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Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas
Published by Entangled Publishing
Reviewed by: Middle Sis
The Sisters Say: Gripping,
Mysterious and Gruesome
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.
From the moment I read the blurb about this one, I was
hooked. What’s not to love?
A dystopian society—check
Dangerous dream boy—check
And then when the cover was revealed, I wanted to read it
even more! This cover is absolutely
gorgeous, and I still can’t take my eyes off of it!
Enter a world where death is everywhere, where mystery
abounds, and where love and hate are two halves to the same whole. A thrill ride of a story, Luminosity won’t
just bring you to the edge of your seat, it will tip you right over!
I was intrigued by Stephanie’s world because it seemed like
it was set out of place and out of time.
It’s a world where paranormal powers exist and are commonplace, yet
revered and feared. It’s a world that
rose from the ashes of the past only to find itself, once more, on the brink of
destruction. What I find most
interesting is how it feels like there are no good guys. The story takes place from Beatrice’s point
of view (she’s a Seer), so we get a biased view of the world. Now I think it’s a biased view, not a
truthful view. Beatrice doesn’t know
much about her enemy, the Dreamcatchers, and as a result, we know little
nothing about them either. All we know
is that the Seers want to kill them and the Dreamcatchers want to kill the
Seers. So that is why I say there are no
good guys. There is so much mystery surrounding
their world that we know very little about why they hate each other. Because of this, you are always on edge,
wondering when a truth will surface—and when it does, whose truth will it
be? And can it even be called
truth? Stephanie’s world is a game of
cat and mouse, but the question is--who is the cat and who is the mouse?
Beatrice was an unusual heroine because I felt like she
wanted to do good, but she was pulled into a bad situation and didn’t know how
to fight back. She is revered as one of
the greatest Seers, yet she is unsure of herself and unsure about what she
really wants. I liked that even though
she was powerful, she was still weak and vulnerable in some aspects of her
life. However, there were times when I
got annoyed by her because I felt like she was being too naïve. She was too trusting, to a point where she
would trust people pointing a gun at her head.
At these points, I wanted to whack her upside the head and yell, “What
are you thinking??” Still, I was
captured by her struggle because she was unaware that she was walking such a
dangerous line between protector and betrayer.
So…I know what you are wanting to know. The guys, am I right? There are two in this book, Gabe and Echo;
and they couldn’t be more different.
Gabe is Beatrice’s best friend, but they are starting to become more
than that. I truthfully didn’t like Gabe
that much because I felt he was too fickle and sensitive. He likes Beatrice, but when Bea pays him
little attention because her mind is on the war (seriously, whose mind wouldn’t
be on the war?), he got all huffy and pouty about it. Still, they had some very sweet and sincere romantic
And Echo…the Dreamcatcher.
I like Echo because I always fall for the mysterious bad boy, even
though we don’t really know if Echo is the bad guy. He speaks in riddles (hot!), but he seems to
know exactly what Bea needs. They are
drawn to each other like a moth to the flame, and its possible, they just might
be the death of each other. But this is
what makes their relationship so compelling.
It’s built on trust when there should be none between them. It’s raw and emotional, yet at times void of
feeling. If ever there was a roller
coaster of a relationship, this would be it!
But who doesn’t love a good roller coaster?
Overall, this was a unique and enjoyable read. There were times when the action was slow and
I found myself wondering when things were going to pick up, but then the last
25% of the book came along and it was fight after fight, kiss after kiss,
revelation after revelation. I will warn
you though, be ready for some gruesome and very sad moments. There were deaths and murders that were
extremely upsetting to me as a parent because Stephanie did not shy away from
child death. So, put your tough skin on
to read this one.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book,
and be sure to purchase your copy today!
“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.”
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