Whisper – Lynette Noni – Kids Can Press – Published 1 May 2018
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.
Whisper by Lynette Noni is an awesome book. It so very easy to fall into and has so many tantalising clues, mysteries, and big reveals that it was impossible to stop reading. Supernatural sci-fi at its intriguing best.
For the past two years and six months, Jane Doe has been kept captive in a secret lab, continually tested and experimented on. She doesn’t know why she’s there and they don’t know her story or name, because for two years and six months Jane Doe hasn’t uttered a single word. But a new, and surprisingly kind, evaluator starts to break down Jane’s protective walls – and that could spell disaster for Jane and for the world.
Honestly, the less you know about Whisper, the better. The synopsis is deliberately vague, and you should avoid spoilers if you can because the genius of this story comes from the way it is so cleverly crafted. As I began to read Whisper I knew only what Jane knew, only what Jane was willing to share. Slowly, as the story progresses, new information and little clues help the reader to gradually learn Jane’s secrets and the secrets of the group who are holding her captive. But nothing is ever as it seems and there are endless reveals, twists, and turns.
Whisper was so readable. I started reading and before I knew it I was halfway through and I didn’t want to put this awesome book down. Jane is incredibly likeable. She is so very tough and yet her vulnerability is all too easy to spot. The cast of secondary characters are vibrant and equally loveable (or dislikable, depending on their role).
Reading Whisper gave me a comforting sense of nostalgia – no idea why, because it is unlike so many other books I’ve read before – yet it carries an almost familiar sci-fi awesomeness that is hard to describe without sharing spoilers.
Whisper is the first book in what is sure to be an action-packed and addictive series. I cannot wait to read book two, and I highly recommend Whisper.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Young adult fiction.
Themes: Supernatural abilities, experiments, government testing, relationships, grief.
Reading age guide: Ages 13 and up.
Advisory: Violence – references to experiments, torture, injury and death. No coarse language or sexual references.
Published: 1 May 2018 by Kids Can Press (Pantera Press in AUS)
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook. 320 pages.