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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.
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.
As Kari starts to feel seeds of unease, the questions start to arrive in a fast and furious manner: although the answers are far less apparent. Just what is the ToT and just how much influence it has on this world, and on the live of the people who work for them is a slow-developing reveal, mixed in this smoothly paced story that demands you read on.
I will be the first to admit that Kari is often far more mature in her approach, speech, thinking and behavior than one would expect, or want to see in a high school teen. However, when you take into account her life experience and her only child status, it did fit her well, even as it may be problematic for some readers. Aside from that and my wishing that there was more of an explanation and solidity built to give more substance to the characters of the Embodied, I did enjoy this read. I think that many YA fans would appreciate this story, and be ready to read the second book in the trilogy when it comes available.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.