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Silent Symmetry (The Embodied trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Silent Symmetry has an interesting premise and I enjoyed that about it. I also enjoyed Mr. Dutton's writing. However, there were also quite a few aspects of the book that left me baffled.
First and foremost, the clues that Kari followed in order to recognise that there was a mystery to the Emboldened seemed nonexistent. I get that a lot of it was supposed to be gut instinct, the lizard brain so to speak, on Kari's part. Though that left very little for the reader to follow and go, 'oh yea, that is weird, I wonder...' I had the exact same response to her feelings for both Cruz and Noon. They glanced at each other and BAM! Suddenly there were emotions flying all over the place, abrupt kisses, and even the occasional he "cares about me." Um...how does she know? Again, that lizard brain is whispering to her, but it left me lost.
The character descriptions seemed a bit on the light side too. I honestly don't know what a single one of them was supposed to look like, except that Cruz was of Puerto Rican decent and therefore dark complected. As a result, I had a hard time visualising any of them.
Next, some of the language made me want to scratch my eyes out. Things like Oh. Em. Gee—Not OMG or Oh My God, but Oh. Em. Gee. Yes, it's teenager speak, but it's wrong teenager speak (in my opinion, at least). Then there was the whole Eff thing. Eff or Effing was used instead of F_ _k. Every time this came up I found it jarring. Not just because it seemed out of place, or because it was so frequently used, or even because that's kind of a linguistic habit one person might have, but not multiple characters, but because other curse words were used without alteration.
Lastly, since this is the first in a series the book ended without me feeling like I had any real resolution. I kind of followed who the Emboldened were, but not really what they wanted with Kari. Is it the same thing that the Rebels wanted with her? If so, what was all the fighting about? And what of poor Cruz? Is his position secure? What of Emily? The book ended on a cliffhanger, not a seriously precipitous one, but still too early for the reader to feel any real sense of conclusion. This never makes me happy.
Again, the book is well written. I don't remember any real editorial issues. The plot seems interesting and the cover is eye catching. So even though I have some complaints I'm not really disparaging the book. It's worth picking up.
Also, there was romance in the book: a love triangle. However, to me, only one guy was so cute and truly caring towards Kari (I am now totally rooting for him until the end!). For some reason, I didn't get a good feeling from the other guy, even if he was mysterious (And, let me tell you, I normally do fall for the mysterious boy, but not this time). Kari's adventure was thrilling! But, sometimes, it seemed, she acted way too fast without thinking first about the consequences of her decisions (However, she is only sixteen!). Silent Symmetry is an original, wide-eyed throughout, full of mystery YA book! *Book 1 of a 3 part new sci-fi series :)*
P.S. I do hope in the second book a more detailed explanation is given about the embodied and their universe. And, if other people/the government are aware of their existence on Earth.
What I couldn't understand is why Kari was so hung up on Noon. He was expressionless and detached. I viewed him like a robot not as a person so I couldn't really feel what Kari was supposedly feeling for him. That mind reading stuff and being there all along was creepy as hell. When they professed their love for each other I could not relate. There was no build up to that and it was a WTF moment in a bad way.
Cruz was a lot of fun and I wished their relationship was portrayed more intensely. We were just told about their feelings rather than being shown so it felt like something was missing. And the way things ended up with them was just disappointing. Now that Noon was gone Cruz was the one getting the love. I was so disappointed in Kari at this point.
The ending was rather weird and many questions weren't answered. Why did they choose Kari for whatever project this was? What would be the purpose of her in the Dark Universe? What was Cruz's involvement in this alien scheme? How and why did Kari's Dad really die? Why did Cruz's Dad walk out on them at the same time Kari's Dad died and where has he been all this time? Is the new principal Cruz's Dad? But Cruz would recognize him if he was, right? Where did the cat Flash disappear to? And who or what was that white Persian cat? Who is going to pay school tuition for next semester? Why is it so important that Kari and Cruz attend this school anyway? Why did her grandparents just hand her over to a stranger?
Oh, yeah. It's only the first book. So I suspect the questions will be answered in the next books. Or not?
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