*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*
Finished reading on 28th November 2015.
Title: Five Seven Five
Author: C.E. Wilson
Series Status: The 1st book in The Boy With Words series
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Number of Pages: 200
(Found on Goodreads)
Take only what can be used. Take only what won’t be missed. The Creators are watching all of us.
White Frost lives in a world cloaked in darkness and ignorance. While most people in her society are content to live in fearful peace, White’s cousin brings her words from the mysterious Unknown. Strange collections of written words tease her that there may be more to the world than candlelight and dank hallways.
But when tragedy strikes, White can no longer rely on the words to give her solace. She must discover what lies beyond the only world she’s ever known… no matter the cost.
Eventually, White finds her way to the skies and there she discovers that the tantalizing clues of her words are only pale reflections of the massive and wondrous world above. Colors she never thought possible. Blinding light. And an impossible being who may or may not be the Creator of it all.
But this information comes at a price White Frost is not sure she can pay.
White’s hunger for knowledge proves to be her greatest strength and weakness as she strives to learn more. But as she learns, she has to wonder – is there such a thing as too much information? And what will happen as it brings her closer to a being who could destroy everything she’s ever known?
I was really pleasantly surprised by this book! It wasn’t what I was expecting at all…but then again, I didn’t really know what to expect. Even though the synopsis is quite long, it still somehow stayed vague, almost elusive – which is obviously what you want from a synopsis, otherwise too much is given away. This, combined with how short the book is, gave me a huge amount of intrigue, and I just had to read it as soon as possible.
This story is based on a girl called White, who lives in a very bland world. There’s hardly any colour – everything is black and grey – and there’s no change in weather. Everything is just constant. In the beginning, this seemed like such a bizarre world, especially when you add the people’s names to the mix. There was a bit of confusion at the start, but not in a bad way, more like in a way that made me read on to find out more.
I found myself asking a lot of questions. Who/what is the Creator? Why is there no colour in this world? What is the Unknown? Thankfully, all these questions were gradually revealed.
I loved the main character, White. Her curiosity
nearly always got the best of her, and she was such a little adventurer it was only a matter of time before she discovered what was in the Unknown (as mentioned in the synopsis). Her admiration for the world was refreshing, and made me feel like I take the world for granted. It really was an eye-opener.
Words bubbled in my throat, but nothing seemed to do the experience justice. How could I explain how the air smelled? How could I explain the vibrant colour of the ground? How could I describe the sound of rain pattering on the green mass below Kes’ feet? How could I describe anything if I didn’t have the proper vocabulary?
I can’t help but feel like this was a calm book. Instead of being like most YA books and being set around a huge problem in the world that will inevitably end in a war of sorts, this book instead is a story of adventure. You follow White as she explores and finds out the truth, and I loved seeing things through her eyes.
I couldn’t quite believe the ending.
Seriously. I need to know more! I don’t really know what to do with myself now. I’ll definitely be picking up the second book when it’s released! And also checking out more of C.E. Wilson’s books…there’s quite a few to browse through!
In the meantime, I need more people to read this book so I can talk to them about it without giving them spoilers.
Rated 4//5 stars!
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