Whispers in Autumn

Whispers in Autumn : Book 1 of the Last Year Series

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In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots. Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn't content at all, and she doesn't need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she's Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone. The autumn she meets Lucas, everything changes. Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race. It's not who they are that makes them special, but what. And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 22mm | 435g
  • North Charleston SC, United States
  • English
  • 1475235941
  • 9781475235944
  • 1,096,989

About Trisha Leigh

Raised by a family of ex-farmers and/or almost rocks stars from Southeastern Iowa, Trisha Leigh has a film degree from Texas Christian University. She currently lives in Kansas City, MO. Whispers in Autumn is her first novel, and she's hard at work on the remainder of the series. Her spare time is spent reviewing television and movies, relaxing with her loud, loving family, reading any book that falls into her hands, and being dragged into the fresh air by her dogs Yoda and Jilly. To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at trishaleigh.com.
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2,312 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (851)
3 23% (526)
2 6% (131)
1 3% (79)

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I've seen Whispers in Autumn around the blogosphere a lot, but I don't think I ever read the full summary. I basically went into it blind, with no expectations at all. It turned out to be a good tactic, because I was more than positively surprised. The idea was to read a few pages to see what it's about. I couldn't put it down until the battery on my ereader died. The story sucked me in from the first page. Althea wakes up in a different family every season, and no one seems to notice that she's been gone. Her "family" and schoolmates look at her but don't seem to really see her. The only thing that she keeps is a necklace with a mysterious note, and the smell of jasmine. On top of it all, the humans are under heavy mind control from an alien race called the Others. The humans are robots, deprived of emotions and free will. Althea is resistant to the mind control, and she seems to be the only one, until she meets Lucas who smells of pine trees... I love it how Trisha Leigh placed small clues throughout the novel. Some things you can guess, while other keep you on your toes until the end when all the elements (the seasons, the smells, the strange abilities) come together. The romance is everything but insta-love; both Althea and Lucas know they can't trust anyone, while at the same time they long for someone to confide in. Both of them are great characters, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the sequel takes them. One thing I wasn't completely happy was how, whenever it seems that Althea is in real danger, she gets away. The suspense builds up so many times and then takes a dive. I hoped for more face-to-face action. The final action scene was great, I just wish there was more of it throughout the novel. The final impression when I turned the last page was that the first book set up the stage for what's sure to be an awesome series. Whispers in Autumn is compelling and well-written, and Trisha Leigh created a part dystopian, part sci-fi world that is bound to please fans of both genres. Given that I'm a fan of aliens, sci-fi and dystopia, this book was "my thing" from the first page to the last one.show more
by Ivana
This review is posted also on my blog: www.justfantasybooksadis.blogspot.com Review Earth is ruled by the Others. A race of aliens who control people's feelings. And they're not doing this with force, but with mind control. But Althea thinks that is Something Else, and the note let in her necklace wrote by Ko confirms this. Althea pretend she is always happy - like everybody else - though in her deep she knows that she's not alone. And when she meets beautiful Lucas, everything starts to make sense. He is like her, Something Else. Together, they start to search answers. But soon they realize that the danger is really close. Deshi, their " friend " is an Other, too. And when Lucas and Althea discover that their parents are the Elements, and that both of them have some strange powers, like fire and water, they realize that the Others are on their trail. Everything turns into an adventure in which she would never expect to take part of. My favourite quotes " Thoughts of Lucas, of what the Others might alreasy have done to him, make me feel ill. I hope the Healer fixed his leg, but if I ever see Lucas again, I am going to punch him right in the face for not telling me how bad it had gotten. " ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ " We don't question the Others. They rule Earth, maintain order, protect us from the Wilds. But they are not us. They are Others." My opinion This book was perfect! I really can't believe that it finished so fast! :( I enjoyed every word. The story between Althea and Lucas was starting, slowly, to bloom. Trisha Leigh kept us in a continuous suspense. The original ideea, written with a lot of stile and talent, took me into another world, the place where are suppose to be us in two years, in 2015. Althea was afraid of the Others, wich was diferentiating her completely from the other inhabitants from Danbury. It usually happens the opposite - the main character is fearless. But this fact gave the book a little realism. The action was constant and I never get bored. It even made me get over the bedtime and read until dawn. I definately recommend this book and I really hope that I'll get the opportunity to read the second novel. Respect for Trisha Leigh!show more
by Sabrina
Whispers in Autumn is a unique and wonderfully written dystopia novel about aliens who have taken over Earth. The plot is very well thought out and the characters are very compelling. Althea is different than from everyone else. For some reason every season she jumps to a new home and to parents that are not hers. Every season except the summer and currently it is autumn. She has only one clue about herself. A necklace that has a secret message in it from someone named Ko. She knows not to trust anyone and then she meets Lucas. Soon she realizes he is just like her and they both could be in danger... Whispers in Autumn is the first in The Last Year series. I can honestly say that I cannot wait Winter Omens to be release in late September. This is a great YA dystopian adventure and one I would recommend to anyone.show more
by Dani Chapman
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