July 28, 2017

#BookReview: Voiceless (Voiceless Duology #1) by E.G. Wilson

Adelaide Te Ngawai was thirteen when Maunga Richards stole her voice.

Addy is plunged into silence when a high school bully inflicts her with an incurable disease that leaves her unable to speak, write, or create. Vox Pox—a man-made malady that’s been terrorizing the city for months. Resilient, Addy fights to survive. To not be silenced. But then her brother, Theo, is infected as well.

Desperate for any information that might help cure Theo, Addy follows Maunga into a newly developed virtual psychoreality simulator and discovers a conspiracy deeper than she’d ever imagined. How far will she go to save her brother?

E.G. Wilson grew up on the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, those Pevensie kids, and the Swallows & Amazons. Further inspired by Sherlock, Firefly, and Tolkien’s Legendarium, she turned her hand to writing stories of her own and has never looked back. Introduced to National Novel Writing Month in 2012, she has completed the challenge every November without fail. Wilson lives in South Canterbury, New Zealand. She loves mountains, hates broad beans, and never wears matching socks. In high school, Wilson was voted Most Likely To Re-Write The Lord Of The Rings by her classmates. She thinks The Lord Of The Rings is just fine the way it is.

The setting is one that makes this book stand out in spades.  The premise of it was pretty good as well. The issues came with words that I didn't understand the meaning to and which the book gave no explanation for.  As for the story itself which became flat very shortly into the book.  The virtual reality setting was very interesting and I really did like the characters. I wish the characters would have had been better fleshed out and that their choices had better motivation that what we got.  For me this was a solid three star book but could easily be a 5 if a few things were fixed.  I am not sure if I will check out the next book or not since I am pretty much on the fence for this one.  I do hope that the author gets some feedback and gets thing moving forward faster than it was in this one. 

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