There is something about Young Adult Sci-fi / Dystopian series like Divergent, the Hunger Games, the 5th Wave, that appeal to me more than anything else.
Whisper by Lynette Noni was an unexpected page-turner that kept me awake at nights. What can you not like in a book full of political manipulations, secret governmental facilities, special abilities, and hidden experiments?!
“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.
Disclaimer: *Thank you Netgalley and Pantera Press Books for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.*
Often in TV shows, we hear “Jane Doe this” and “John Doe that”, especially about unidentified murder victims. Seeing the name appear again in Whisper, I couldn’t resist the urge and setting the book aside went on a little google hiatus to discover the story behind the names.
Honestly, I was hoping for something more dramatical – mysterious reasons behind “Jane Doe” name unraveled! But everything turned out to be rather bland. Apparently, the name came from British legal debate over action of ejectment in XIV century, that involved a hypothetical landlord or landowner called John Doe and equally hypothetical tenant Richard Roe. From what it seems, these names didn’t have any particular meaning and were chosen as the most common names at the time.
This created a custom in legal actions for unknown or unidentified people to carry the name of John / Jane Doe, sometimes also involving Richard Roe.
Now that the inner law student in me is satisfied with the explanation, we can move on to our Jane Doe, kept in secret governmental facility – Lengard.
She is trapped, she is miserable and she is silent. But most importantly she is a fighter and that is what we all love to see in our main characters. We accept it when they mope a little, we even feel sorry for them when they cry, but after a few paragraphs of moping, we love to see them pick themselves back up, and stand up against the cruels of this world!
Jane Doe might have accepted her faith, but she is definitely not a quitter, she won’t give them the satisfaction to see her finally break, even though inside she is already broken.
That is what all of the series I’ve mentioned earlier have in common, strong lead, conspiracy and political intrigues, and I live to read every single book with these traits.
Lynette Noni created an enthralling atmosphere using elements of sci-fi and political plays, hiding a lot of crucial information from her readers, which only made me want to turn pages faster and faster. Pleasantly surprised by captivating storytelling and engaging characters, Whisper automatically gained a 5-star rating from me and made it to my list of series to be read A.S.A.P.
If you are looking for a new YA dystopian / sci-fi series, this one should be on the top of your TBR list, together with Dark Gifts series by Vic James and Nyxia by Scott Reintgen.
Have you read any books by Lynette Noni? What other sci-fi / dystopian series would you recommend? Let me know in the comments down below!