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For two and a half years, Subject 684 --- "Jane Doe" --- has been locked underground in a secret government facility, enduring tests and torture. In that time, she hasn't uttered a single word. Not even her real name. Jane chooses to remain silent rather than risk losing control over the power within her. She alone knows what havoc her words can cause. Then the authorities put her in the care of the mysterious Landon Ward, and Jane is surprised when he treats her like a person rather than a prisoner. Ward's protective nature causes her resolve to crack in spite of her best efforts to resist. Just as Jane begins to trust him, though, a freak accident reveals the dangerous power she has concealed for years. It also reveals that the government has been keeping secrets of its own. Now Jane's ability is at the heart of a sinister plot for vengeance, and she has to decide whom she will trust ... and whom she will help. Well-known throughout her native Australia, Lynette Noni creates compelling stories that appeal to devoted fantasy fans and general-interest readers alike. This novel's extended metaphor about finding --- and controlling --- one's voice and power will resonate with teens attempting to do just that. The slow-simmering romance, richly imagined world and unexpected plot twists will hook readers from the very first page.… (mehr)
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Whisper von Lynette Noni

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I really enjoyed this book! So many thanks to netgalley for providing me with an E-Arc in exchange for an honest review!

The first half of this book really drew me in, and the character of Jane Doe is pretty relatable, because anyone can be a Jane Doe, which I think really helped me connect with her character. The pacing was a bit odd throughout, like the first chapter where she meets with Ward feels a lot like it could also be the end of the novel in some way, but it's somewhere in the beginning of the novel. I went back and forth on liking Ward as a character though, because of the way he treated Jane after she finally spoke. I also feel like this has a bit of instalove, but that could just be me reading way too much into it.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book! It was a fast and enjoyable read, the character progression was well done and I feel like I fully understood all of the sci-fi esque elements even though I don't normally like sci-fi at all.

I would totally recommend this to anyone who likes sci-fi/dystopian novels! ( )
  AshleyReadsss | Jun 23, 2020 |
After the deaths of her parents, Jane Doe, fearing she may harm others, stopped speaking and checked into a mental health facility. Unwillingly transferred elsewhere, Jane’s subjected to psychological testing, physical training and outright torture, what they want from her and what she’s capable of is a mystery until someone convinces Jane to let down her guard, but will she regret it?

There are plenty of twists and turns in this book, it does make for a fast, addictive pace, but at the same time, I felt like some of those twists and turns weren’t quite as well motivated as I would have preferred. When the revelations started coming, it felt like there weren’t really concrete reasons why information had been withheld from Jane, it just didn’t make a whole lot of sense as to why anyone would have benefited from keeping her in the dark, it seemed as though information was withheld mostly as a device to create suspense rather than feeling organic to and driven by the story. The motivation also seemed a bit sketchy to me when Jane encounters a new group of people and almost immediately buys into what they’re selling, given what she’d been through with another group of people, I would have thought she’d be warier, more cautious, instead, she jumps right in and on top of that had weirdly little problem with being watched.

As much as I did question some explanations for things in the latter half of the book, I did really enjoy the start of this one, watching Jane go from this extremely isolated state to tentatively engaging with others again, being unsure who to trust, the chocolate chips, the tension of desperately trying to hold her tongue, right up until the moment after she’s forced to take life or death action, I was engaged and entertained, and on the strength of that first section of the book I’d be interested in trying more from this author. ( )
  SJGirl | Jun 17, 2019 |
*I received a copy from the publisher though NetGalley. This does not affect my review.*

I...LOVED IT! This book was one of those that I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I started. I had heard of Lynette Noni's other series, though I've yet to read it, but seeing SJMaas' praise, along with an interesting blurb, and I was all for it.

I'll admit, I rewrote this to be double sure to avoid spoilers, as the first one talked a lot about the characters. That said, this is one of those books that it's best to know next to nothing about so you can enjoy it as it unfolds.

This books starts out with a strange girl who is selected by a governmental facility for a 'program' go one is willing to tell her about. We aren't given a name, so she is called Jane Doe. For over 2 years, she hasn't spoken, or even responded to treatment, evaluation, or torture. In a last ditch effort to get a response, the Director tells her she had 30 days to show improvement, or she will be removed from the system. To sweeten the deal, he adds a new face to her schedule.

I loved the characters, plot, and writing style, but most of all, I love the mystery and sci-fi elements of this story! It's so fun unwrapping the layers of the story, and coupled with a fast-pace and complex original characters, I loved every moment of it!

Below is my original review, with possible spoilers

(Note, I tried to avoid all spoilers, but since I mention some characters from later in the book, I'm hiding it just in case.)

I LOVE the mystery in this one, but more than that, I enjoyed the characters. From the start, I was a big fan of JD (AKA Chip) but at first it drove me crazy that she didn't have any...personality. Though I understand why now, it bugged me, so I was ecstatic to see her start to respond to Ward. Speaking of Ward, I have a love/hate relationship with him, but that's for another time. That said, his parts was part of the reason I ended up loving this book so much. I love how he was just what Chip needed to feel...human? Even though I'm mad at him, he did help her.

Then we have Cami and Enzo. While like Ward, Enzo frustrates me, he's still a fun character, and important in JD's life. Cami on the other hand is pretty much innocent...well almost. But even still she was the best friend JD needed, and even with all the madness going on, she was the one 'safe place'.

Crew, Sneak, and Keeda were also fun to read about, but I didn't form as strong an opinion about them.

Kael (Chaol anyone?) got on my nerves pretty quickly. While I didn't hate him, the fact that he calls JD 'princess' all the time was grating. That said, I do like him, just not so much as a 'love interest', though I also don't like Ward in that light either...Is there a 'neither' option? But his powers were interesting, and I'm hoping to see a lot more of what he can do in the future.
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  Bookslesstravelled | Apr 2, 2019 |
Publisher's Summary:

“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.

My Personal Review:

(thanks to NetGalley and Pantera Press for an early copy in exchange for an honest review)

It's been a long time since I flew through a sci-fi/fantasy book in less than 2 days. The nature of these books sometimes get so intricate you have to keep stopping to try and catch up. That's not to say anything negative about this world Lynette has created. It just flowed naturally enough of its own that I didn't feel like I needed to stop and get my bearings. Whisper is one those novels that keeps you turning page after page even when there isn't something momentous happening.

At the very beginning of the book, I was reminded a lot of Shatter Me, which isn't a bad thing because I loved the first book in that series. But as the story progressed, I made myself stop comparing the two. Because let's be honest...anyone that has ever read YA sci-fi or fantasy novels has found themselves saying, "Oh, that sounds like 'so-and-so' book." There are going to be plot points and characters that trigger memories of other books you have read. What is most important is that the novel is able to stand on its own, and this one does.

I loved the unique powers that were introduced. There is definitely something to say for the power of words. I know we all grew up with the phrase, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." I understand the sentiment behind that, but let's face it, words do hurt. And that is exactly the struggle the main character, Jane Doe, faces in this book...how to control her words so they aren't used as a weapon. Other characters have different Speaking powers as well, and it was fascinating to see how they worked. I knew that some logistical piece of it was not going to make sense, but surprisingly, I found myself following along fairly well.

Overall, I think the writing was well done, and the plot moved at a steady pace with moments of tension that kept me glued to the pages. The characters were relatable and developed in way that I cared what happened to them and what they were feeling.

I'm sincerely hoping there will be a book two, and I hope my inclination about the love triangle is wrong....because I have the absolute worst luck with love triangles.
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  jawink22 | Feb 6, 2019 |
Like a cross between X-Men, Stranger Things and Maze Runner. A protagonist with an uncanny ability that she can't control (no Uncanny X-Men though, sadly!)
Mad scientists. An evil corporation that may or may not really be evil. That's already a premise that I love. Add to that the mysterious background of 'Jane' and her will to survive against the odds - I devoured this story in less than a day. ( )
  CarolynDenman | Nov 1, 2018 |
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For two and a half years, Subject 684 --- "Jane Doe" --- has been locked underground in a secret government facility, enduring tests and torture. In that time, she hasn't uttered a single word. Not even her real name. Jane chooses to remain silent rather than risk losing control over the power within her. She alone knows what havoc her words can cause. Then the authorities put her in the care of the mysterious Landon Ward, and Jane is surprised when he treats her like a person rather than a prisoner. Ward's protective nature causes her resolve to crack in spite of her best efforts to resist. Just as Jane begins to trust him, though, a freak accident reveals the dangerous power she has concealed for years. It also reveals that the government has been keeping secrets of its own. Now Jane's ability is at the heart of a sinister plot for vengeance, and she has to decide whom she will trust ... and whom she will help. Well-known throughout her native Australia, Lynette Noni creates compelling stories that appeal to devoted fantasy fans and general-interest readers alike. This novel's extended metaphor about finding --- and controlling --- one's voice and power will resonate with teens attempting to do just that. The slow-simmering romance, richly imagined world and unexpected plot twists will hook readers from the very first page.

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