Happy Monday! I have for you today my review of Stephanie Thomas' Luminosity as part of the Luminosity Tour hosted by Shane@Itching for Books.
Here is a bit more about the author, Stephanie Thomas:
My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since. The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me. But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.
Paperback, 296 pages
Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by Entangled Teen.
Three stars: A dystopian book with a new paranormal angle: Dreamcatchers and Seers.
Bea awakens frantic with anxiety and her violet eyes glowing. Before she can gather her wits, the door to her small bunk area slides open and The Keeper enters. Bea is a Seer. She is blessed with visions of the future, but this gift means that she must live her life in the Institute after she was taken from her parents as an infant. As a Seer, it is her duty to relate her visions to their leader, The Keeper, who records and helps interpret the visions. They must protect all the Citizens living in the city from the enemy, the Dreamcatchers. The Dreamcatchers can catch Seers and Citizens and drain their life force. Bea's visions indicate something dangerous on the horizon. An impending war with the Dreamcatchers. Can Beatrice use her gift of foresight to help prevent the war?
What I Liked:
- I was impressed with the dark, dystopian society that Ms. Thomas presents in Luminosity. Her world is inhabited by the Seers, Dreamcatchers, and ordinary Citizens. I liked that new angles on Seers and Dreamcatchers. I am always pleased to encounter something original in the paranormal genre and the Dreamcatchers and Seers were definitely different.
- I really enjoyed the way the villain was portrayed in this one. The Keeper strides on scene with her digipad, billowing black robes and raven. At first, she seems like a caring and concerned leader but there is alway that subtle feeling that something about her isn't quite right. She comes across as sinister even though she seems like a good character. I liked that the hint of doubt was implanted early on and as the story progresses it grows.
- I liked that this was packed full of action and heart pounding scenes. This book keeps it coming and there is little time to catch your breath in between the adrenaline spiking moments.
- I liked the utilization of the dreams and visions in this one. We get to experience a lot of scenes inside Bea's dreams and visions and it is interesting to see the foretelling of events and later to learn how it plays out.
- I really liked the romantic relationship between Gabe and Bea. They are life long friends who over time feel the chemistry of attraction. I always enjoy when best friends fall for one another because it is a believable and realistic approach.
And The Not So Much:
- I did not like that this book utilized a love triangle. I never understood the attraction Bea felt for Echo. I think it was because I never had a strong picture of him as most of his appearances are in dreams. I never thought that Beatrice was meant to be with him.
- I wish I had a better understanding of the Dreamcatchers and how their powers worked. They drained the life force from the Citizens to restore themselves. Did they always have to kill the Citizens? They see the past, but what does that mean? Do they see all the way back in time, and how does that influence their behavior? At the end of the book, it seemed that the next book would focus more on Dreamcatchers and hopefully provide more insight.
- I didn't like that the Citizens came across as puppet, cardboard characters. The Seers are supposed to protect the ordinary people who lived in the city, but we never get an idea of what life is like in the city for these people who are not Seers. Is it a difficult life? Are they miserable? More detail and explanation on the Citizens and the makeup of the City would have enhanced the read. For the most part, the Citizens came across as disposable, and I didn't feel like the Seers felt any empathy toward them.
- This book has a troubling ending. It is a cliffhanger and I was not pleased with how things played out. I didn't like Bea's final choice and I do not understand why she would abandon her duties and her friends.
Luminosity is an interesting beginning to a new series. While the world building lacked a bit of detail, the world Ms. Thomas presents is unique. I enjoyed meeting the Seers and Dreamcatchers, the two halves that can see the future and the past. It is always nice to encounter something different in the paranormal genre. If you are looking for something creative, pick this one up.
“Beware what you cannot See. Trust what you cannot trust.’”
“I must save you, and you must save me.”
“Everything is starting to unravel into a pool of nonsense. And standing in the middle of the pool is Echo, handsome and tall, pleading with me to save him. Save us.”
“Why did I run away from him? Why couldn’t I have stayed? It isn’t Gabe I’m running from, though. It’s the thought of losing him.”
“My identity as Beatrice will soon become nothing, and I will fill the shoes of a monster.”
I received a copy of this book as part of a book tour. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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