Betrayals in Spring (The Last Year #3) by Trisha Leigh
3 of 5 stars
Althea, Lucas, and Pax must work together to devise a plan that will allow them to free Deshi, the fourth of their kind, whom they will need in order to overthrow the Others and free Earth from the Others’ power.
Nothing out here can threaten us. If that cat jumped, we’d have it charred, encased in ice, and swirled away in a tornado before it hit the ground.
Which might be overkill, but the point remains.
This book picks up from a cliffhanger and ends in a cliffhanger, without a lot of action in between, but with a whole lot of contemplating and doubting and planning and decision-making taking place. It contained necessary steps in Althea’s quest to free the humans from the Others’ influence, and resolved the love triangle introduced during the last book, but I felt this one progressed more slowly than the others. Like the last, there was some gore and torture that could be disturbing for younger readers.
Overall: A necessary part of the series, more focused on character development than plot progression
Other books in the series:
Winter Omens (The Last Year #2) by Trisha Leigh
3 of 5 stars
On the run, Althea and her new companion, Pax, learn more about the world — both what it was like prior to the Others’ invasion, and what the Wilds are like outside the Boundaries
My hands are shaking. It’s the cresting emotions racing through my bloodstream and lightening my brain. Love. Fear. Desperation. The mix overwhelms me until there’s no strength in my arms or anywhere else.
In this sequel to Whispers in Autumn, the author follows the typical YA dystopian pattern and puts her heroine outside society to see what it’s like there and focus on world-building while providing a bridge to the final part of the series. I enjoyed learning more about the history of Althea’s Earth, and was glad that more about the Others was revealed.
Unfortunately, this book didn’t provide quite the excitement and novelty that the first one did. The author also introduced a dreaded love triangle (uggggh, WHYYY!?!), and there were a few inconsistencies that distracted me from the story (Why didn’t Lucas skip winter again? and how did Althea know this was the case? Althea claims to be ignorant of what “twins” are, even after reading Harry Potter — which has twins Fred and George. Similarly, she has no idea what the word “heaven” means, though it’s mentioned in Anne of Green Gables, which she’s also read.)
Overall: Typical of second-in-a-YA-dystopian series, with lots of world building but not a whole lot of plot movement.
Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Playing along is the best choice. The Others have no reason to expect a fight, no reason to suspect someone like me exists. People report the Broken, if that’s what I am. The Others don’t spend much time considering humans any kind of threat. They don’t spend much time considering us at all, as far as I can tell.
In this YA dystopian sci-fi, Althea knows she is different from everyone around her, and struggles to keep it a secret from humanity’s alien overlords.
Sure, dystopian societies have been done before; teens having supernatural powers have been done before, too; but put them together with an intriguing backstory involving aliens brainwashing our politicians to slowly create one united nation under their own rule? Very interesting. Add in a bit of strange time/space-travel in which the main character skips around to a new place each season, and you have an intriguing premise, and one that actually delivers. I found myself interested in Althea’s story, curious about the Others (their alien overlords), and mystified by the other anomalies she encounters — people who aren’t quite like the other humans and don’t seem to be effected by the Others’ mind control.
This book does, however, have its downsides. Though the romance is believable, it does get kind of cheesy-pie-cute with their constant teasing and hand-holding. At one point, the love interest causes physical harm to another girl, which seemed really out of place with his otherwise playful, but gentle character. And there’s a few coincidences that lack believably (highlight for spoiler: All four Elements fall in love with a human AND reproduce within the same year? Not one of them realizes this may not be such a great idea?), but as far as YA dystopians go, it’s good to see that authors are still coming up with some unique ideas.
Overall: A stand-out among other YA dystopian novels for its intriguing premise: alien overlords + supernatural powers = WIN!