled with SPARKLES!